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.