UPDATED BELOW - WE HAVE a proverb in Dutch, "oude wijn in nieuwe zakken." It means literally, "old wine in new sacks," and it refers to a situation where the same old same old is being rewrapped and presented as something new.
For example, meet Patricius Visser. We all knew him here as Patrick Visser, the head of the Silva Tree reforestation swindle, which then was recycled into Sustainable Capital Group, headquartered in the BVI with its operations in Panama. Because his name is so tainted, he now tries to use "Patricius Visser" instead. Dumb. Won't work. Not as long as we are around.
VISSER THE TRAIN WRECK
Of course, everything that Visser touched turned into a disaster. Silva Tree went nowhere. Their projects in Mozambique, Suriname and Kenya all fell apart. Then his business partner, Maurice Sjerps, was arrested in Costa Rica for more scams with teak trees. They re-branded their scheme into Sustainable Capital Group Panama, but it didn't help much. Sure, they spent a ton of other people's money on seedlings and stuff, but they didn't sell. Stories began to emerge about workers not being paid. And so on.
The decision of the three principals, Patricius Visser, his wife Keren Katz and aforementioned Maurice Sjerps, to file criminal complaints in Panama against your reporter for "crimes against their honor" only made matters much worse. Attempts by Visser and his fellow hoodlums to have our stories about them removed from the web and the search engines all backfired majestically. The legal case is still pending in some court somewhere, and all it has done and will do is to guarantee Visser and his accomplices of my continued attention and coverage of their activities.
KIDNEY STONES SCAM
So, what is Visser up to now? Well, the last we read on his own site - now defunct - was how he failed to swindle the Panama tourism insurance service out of thousands of dollars when he tried to have them pay for the removal of kidney stones that he already had when he last arrived in the country. Of course it didn't work, and Patricius Visser had to max out his credit cards to pay the bills at the Punta Pacifica hospital before they allowed him to leave.
It seems he then went straight back to Israel, where he used to live in between running boiler room schemes in Spain and running scams in Panama with Paulownia trees and carbon credits.
REAL ESTATE SCHEMES IN THE PROMISED LAND
His Linkedin profile says that he resigned as a CEO from Sustainable Capital Group this month, "due to a desire to seek new challenges." Isn't that what disgraced politicians and corporate crooks always say when they finally get booted?
If he indeed resigned (this might very well be a lie, another attempt to disconnect his discredited name and reputation as a con man from the palm oil plantation business they're trying to do in Panama), what are those "new challenges"?
Well, we went on the internet and we found this: Patricius Visser has recently registered some new domains. One of them is investmentproperty.co.il, registered in his name and a company called Investment Property Ltd. at an address in Netanya, Israel. Patricius Visser, the prophet of investment scams, brings the wonders of real estate swindles to the promised land.
That is, if things work out. The websites of SCG Panama, his own, and all his other domains are all down. Stay tuned!
UPDATE May 27: Well, it looks like his sites are back up. That is, his personal site at patrick-visser.com seems to have been eliminated.
Then: Interestingly, on the web site of Sustainable Capital Group Panama there is no mention whatsoever about Visser resigning as CEO already three weeks ago. Nor who the new CEO is, for that matter. Furthermore, in the Public Registry Visser is still listed as the president of Sustainable Capital Group Panama (SCGPanama.pdf) so we think he's indeed lying - again. We think that SCG Panama is being abandoned, that there is no company to speak of any more, just a hollow shell, and tons of debt.
It gets even more interesting with Patricius Visser's new Israeli venture, Investment Property Ltd. The "about" page does not say anywhere that this is Patricius Visser's latest scheme. Very reassuring - ahem. He offers various property investment funds and some vague sounding Argentinean investment deals (reminds us of the fake wineries escape artist Roger Gallo was once selling there). The website is a piece of crap and the pages have hundreds of spam comments posted on them. So we're sure you're all standing in line to dump your money with this Visser clown!