And we have another great example of how just about any foreign swindler can set up shop in Panama: The Christian Science Monitor reports today how a company called Silva Tree is falsely claiming to be a certified carbon offset project, making claims as to a "guaranteed" return on investment (there is no such thing in reforestation) and they claim to have 350 hectares planted with trees while they own only 200 hectares of land. Sounds familiar? It is familiar. This is exactly the type of crap that frauds like San Cristobal and Prime Forestry were disseminating.
So who are these Silva Tree people? It's three people, Maurice Sjerps, Patrick Visser and Keren Katz.
Patrick Visser turns up some really interesting results by just doing a simple Google search. It appears that Mr. Visser was previously in the business of ripping off people in the Spanish real estate market and dabbled in the wonderful world of timeshare sales. A quote from one of his supposed victims:
It was obvious that we had been duped by a cunning and devious fraudster. The police told our lawyer that they had received several other complaints of fraud and theft by Patrick Visser and had started an investigation, but they also failed to locate Patrick and the investigation appears to have been closed. It seems that soon after the complaints came in he ceased operations in Spain and fled.
So, how long do you think it will take before this Silva Tree business goes down as well?