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developer detained briefly in fraud case
By Michael Krumholtz
of the A.M. Costa Rica
Judicial agents briefly detained Craig Williamson, the real estate
developer behind a purported billion dollar project in Guanacaste,
because he failed to appear in court to answer a fraud charge.
A prosecutor released Williamson Wednesday afternoon a few hours after
the initial arrest once court officials fixed a new preliminary hearing
for Oct. 16, Williamson said via a call from his cell phone. According
to the arrest warrant, Williamson faces a criminal charge of fraud.
The prosecuting lawyer in the case, Juan Francisco Ruíz, said
Williamson failed to show up for multiple hearings, including the most
recent one July 22. The arrest warrant was issued that day.
Williamson is working with Frank Biden, younger brother of the U. S.
vice president, on a massive development in Libería that has
promising multiple casinos, hotels, and a Jack Nicklaus signature golf
In mid-June Williamson said a major announcement on the project would
be made on July 2. However no word came of breaking ground for the
long-stalled construction. The developer said he and his associates had
to postpone again and that Wednesday's detention will not affect the
Guanacaste Country Club, the name for the supposed $921 million project.
When reached for comment Wednesday afternoon, Biden said he was unaware
of Williamson's arrest but that it “absolutely” does
the country club's construction. He declined to comment
any further on the state of the country club until he could talk to
“I'm sure there's a logical explanation for all of this,” Biden said
from the United States by telephone.
In addition to not showing up for a preliminary hearing, the warrant
from a criminal court in Liberia said that Williamson failed to update
his address after moving, which put him in contempt.
that he doesn't want the Libería project to be attached to this
criminal accusation because “it doesn't have any validity.”
In a June
Williamson denied knowing Ruíz, but said Wednesday that the
been “bullying” him for five years concerning the case of alleged
fraud. He also denied in June that he had any knowledge of the upcoming
He added that he is preparing to counter with legal
action against Ruíz. “He has been trying to extort money from
The criminal case stems from an allegation by a Canadian, Boyd Wade
Kendall, who, Ruíz said, is trying to recover money he invested
Williamson maintains a Web site
for Guanacaste Country Club selling home sites and also one for a firm
called Virtus One, that says it owns and operates an array of
companies, land assets, contracts and developments in the resort,
recreation, utility and technology industry, according to its Web site.
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