Dane Suspected of Fraud Arrested in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

Dane Suspected of Fraud Arrested in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica

A Danish citizen was arrested in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica last week on suspicion of committing massive fraud in the country, said police in a press statement.

The Lebanese-born Dane, who goes by the name of Youssef Khater is suspected of conning a woman in Quepos, Puntarenas in Costa Rica’s Central Pacific region out of 10 million colones (over US$18,000), according to police and the Costa Rican Spanish daily La Prensa Libre.

The report claims the Dane charmed his way into the life of his female victim and then drained her bank accounts of her money.

A Facebook post on January 3 reveals that the Dane’s charm may be slipping. A woman named Sasha warned everyone in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica to stay away from Khater, who she calls both “dangerous” and “a psychopath.”

Youssef Khater is was held last week in a Puerto Viejo jail for two days while the authorities investigated further, and then released.

Khater, who is reportedly in his late 30s, has previously been sought in both northern Jutland and Copenhagen in connection with alleged fraud, arson, embezzlement and forgery, reported the Danish English-language paper CPH Post Online.

Along with his suspected crimes in Denmark, Youssef Khater was jailed in Chile for 18 months in 2012 for the attempted murder of a young American woman he briefly lived with, according to the TexasMonthly.

Source: http://news.co.cr/dane-suspected-fraud-arrested-puerto-viejo-costa-rica/55023/

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Berygtet dansker anholdt i udlandet – tidligere dømt for mordforsøg: Nu er han løsladt – men ingen ved præcis hvorfor

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Berygtet dansker anholdt i udlandet – tidligere dømt for mordforsøg: Nu er han løsladt – men ingen ved præcis hvorfor

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Foto: Politiet i Costa Rica

En berygtet dansk statsborger, der af flere medier kaldes en ‘international svindler’ blev tirsdag anholdt i Costa Rica. Nu er han blevet løsladt igen, men ingen myndigheder kan tilsyneladende forklare hvorfor.

Det skriver The Tico Times.

Tirsdag blev den libanesisk fødte dansker anholdt i byen Puerto Viejo i Costa Rica på baggrund af anklager om svindel. Siden er han dog hurtigt blevet løsladt igen, bekræfter det nationale politi over for det lokale medie.

Politiet mener dog ikke, at de bærer ansvaret for at have løsladt danskeren, der angiveligt har en sag om svindel på sig. Ifølge den nationale politimyndighed er det den undersøgende politienhed (OIJ), der hører under højesteret, som bærer ansvaret.

OIJ fortæller til The Tico Times, at danskeren ikke var efterlyst hos Interpol, og selvom han har en sigtelse for svindel fra 2012, blev han altså løsladt. Det gjorde man, fordi danskeren angiveligt havde gjort det klart, at han vil være tilgængelig i forbindelse med den kommende sag, forklarer en talsperson fra OIJ til The Tico Times.

Både den nationale politimyndighed og OIJ mener dog ikke, at de selv bærer det reelle ansvar for danskerens løsladelse og kan ikke forklare de helt konkrete detaljer i forløbet.

Udenrigsministeriets Borgerservice bekræfter mandag morgen, at en dansker har været anholdt.

»Vi kan bekræfte, at en dansk statsborger kortvarigt har været anholdt I Costa Rica. Vi kan ikke bidrage med yderligere oplysninger pga. tavshedspligt i personsager,« siger den vagthavende til BT.

Den nu løsladte dansker, der er i slutningen af 30’erne, er allerede kendt af flere myndigheder verden over og har både været eftersøgt herhjemme og i udlandet, ligesom han har afsonet fængselsdomme i både Danmark og Chile.

I 2012 blev danskeren i Chile dømt for mordforsøg på en amerikansk kvinde, som han i en overgang havde boet sammen med i landets hovedstad Santiago.

Ifølge en længere feature i Texas Monthly, som også har været omtalt i flere internationale medier, var der tale om en 23-årig amerikansk kvinde, som danskeren forsøgte at begrave levende tæt på huset, hvor de begge boede. Siden gik en intens jagt i gang på manden i Chile, og det lykkedes politiet i Santiago at anholde ham – hvorefter han siden blev dømt.

Texas Monthly har også beskrevet, hvordan flere chilenske psykologer vurderede, at danskeren havde flere psykopatiske træk.

Ifølge Hvidovre Avis, der tidligere har skrevet om danskeren, har han også noget af et blakket ry herhjemme. Danskeren har således tidligere været eftersøgt på Københavns Vestegn og i Nordjylland for både bedrageri, brandstiftelse, underslæb og dokumentfalsk.

Han er ifølge samme avis i et enkelt tilfælde blevet kendt skyldig i at have bedraget sig til 30.000 kroner fra et butikscenter, ligesom han har været kendt skyldig i falsk anmeldelse. På den baggrund har han afsonet fire måneders fængsel herhjemme, før han altså vendte tilbage til Costa Rica.

Danskeren er i flere medier beskrevet som en ekstremløber, og har tidligere brugt sporten til at svindle sig til sponsorater.

Source: http://www.bt.dk/udland/berygtet-dansker-anholdt-i-udlandet-tidligere-doemt-for-mordforsoeg-nu-er-han

Dane reportedly arrested for fraud in Costa Rica

‘Conman’ already well-known to Danish authorities

Dane reportedly arrested for fraud in Costa Rica

A Danish citizen has reportedly been arrested in Puerto Viejo, Costa Rica on suspicion he has committed massive fraud in the country.

The Lebanese-born Dane, who goes by the name of Youssef Khater, is suspected of conning a woman out of 10 million colones (132,000 kroner), according to the local newspaper La Prensa Libre.

A charming conman

The report claims the Dane charmed his way into the life of his female victim and then drained her bank accounts of her money.

A Facebook post on January 3 reveals that Youssef Khater’s charm may be slipping. A woman named Sasha warned everyone in Puerto Viejo to stay away from the Dane, who she calls both “dangerous” and “a psychopath”.

Youssef Khater is currently being held in a Puerto Viejo jail while the Costa Rican authorities investigate further.

Long record

Youssef Khater, who is reportedly in his late 30s, has previously been sought in both northern Jutland and Copenhagen in connection with alleged fraud, arson, embezzlement and forgery.

Along with his domestic crimes, Youssef Khater was jailed in Chile for 18 months in 2012 for the attempted murder of a young American woman he briefly lived with.

The Foreign Ministry’s consular service would neither confirm nor deny the details of the current case.

Source: http://cphpost.dk/news/dane-reportedly-arrested-for-fraud-in-costa-rica.html

UPDATE: ‘International con artist’ quickly released after arrest in Puerto Viejo on fraud charge

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UPDATE: ‘International con artist’ quickly released after arrest in Puerto Viejo on fraud charge

UPDATE Friday Jan. 6 at 2:46 p.m.:

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Danish expat Youssef Khater has been wanted since 2014 for a fraud case in Quepos, according to police. (Courtesy of MSP)

Following his arrest Tuesday morning in Puerto Viejo, Danish national Youssef Khater was quickly released by Costa Rican authorities, according to multiple officials. A spokeswoman for the National Police Force confirmed in a phone call to The Tico Times that Khater is free again after his short-lived detainment but said the police were not responsible for his release and that responsibility falls on the Judicial Investigation Police (OIJ).

A spokesman from the OIJ press team told The Tico Times that local investigators received numerous calls from Puerto Viejo residents in the days leading up to Khater’s arrest. When those investigators called Interpol to see if he was wanted, Interpol agents told them Khater’s record was clean. Though he has a pending charge for fraud stemming from a 2012 complaint, the OIJ spokesman said that Khater is presenting himself to the appropriate authorities for hearings and trials regarding the charge, and said therefore that OIJ had no reason to hold him.

Neither spokespeople from OIJ nor the National Police Force could confirm exactly when or why Khater was set free again, both saying that the exact details of his release were the responsibility of the other institution.

The Tico Times was made aware of his release in an email tip Thursday by a woman claiming to have seen Khater on a bus from San José back to Puerto Viejo. The woman claims Khater was talking to a Swedish woman traveling alone while the two were located in the seats in front of her. The tipster said she warned the lone traveler about media reports she had seen of Khater.

Original story continues here:

Ever since notorious U.S. fraudster Robert Vesco bought amnesty in Costa Rica, the country has seen a long line of international fugitives follow in his footsteps and make their way across Costa Rican borders.

A Danish man once described in a Texas Monthly exposé as an “international con artist” was the latest wanted criminal to be arrested when the National Police Force and Tourism Police detained him Tuesday in Puerto Viejo, on Costa Rica’s Caribbean coast, on accusations of fraud.

Youssef Khater, a Danish expat of Lebanese origin who has been living in Costa Rica since at least 2014, was quickly placed in preventive prison in Limón, per the police report.

According to a 2014 article from Spanish-language daily Diario Extra, Khater was wanted for defrauding Canadian expat Marie Taylor in the amount of $18,000 in Quepos after meeting her at a local race. He had reportedly defrauded a second foreign athlete of thousands of dollars more.

An avid marathoner, Khater is shown in Facebook photos competing in races across Costa Rica.

Journalist Francesca Mari’s reporting for the Texas Monthly detailed a horrifying account of Khater burying 23-year-old Callie Quinn alive in Chile in 2011. Fortunately, Quinn escaped and Khater was eventually imprisoned in the Chilean capital of Santiago for attempted murder, according to the account. After Khater was released and sometime later fled to Costa Rica, Quinn would come to find out that the man who tried to kill her had a long, checkered past.

“Callie discovered that her attacker, Youssef Khater, had befriended and conned sportspeople and expats around the world — in Denmark, Brazil, and Chile,” wrote Mari in a story published by Texas Monthly on Dec. 18, 2015. “He had nearly clobbered a London runner to death. And in his home country, he’d even convinced some 50 people to wire him thousands of dollars, telling them that they were booking tickets for a trip to a ‘sports city’ in Dubai owned by a prince. He also seduced many kind, generous, and smart women along the way.”

A Facebook user in local expat groups posted warnings about Khater Tuesday morning shortly before his capture in Puerto Viejo, attempting to deter people from confronting or befriending the “true psychopath.” In messages exchanged with The Tico Times, the poster said she did not have any personal dealings with Khater but had come across the story on the Internet.

Source: http://www.ticotimes.net/2017/01/05/international-con-man-detained-puerto-viejo-fraud-charge

Medie: Berygtet dansker anholdt i udlandet – tidligere dømt for at begrave kvinde levende

Medie: Berygtet dansker anholdt i udlandet – tidligere dømt for at begrave kvinde levende

En dansk mand, der af flere medier beskrives om en ‘international svindler, er angiveligt blevet anholdt i kystbyen Puerto Viejo i Costa Rica.

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Foto: Politiet i Costa Rica

Det skriver det lokale medie The Tico Times News.

Danskeren, der er i slutningen af 30’erne, er allerede kendt af flere myndigheder verden over og har både været eftersøgt herhjemme og i udlandet, ligesom han har afsonet fængselsdomme i både Danmark og Chile.

I 2012 blev danskeren i Chile dømt for mordforsøg på en amerikansk kvinde, som han i en overgang havde boet sammen med i landets hovedstad Santiago.

Ifølge en længere feature i Texas Monthly, som også har været omtalt i flere internationale medier, var der tale om en 23-årig amerikansk kvinde, som danskeren forsøgte at begrave levende tæt på huset, hvor de begge boede. Siden gik en intens jagt igang på manden i Chile, og det lykkedes politiet i Santiago at anholde ham – hvorefter han siden blev dømt. Texas Monthly har også beskrevet, hvordan flere chilenske psykologer vurderede, at danskeren havde flere psykopatiske træk.

Nu kan han altså også risikere en dom i Costa Rica, hvor han ifølge Tico Times er blevet anholdt tirsdag af den nationale politistyrke på baggrund af anklager om svindel.

Ifølge en politirapport, som det lokale medie har haft adgang til, er danskeren placeret i et fængsel i byen Limón.

Danskeren, der er libanesisk født, har angiveligt været efterlyst af politiet i Costa Rica siden 2014, fordi han har snydt en kvinde for et større pengebeløb på godt 130.000 kroner i byen Quepos i Costa Rica.

Ifølge Hvidovre Avis, der tidligere har skrevet om danskeren, har han også noget af et blakket ry herhjemme. Danskeren har således tidligere været eftersøgt på Københavns Vestegn og i Nordjylland for både bedrageri, brandstiftelse, underslæb og dokumentfalsk.

Han er ifølge samme avis i et enkelt tilfælde blevet kendt skyldig i at have bedraget sig til 30.000 kroner fra et butikscenter, ligesom han har været kendt skyldig i falsk anmeldelse. På den baggrund har han afsonet fire måneders fængsel herhjemme, før han altså vendte tilbage til Costa Rica.

Danskeren er i flere medier beskrevet som en ekstremløber, og har tidligere brugt sporten til at svindle sig til sponsorater.

Udenrigsministeriets Borgerservice vil over for BT hverken be- eller afkræfte historien om, at danskeren er anholdt i Costa Rica.

»Vi undersøger sagen,« lød beskeden fra den vagthavende hos borgerservice torsdag aften – og meldingen er den samme fredag formiddag.

Source: http://www.bt.dk/krimi/medie-berygtet-dansker-anholdt-i-udlandet-tidligere-doemt-for-at-begrave-kvinde

Arrest report was overstated, cops say

Arrest report was overstated, cops say

A Tuesday arrest report by police turned out to be a false alarm.

Fuerza Pública and Policía Turística officers announced then that Youssef Khater, a Danish citizen of Lebanese origin, was arrested in Puerto Viejo on an allegation of conducting a scam upon a victim in Quepos. Khater had two 2014 complaints made against him for charges of fraud involving taking other persons’ money.

Thursday the Ministerio de Seguridad Pública readjusted the report. Khater was merely held by police on the street in one of their random stop-and-frisk searches for around two hours, the ministry said. The police claimed the purpose of this stop was to confiscate any illegal items such as drugs. Officers also said they were attempting to verify the identity of Khater.

Rafael Araya, the regional director for the Fuerza Pública in the Caribbean zone, insisted that Khater was not formally arrested on any charges. Araya also quickly confirmed that Khater was released upon finding nothing incriminating and verifying his identity. He was not, as the Tuesday report suggested, turned over to judicial agents and detained in a Limón cell.

The Judicial Investigating Organization confirmed Thursday that the woman in question who brought formal charges against Khater in this instance is the same person as from the 2014 complaint and that both complaints are inactive.

Source: http://amcostaricaarchives.com/2017/01/arrest-report-was-overstated-cops-say/

 

Berygtet dansker anholdt i Costa Rica: Mistænkt for omfattende svindel

Berygtet dansker anholdt i Costa Rica: Mistænkt for omfattende svindel

En dansk statsborger er blevet anholdt i Costa Rica mistænkt for omfattende svindel. Udenrigsministeriets Borgerservice vil hverken be- eller afkræfte oplysningerne, men undersøger sagen.

Youssef in Brazil in 2010.

Youssef in Brazil in 2010.

Den libanesisk-fødte dansker Youssef Khater er for den menige mand måske et ubeskrevet blad, men i nationale såvel som internationale myndigheds-registre er han langt fra en ‘Hr. hvem-som-helst’.

I Danmark har Youssef Khater ifølge Hvidovre Avis, som har skrevet en del om danskeren, der i dag er sidst i trediverne, tidligere været eftersøgt i både Nordjylland op på Vestegnen for bedrageri, brandstiftelse, underslæb og dokumentfalsk.

Udover Youssef Khaters hjemlige unoder blev han i Chile tilbage i 2012 idømt 541 dages fængsel for mordforsøg på en ung amerikansk kvinde, som han kortvarigt havde boet med.

Nu ser det ud til, at endnu en lovovertrædelse måske skal føjes til Youssef Khaters i forvejen veludfyldte generalieblad.

Danskeren er ifølge avisen La Prensa Libre blevet anholdt i Costa Rica mistænkt for at svindle en kvinde for 10 millioner colones, som er den costaricanske møntfod. Det svarer til 132.000 kroner.

Over for metroxpress vil Udenrigsministeriets Borgerservice torsdag aften hverken be- eller afkræfte oplysningerne om danskeren, men den vagthavende fortæller, at “de lige nu er i færd med at undersøge sagen”.

Udover en kriminel løbebane har Youssef Khater gennem mange år profileret sig som ekstremløber, og det var også i forbindelse med et ekstremløb, at danskeren befandt sig i Costa Rica, hvor den seneste svindelsag altså har udspillet sig.

Helt præcis i den costaricanske by Puerto Viejo, hvor sikkerhedsstyrker natten til mandag anholdt den libanesisk-fødte dansker, der er sidst i trediverne.

Ifølge La Prensa Libre, som har et billede af anholdelsen af danskeren, har Youssef Khater smigret det kvindelige offer for at komme ind på livet af hende for herefter at lænse hendes kreditkort for 132.000 kroner.

Et opslag på Facebook fra den 3. januar 2017 vidner om, at Youssef Khaters blakkede ry er ved at indhente ham. Her advarer en dame ved navn Sasha alle i Puerto Viejo mod danskeren, som hun kalder både “farlig” og “psykopat”.

Youssef Khater sidder ifølge avisens oplysninger lige nu fængslet, imens de costaricanske myndigheder undersøger sagen nærmere.

Source: http://www.mx.dk/nyheder/danmark/story/17750728