THINGS are not going well for Canadian serial scammer Monte Friesner and his myriad of schemes in Panama. Our sources inside his offices told us how Friesner goes around yelling and screaming and slamming doors while making random accusations against his employees of leaking information to Bananama Republic, calling us "nazi jewish smut bloggers" and promising us financial ruin - at this point he usually has to stop to wipe the foam off his mouth.
His terrorizing of his staff has led to a situation in which most employees are now actively seeking other work. Just weeks ago, customer care manager Katherina Matos quit as she couldn't deal with Friesner's aggressive behavior and constant accusations any more.
Oddly enough, her picture still features on the Pronto Cash Facebook pages, where president Mrs. Tatiana Nazarova writes about her: "I have been posting photos of the many staff members of ProntoCash and one of the most important positions is that of Manager of Customer Service which is Katherina who has been with me over two (2) years. Yes, many of my staff have been part of me for a long period of time. They are diligent, loyal and hard working, but what would expect? - This is Panama and the people here are wonderful."
Isn't it just tragic how even such wonderfully abusive labor relations come to an end in a paradise like Panama?
Update: We're told that Maribel González, of the accounting department, also left Friesner's hellhole.
However, Matos is only the last in a long list of employees that either resigns or is fired by Friesner, with accusations of sexual harassment, theft and espionage flying back and forth:
Jahaira Morris: Quit after 1 week.
Yasireth Mas: Sexual harassment, Friesner told everyone she had gonorrhea.
Lisseth Hall: Filed a criminal complaint against Friesner for sexual harassment.
Marina Piano: Was his assistant and Friesner accused her of theft without ever backing up that claim or filing a complaint.
Shirley Rios: Friesner's in-house lawyer. She quit when Lisseth Hall quit because she was Hall's witness.
Claudia Espinosa: Worked at the Panama sailing school and quit.
Lucy Cardoze: Kicked out, Friesner accused her of spying.
Yoel and Patricia: Fired from the Panama Sailing School for unknown reasons.
Luz Moreno: Fired from the Panama Sailing School. Friesner alleged that she was using the office to prostitute herself - after she had rejected his advances.
Gianella Torres: Fired from the Panama Sailing School.
Itzel Molinar: Kicked out after a sexual harassment case.
Evijaem da Luz: Quit.
Martha Serrano: Fired.
The coming and going of employees at Friesner's offices is not mirrored by the frequency of new clients coming in, sources tell us. Pronto Cash, the prepaid card flagship of the Friesner Panama network, is not attracting many customers - there's probably little confidence in depositing funds in a card provided by a convicted financial con man protected by a string of rogue lawyers.
WILL THE REAL WEB DESIGNER PLEASE RISE?
Talking about Pronto Cash, it appears that mediocre web design companies are competing for credits for the design of the no less mediocre Pronto Cash website. We were first alerted to a blurb on the site of hilimedia.com announcing the launch of pronto-cash.com in Panama. Hilimedia is part of a business network that includes one Ursula Kiener Ford and appears to be run by one Mackenze McAleer who is on the face of it not just a bad web designer (templates with minor adjustments is as good as it gets) but obviously doesn't do any due diligence or vetting of his clients either.
Yet, when we actually visited the pronto-cash.com website, on the bottom of the page it gives a design credit to something called Design Compass Corp, owned by a guy called Ivan Komlev, and which on its portfolio page features similarly horrendous designs to that of Hilimedia. And again, it seems that the vetting process for new clients is not part of the business process there either. These people just accept whichever crazy antisemitic crook knocks at their front door as their valued customer.
So, who really did design the pronto-cash.com page? The only explanation we can come up with is that unscrupulous designers have somehow made an agreement to share the blame for that trainwreck of a website.
Not that it's very important, but crappy web design seems to be the common denominator among the expat crowd that hangs out with Friesner. In addition to Friesner's own sites and those of his designers, the site of scam pimp Don Winner where Friesner pumps his shady ventures is not likely to win any design awards either. And then we stumbled upon thepanamaconnection.com (wear sunglasses!) - no further comment necessary - which is owned by Mr. Michael G Hinton, a notorious drunk with a habit of sending death threats to people he doesn't like. Not too long ago, the Friesner family was accompanied by Canadian/Australian expat Peter Gordon (of HSBC fame) on a trip to visit Mr. Hinton. Gordon, who operates on message boards as a bit of a shill for Monte Friesner, had the following to say about that trip:
I went with him to Mike Hintons place as I saw an opportunity to kill 3 birds with one stone, namely to meet Mike and see his property, visit Dennis Melton, meet Mr. Freisner, and lastly but not the least, I love puppies, and I wanted to see Mike's 10 or 11 new puppies.
Ah! They were looking for a new poodle!