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Some wacky items turn up when police raid the homes of suspects. The item at left looks like an AK-47 rifle. But it is ceramic. Security officials with the help of their dogs found it in a Desamparados home along with cartridges for a real AK-47. The homeowner faces drug and robbery investigations.

Piercy case is givings other expats the shivers
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The Judicial Investigating Organization said Thursday that there had been no new developments in the case of Ryan Piercy, the missing general manager of the Association of Residents of Costa Rica.

That may not have been completely true because if negotiations with kidnappers are going on, investigators would keep that information close to their chests.

That Piercy, a 45-year-old Canadian, had vanished sent shock waves through the expat community. He has many friends, and he also is among the first English speakers that many new arrivals meet here. The association runs relocation seminars for new expats and would-be expats every month.

Ryan also is Mr. Fixit for individual and general expat needs. For example, he helps negotiate group rates for new residents who have to join the Caja Costarricense de Seguro Social. The association also publishes El Residente magazine that is distributed worldwide. There are frequent articles there from Piercy.

He has been known to intercede on behalf of expats who might be experiencing problems with immigration applications.

Piercy's private vehicle turned up about 7 p.m. Tuesday on Ruta 32 in Heredia. The door was open.

If he is a kidnap victim, the personable Piercy probably was not targeted for his position in the residents association. He also holds an officer position in the family business, Casa Canada, an investment, real

estate and consultancy firm. Casa Canada is known for helping Canadians create legal overseas bank accounts and investments.

The Spanish language press quickly pointed out that Piercy's name was on more than a hundred corporations in the Registro Nacional. An unsophisticated crook might think this means he has lots of money. In many cases, it appears that Piercy was serving as the responsible party for a foreign investor who was the beneficial owner of the corporation.

People who seek to hide their holdings or who live outside Costa Rica frequently place trustworthy nominees like Piercy in charge of their corporations.  That way the name of the real owners do not appear in the public records.

But perhaps not for long. The Dirección General de Tributación has published for discussion a proposed decree that would require every corporation to provide the names of stockholders. The proposed decree seems to be designed to help the tax agency catch evaders. At least one lawyer thinks that the proposal is illegal and mandatory disclosure must be done via a new law.

The Piercy case has caused many expats to consider their own security. Some have written to A.M. Costa Rica.

The basic rules have not changed. Expats, men and women, should dress conservatively and without jewelry that would attract crooks. The vehicle should not be flashy, and employees should be checked rigorously. The use of cash is discouraged, and suspect locations should be avoided. Daily routines should be varied.

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High seas predicted in parts of Pacific

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Despite winds, the Caribbean coast is not likely to see high seas until at least Monday, but Puntarenas is expected to see the highest seas of the year today at 5 p.m.

That is the prediction from the Centro de Investigación en Ciencias del Mar y Limnología at the Universidad de Costa Rica.

By Sunday the north Pacific should be seeing choppy seas due to strong winds. That prediction includes the Gulf of Nicoya and even Lake Arenal.

Through Tuesday the Caribbean is expected to be good for navigation, said the center.

Distance storms are sending higher waves to the Pacific coast, the center said. The prediction is for the higher waves to arrive Monday.

Book sale for the animals in Coco

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Coco Animal Responsibility & Education plans its fund-raising annual book sale Saturday and Sunday from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Coldwell-Banker offices on the main boulevard in Playas del Coco, the organization said.

Books are priced at $1 or 6 for $5, said an announcement, adding that magazines, puzzles, games, and DVDs may be available as well. 

This is a nonprofit group in Playas del Coco concerned about the unwanted pet population in the area.  The organization sponsors low-cost spay/neuter clinics monthly, and the annual book sale is one of the major fundraisers.

U.S. Senate agrees that climate is changing

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

In a largely symbolic move, the U.S. Senate has formally acknowledged that global climate change is a real phenomenon and not a hoax. The Republican-led body, however, remains silent on whether human activity is to blame — a sign that meaningful legislation to cut U.S. carbon emissions is unlikely for the foreseeable future.

For years, scientists have spoken with an increasingly unified voice issuing increasingly dire warnings about global warming. Now, the Senate is on record saying climate change is, in fact, occurring.

One day after President Barack Obama told lawmakers that global warming must be confronted, the Senate affirmed almost unanimously that climate change is real. The measure was an amendment to a larger bill seeking approval of a pipeline to transport Canadian oil to U.S. gulf states — a project business interests strongly back and environmental groups vehemently decry.

Many Republicans who oppose unilateral U.S. efforts to cut carbon emissions voted for the amendment precisely because it did not assign blame for global warming. Sen. James Inhofe, an outspoken skeptic of climate change, explained his ‘yes’ vote this way:

"Climate is changing, and climate has always changed," he said. "The hoax is that there are some people so arrogant to think they can change climate. Man cannot change climate.”

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Ad pro assesses tourism campaign

Dear A.M. Costa Rica:

I am a former advertising executive having worked at such prestigious advertising agencies as J. Walter Thompson, McCann-Erickson, TBWA Chiat/Day and Deutsch. I also led advertising campaigns on travel-related accounts for Portuguese tourism, Iberia Airlines, Aeromexico and Fiesta Americana Hotels.

I mention my background because I want to establish my credentials before commenting on the savetheAmericans and savetheCanadians campaigns on your article of Jan. 22nd titled "Travel firm also targets unused U. S. vacation time." As you pointed out "The Web site had a 1,219,717 Alexa ranking earlier today. The Canadian site appeared to have fewer visitors, and it was ranked at 2,028,947 early today."

The first rule in advertising is to create AWARENESS. If the message does not get seen or heard often enough it will not be effective no matter how good the message, and from the Alexa statistics that definitely seems to be the case. The reason that this promotion/campaign seems to be focusing only on social media is because a $3 million investment is a paltry sum and the agency made a decision that it has to concentrate the dollars on only one medium however ineffective. Social media is cheaper than mass media. Costa Rica tourism can take solace in saying "Look we are promoting Costa Rican tourism," but in reality they are kidding themselves if they think that this campaign will have any significant impact.

As you have written before, these Web sites tend to be looked at by younger and less affluent readers and what Costa Rica tourism needs to be doing is going after older Baby Boomers that have the disposable income to take vacations. In order to reach Baby Boomers, the message has to be delivered by a combination of television and print advertising. The use of social media should not be abandoned, but it should only be used if the advertising budget is large enough.

With the small advertising budget, Costa Rica tourism will not be able to get the message out in an effective manner. Let's remember that there are other destinations besides Costa Rica fighting for the share of mind of consumers. The message also has to be compelling enough to position Costa Rica as a place that a vacationer would want to visit. Costa Rica is in a battle with other destinations and it seems to be losing the war with the current strategy.
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2014 tourism growth was less than many Central American countries
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Costa Rica with a 4.1 percent increase in tourism in 2014 lagged behind all but Panamá and Honduras in the percentage of growth.

World Tourism Organization figures say that Costa Rica attracted 2,427,941 arrivals in 2014. That's 98,876 more than the previous year.

But Belize showed 10.8 percent growth. Guatemala, Nicaragua and El Salvador all had higher growth figures than Costa Rica.

Panamá posted a 4.0 percent increase, and troubled Honduras showed just 2 percent.

The figures were compiled by the Instituto Costarricense de Turismo, which offered them at a press conference Thursday.

The institute said that the total arrivals in Costa Rica really were 2,526,817, a bit higher than the World Tourism Organization figures. But the percentage of increase still was 4.1 percent.

During the entire presentation there was no acknowledgement by tourism officials that more than 400,000 of the so-called tourists came from adjacent Nicaragua. This has been a continuing source of confusion with tourism figures. The statistics show that Central American tourism increased 5.8 percent in 2014.

Just 67.5 percent of the tourists come from North America, which includes México.

Europe which provided 16.5 percent of the nation's tourists showed a growth of 19.9 percent despite economic woes in the Eurozone.

Asian tourism was up 11.9 percent, but there were only 7,017 visitors. The country seeks to attract Chinese visitors, but William von Breymann, the minister, noted that there are no direct flights from the Asian giant to here.

The arrival statistics that the tourism institute presented came from the Dirección General de Migración y Extranjería. They showed that 796,405 persons entered the country by land in 2014.

The institute considers every foreigner who enters the country to be a tourist.

Many of the institute's statistics are gathered by survey takers at the two international airports. The institute reports how long an average tourist stays in the country and how much they spend, although the numbers probably do not have statistical rigor.  The Banco Central supplied figures for the total annual income from tourists, which was set at $2.6 billion.

Von Breymann fielded a question from a reporter about possible strategies to fight competition from Cuba if the United States loosens travel restrictions on its citizens. He did not outline a strategy but said that all Cuba can offer is sun and sand while Costa Rica has many more diverse attractions.

Cuba hopes to attract 3 million tourists this year despite the travel embargo.

Midday shootout in downtown San José puts one man in hospital
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Gunmen cut down a man in downtown San José in midday broad daylight Thursday.

The victim, identified by the Fuerza Pública by the last name of Alfaro was being treated for two bullet wounds in the stomach. He was reported to be serious but stable at Hospital  San Juan de Dios.

The shooting took place on Calle 4 between Avenida 10 and 12. Both judicial investigators and the Fuerza Pública said the man was confronted by four persons who shot him.
Three men and a woman were detained as suspects a short time later.

The Fuerza Pública officers entered a nearby rooming house and detained the four suspects. They said they located a .22-caliber revolver and an air pistol. They also found drugs, including cocaine, they said. The woman who was arrested had been released recently from prison by a judge, the Fuerza Pública added.

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Committee studying procuradora allegations to meet again today
By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

The current situation in which President Luis Guillermo Solís finds himself resembles that of U.S. president Richard Nixon shortly after the Watergate break-in in 1972.

Many U.S. commentators have said that if Nixon owned up to his responsibility for the burglary early in the scandal, he never would have had to resign.

Solís does not seem to be in any danger of resigning, but he and members of his administration have not been candid in the current flap around the procuradora general de la República, Ana Lorena Brenes.

A legislative committee decided Thursday to meet again today to determine what members will do.

For two days the committee, the Comisión de Control de Ingreso y Gasto Público, has heard the principal figures in the case. In addition to the procuradora, they heard Melvin Jiménez, the minister of the Presidencia, and former vice minister Daniel Soley.

Ms. Brenes claims that Soley threatened her or perhaps offered a bribe of an ambassadorship in a Jan. 6 meeting in order to get her to step down.

Soley, who has resigned, told the committee Thursday that the woman lied and that he might file a criminal complaint.
Jiménez said he did not know much about what his vice minister did and directed questions toward the president. However, the committee voted not to call the president in to testify.  Jiménez also said that the meeting between Soley and Ms. Brenes was of a personal nature and that he tried not to delve into the lives of his subordinates.

One lawmaker reminded him that he is a Lutheran bishop testifying under oath.

The complexities of the situation have not been lost on the public which quickly turned to jokes. One reporter was showing a graphic that represented Jiménez as an anchor. Radio talk shows were full of government criticism. The general theme was that citizens thought incorrectly they were electing a new type of government that would make radical and favorable changes. Even the Spanish language La Nación editorialized against politics as usual.

Jiménez has said he will not resign, and only the president can make him.

The president cannot fire Ms. Brenes because she was appointed by the Consejo de Gobierno for a six-year term and ratified by the Asamblea Legislativa. She has about a year left in her term. The ethical watchdog is part of her staff.

One theory is that the president wanted to appoint a new  procurador general and sent Soley to sound Ms. Brenes out about a possible ambassadorship. That is what she claims.

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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 16
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Obama threatens a veto
on anti-abortion measure

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

President Barack Obama has threatened to veto Republican legislation that aims to ensure no federal money is used to pay for abortions, as some conservative lawmakers fear may happen under the president’s health care law.

The White House said in a statement Thursday that exactly 42 years after the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Roe vs. Wade that abortion is legal, Republicans in Congress want to roll back that constitutional right.

The U.S. House of Representatives Thursday passed a bill permanently barring federal funding of abortions. However, the bill was only passed after Republican leaders dropped some harsher anti-abortion language.

The bill that was approved, on a mostly partisan vote of 242-179, prohibits federal subsidies for people using health insurance plans that cover abortions.

Outside the U.S. Capitol Thursday, thousands of people opposed to abortion being legal in the United States held their annual protest march.

Visiting nuns are in luck
as they see Mary exhibit

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

A group of Benedictine nuns from Massachusetts had just arrived in Washington, D.C., to march in an annual anti-abortion rally, when they saw a sign outside the National Museum of Women in the Arts announcing an ongoing exhibit.

“Meet Mary,” it said.

The nuns belong to the order known as the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, whose members consecrate their lives to the woman they call “The Blessed Mother” of Jesus. The rally wasn’t until later, and the exhibit was showcasing more than 60 depictions of Mary, including some by Michelangelo, Carvaggio and Botticelli.

“We have to go there!” one of the sisters exclaimed. Another suggested God had led them there.

The aim of the exhibit, which runs through April, is to show how the Virgin Mary was humanized by Baroque and Renaissance artists. One painting shows the Madonna tickling the baby Jesus, and in another she is breastfeeding him. 

But the gallery was criticized for neglecting less adoring depictions by modern artists, such as Chris Ofili’s “The Holy Virgin Mary,” which was made with elephant dung and shows her surrounded by pornographic cutouts.

Sensitivity over how religious figures are depicted cuts across faiths. In Islam, it was recently highlighted by the terrorist murder of 12 people at a French magazine that had published cartoons of the Prophet Muhammad, as well as religious figures of other faiths. 

Indeed, there has been no shortage of outrage over the portrayal of Christian symbols. In 2011, on Palm Sunday, French Catholic fundamentalists armed with hammers attacked “Piss Christ,” a photograph of a crucifix in a glass of urine that triggered much controversy in the U.S. in the 1980s. And when Ofili’s work was displayed at the Brooklyn Museum in 1999, New York Mayor Rudolph Guiliani threatened to cancel funding for the museum.

The director of the Washington women’s art museum, Susan Fisher Sterling, says religion and art can be a volatile combination.

“I believe that whether it is the Virgin Mary or other religious figures, it is an emotional response,” she said. “And when you talk about things that are so deeply ingrained in the human psyche and in the human heart, and that desire to raise to a higher level, I think it is a fraught subject.”

As she studied the masterpieces in the Washington museum’s show, Sister Marie Bernard said other galleries have been wrong to show provocative renderings of Mary, a woman to whom she has devoted her life.

“I find it horrifying that that would be allowed, in the public stream of art, to be viewed, when artists throughout the centuries have been trying so hard to depict her so beautifully as they have shown us here,” she said.

Dawn spacecraft to probe
dwarf planet for life signs

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft is set to reach the dwarf planet Ceres in March and begin gathering clues about whether the icy body may have once had conditions conducive to supporting life.

Dawn left Earth more than seven years ago on a course to explore two alien worlds in the solar system: Ceres and Vesta, both in the main asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter.

“This is the first time in more than 57 years of space exploration that we have a spacecraft targeted to orbit any two extraterrestrial destinations,” said Dawn chief engineer and mission director Marc Rayman.

Vesta and Ceres are considered protoplanets. They were "in the process of growing to become full-size planets when their growth was terminated,” Rayman said.

At the Dawn mission control center in Los Angeles, the flight team sends second-by-second instructions to the spacecraft, directing its every move, including the images it takes of what it sees.

Scientists believe Ceres is made of rock covered with a mantle of ice.  Dawn will take images and make a comprehensive map of this alien world. It will also examine Ceres’ composition to provide data on how its surface has evolved, said Carol Raymond, the mission's deputy principal investigator.

“One of the interests in bodies like Ceres and other icy bodies in the outer solar system is that when objects like that impacted the terrestrial planets, they brought a lot of water," she said. "So there’s a very vigorous debate at the current time as to whether wet asteroids like Ceres — and we know there are other wet asteroids in the outer edge of the main belt — whether they were the dominant source of water in the Earth’s ocean.”

Earlier in its mission, Dawn made an unexpected discovery while orbiting the protoplanet Vesta.

“Instead of being bone dry, which we expected, there were patches on the surface of Vesta that showed significant amounts of water bound in the rocks and possibly even free water that could have flowed on the surface in the past,” Raymond said.

Raymond said that if Earth’s water came from wet worlds like these, then life could have come with them as well.

If Dawn reveals that the environment on Ceres could be conducive to life, the finding may spur further explorations with other types of instruments to test that hypothesis. 

As for Dawn, it will gather information on Ceres until the summer of 2016.  Then it will continue to orbit the dwarf planet indefinitely.

Doomsday clock is moved
forward due to environment

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

Unchecked climate change and modernized nuclear arsenals prompted the Bulletin of Atomic Scientists to move the minute hand of the symbolic Doomsday Clock forward two minutes. It now stands at three minutes to midnight, reflecting the group's assessment of the current threats to humanity and the planet.

This is the first adjustment of the clock in three years. Since it was created in 1947 by scientists who helped develop the first atomic weapons, the minute hand of the clock has been moved 18 times. It stood as close as two minutes before midnight in 1953, after the first test of the hydrogen bomb, and was backed off to 17 minutes till midnight in 1991.

In announcing Thursday's time change, the organization said "world leaders have failed to act with the speed or on the scale required to protect citizens from potential catastrophe. These failures of political leadership endanger every person on Earth.”

It went on to call for quick action to avert catastrophe, including a cap on greenhouse gas emissions, reduced spending on nuclear weapons modernization, a re-energized disarmament process and a plan to deal with nuclear waste.

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This is a charred scroll on a scale.

Computer detective works
may save ancient scrolls

By the University of Kentucky news service

After working for more than 10 years on unlocking an ancient piece of history, what lies inside damaged Herculaneum scrolls, Professor Brent Seales will accomplish the next step in allowing the world to read the scrolls, which cannot be physically opened. A major development in the venture, Seales is building software that will visualize the scrolls' writings as they would be if unrolled.

He is chairman of the University of Kentucky's Department of Computer Science.
A breakthrough not only in digital imaging techniques, the first-of-its-kind software could also have profound impacts on history and literature. Seales says that each scroll may well be the only remaining copy as of yet unknown literature from the Classical era. Each scroll is 20 to 30 feet long, and Seales estimates each to contain at least 3,000 words.
"The sheer volume of words available for discovery is probably larger than the entire works of Shakespeare," said Seales.
The scrolls aren't your typical 2,000-year old papyri manuscripts. they were carbonized in the Mount Vesuvius volcanic eruption of A.D. 79, and later discovered as charred clumps in the Villa of the Papyri in the ancient Italian city of Herculaneum beginning in 1752. When others attempted to open them, the artifacts would often shatter beyond repair.
To reveal the works inside the remaining intact scrolls, Seales and his research collaborator from the Institut de France, Daniel Delattre, knew that virtual unrolling was the only way.
After successfully creating 2-D images of two Herculaneum scrolls in 2009 but not being able to detect the ink in them, Seales' colleagues believe they have recently identified ink in the scrolls after applying an x-ray method often used in the medical and archaeology communities.
The method, called propagation-based phase contrast imaging was recently featured in a Nature Communications article, "Revealing letters in rolled Herculaneum papyri by X-ray phase-contrast imaging," by authors Vito Mocella, Claudio Ferrero, Emmanuel Brun and Delattre, citing Seales' work on the scrolls. Seales says the researchers claim to see letters and, in a few instances, whole words.
Now that he and his team can see the writings, the next step in unveiling the writings to the world is to organize them. Without unrolling the scrolls, Seales' software will run extremely high-resolution images from the tangled surfaces, making sense of the jumbled letters into words, and words into passages.
"The software will combine novel methods for finding the scroll surfaces together with a user-guided interface for correcting mistakes and improving the automatic first-guess," he said.
In other words, it will pull out a page that displays writing from the data they currently have, and then identify where that page is inside the scrolls that now resemble charcoal. Because of this, Seales, his team, partners and physicists will be able to optimize the scanning process on site, allowing them to see an entire page "unwrapped" without ever leaving the facility. Eventually, the outcome will be as complete of a manuscript as possible of the remaining Herculaneum scrolls.
"We have a ton of data from all of our preliminary work, and from the 2009 to 2010 work. We're using that data to build software so that we can pull out large sections and flatten them," said Seales. "To date, no tool exists that can accomplish that. The software we're building will be the first to visualize data in that way, and it's crucial to uncovering the works inside the Herculaneum scrolls."
Supported by a three-year, $500,000 National Science Foundation grant and by Google, where Seales spent his sabbatical in 2012 to 2013, the computer science professor has begun working to develop the software. Seales' sabbatical at Google was crucial to the new imaging method, and he credits Google as the impetus for being unstuck in the project.
In addition to UK students, Seales is working with Seth Parker, video editor at the UK Center for Visualization and Virtual Environments, and collaborating with Delattre in France, as well as Roger Macfarlane, a researcher at Brigham Young University. They hope to travel back to Grenoble, France, in the spring to conduct major scans on the two scrolls scanned in 2009. The scans will utilize Seales' software, as well as the new x-ray technique.
Seales said the project plan is to release working software and datasets as soon as possible for scholars to examine.
"By project's end, the team hopes to have created a software tool and a set of scans of scrolls that together will transform the hopelessly damaged Herculaneum collection into new literary discoveries," he said.
Unmasking the Herculaneum writings is only the beginning. Seales hopes the work to uncover and decipher these ancient scrolls will propel other efforts forward, leading to an even greater impact on our understanding of classical history and literature, and revolutionary digital imaging.
"I dream of seeing renewed excavation at the Villa of the Papyri. Many believe that a treasure trove of undiscovered scrolls are waiting there to be unearthed. If more are found, these methods could be used to read them," said Seales.

U.N. holds first session
to talk about anti-Semitism

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

French philosopher Bernard-Henri Levy says faulting Jews has become the rallying cry of what he calls a new order of assassins.

Levy was the keynote speaker Thursday at the first U.N. General Assembly called exclusively to talk about anti-Semitism.

Levy pointed out to the delegates that the U.N. was founded in 1945, in part, to prevent another global catastrophe like the Holocaust.

Ron Prosor, Israel's U.N. ambassador, vowed that Israel would safeguard the Jewish people and the Jewish state.

U.S. Ambassador Samantha Power condemned hatred of Jews as a monstrous global problem. She said that according to the FBI, two-thirds of religion-oriented hate crimes in the United States have targeted Jews.

Delegates also heard from Saudi Arabian Ambassador Abdallah al-Moualimi, who said Islamic countries condemn all words and acts that lead to hatred of both Jews and Muslims.

Thursday's meeting was planned before the Jan. 9 terrorist attack on a Jewish supermarket in Paris where an Islamic extremist killed four people and held others hostage before he was killed by police.

Automatic teller ponzi
nets up to $100 million

Special to A.M. Costa Rica

LOS ANGELES – The president of a Calabasas, California, firm that was used to run a ponzi scheme that caused investors to lose more than $100 million pleaded guilty this week to federal fraud charges.

The president, Joel Barry Gillis, 74, of Woodland Hills, California pleaded guilty in relation to a 13-year-long scheme that collected hundreds of millions from investors who were told their money would be used to purchase profitable automated teller machines.

The second man charged in the scheme related to Nationwide Automated Systems, Inc., Edward Wishner, 76, also of Woodland Hills, who held various titles including vice president, pleaded guilty Jan.13 in the case that bilked approximately 2,000 investors.

Gillis and Wishner each pleaded guilty to conspiracy, two counts of mail fraud and one count of wire fraud. As a result of their guilty pleas, each defendant faces a statutory maximum sentence of 80 years in federal prison.

Both men are scheduled to be sentenced on March 30 by U. S. District Judge S. James Otero.

According to documents filed in court, Gillis and Wishner operated Nationwide, which purported to place, operate and maintain ATMs in high-traffic locations, such as hotels, casinos and convenience stores. Nationwide claimed that it operated approximately 31,000 ATMs and was involved in more than $1 billion in ATM transactions every month.

Victim-investors paid a flat amount, typically $12,000, but in some cases as much as $19,800, to buy a specific ATM, each of which was to be installed at a specific location. Gillis and Wishner told victim-investors that Nationwide would lease back the ATMs and pay investors 50 cents for each transaction performed at their particular ATM, guaranteeing annual returns of 20 percent on each ATM.

Nationwide did make monthly payments to investors, but that money came from other investors. While Nationwide did operate a small number of ATMs, no more than 250, which were owned by the company and not investors, the overall operation was a sham. Gillis and Wishner prevented investors from discovering the fraudulent nature of the business by providing bogus monthly reports to the investors that falsely detailed the supposed performance of the investors’ ATMs. Gillis and Wishner also included a non-interference provision in the lease agreements that prohibited victim-investors from visiting the locations where their ATMs were supposedly located.

The scheme unraveled this past summer. In August, the firm bounced approximately $3 million in checks that had been sent by Nationwide as monthly returns to victim-investors, according to the charging document in the case. By the end of the month, Nationwide had drained its bank account, drawing it down to a balance of less than $200,000, the document said.

But, even as the ponzi was collapsing, Gillis and Wishner continued to raise another $4 million from victim-investors.
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Grecia 884
Beautiful large house in Grecia, Costa Rica, with the best fresh natural weather. The property includes 9 challets and 12.000 m2 of land,  1,000 m2 of construction. Price $498,000. Click HERE!
Grecia 881
Beautiful house in Grecia, Costa Rica,  2 kilometers from the city.   340 m2 of land.
Price $135,000. Click
Grecia 898
Beautiful house in Grecia downtown. Full security cameras. Land 250 m2.  Price $400,000.  Click HERE!
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Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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Tambor three for jan. 15
Total area of the property is 23 hectares at $425,000. There's an option to buy 2 sub lots, the first one is land with no construction of 890 sqm at $19,900. The second, 1,700 sqm including a small house, for the price of $65,000
Located 300 meters from the south Jacó . First house is 110 sqm with 2 bedrooms, 1 bathroom,  private pool, A/C, kitchen and separate laundry. Second is a 120m, two-story house with 2 bedrooms, There's a small lot has its own entrance and is perfect for building  $280,000.
This 115 sqm condo is located four blocks from the heart of Santa Ana. It is a corner unit with a view of the green area from your living room. Two bedrooms, a master bedroom with an ensuite bathroom. Kitchen is clean and modern. Home is in good condition, and ready to move into. $132.000.
Contact Jo-Anne  Cell phone number: 506 8310-2915
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Med house
Mediterranean inspired home overlooking the Bay of Nicoya and Pacific Ocean. This design allows for barrier free living, yet maximizes views from every room in the house . Vaulted ceiling over the living area and kitchen give the great room it’s spacious, open feeling with a natural stone fireplace and imported Spanish tile floors. $365,000.   Property: 22,000 m2 or 5.5 acres. Construction: 4,500 sq. ft. including porches and garage. 3 nedrooms, 2 baths, full dining room, separate office. Custom wrought iron gates, custom exotic wood cabinets, high-end stainless steel appliances, Granite countertops.    Slide show at   
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La Fortuna Distress Sale
Divorce forced wife to return to the U.S. with bills to pay. Just wants to get out from under. Modern 2-bedroom home on over 1100m2 intended for apartments or condos. Easy walk to center of town, great volcano view. $140,000 with 50 percent financing arranged. On vacation rental program now producing nice income, but Costa Rica no longer in her future. For details contact

Ringle resort
on one big lot in Esterillos Oeste, (Central Pacific)
Located on a breezy hill just 4 minutes walk to the beach, surf and tide-pools, only 20 minutes drive north to Jacó nightlife and shopping or south to the rural town of Parrita.

First, a 2-storey, 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1½-bathroom house with big kitchen and living room.  Full-width verandah with eating and sitting areas, overlooking lawn, pool and gazebo. Sitting balcony at upper, bedroom level.  Carport. and laundry. 

Second, a completely private single-storey. 2-bedroom (sleeps 4), 1-bathroom home with big back yard at a lower level on the same, big fully titled 1,100M2 lot.. Full security bars at all doors and windows, plus locking vehicle access and pedestrian gates at the street. In a very safe neighborhood, with private and natural surroundings

Well maintained, fully and tastefully furnished and equipped, hot water, local phone, cable TV/DVD and high speed wireless internet   The houses have been rented for both long-term and vacation for $100/$80 per day and $1,500/$1,200 per month respectively. See this place, you will love it! Then make an offer. E-mail or call (506) 8386-8825.  Rodney, asking $350,000.

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Cariari luxury condo for sale
 PRICE REDUCED FROM $235,000 to $195,000
This is not an ordinary condo. Completed one year ago, a $45,000 renovating made it an exquisite dwelling. As soon as you walk in you know it is a special home. No detail has been overlooked, even minuscule ones. The owner has a need to move on, and someone lucky will be the beneficiary of the fine detailed work. The home itself has three bedrooms, two and half bathrooms plus a maid’s quarters with its own bathroom. Also, it has a living room, dining room and a gorgeous kitchen with a kitchenette. There’s also a small outdoor patio. Being the end unit of this four-home condo complex, there’s parking space for three vehicles.  Approximately 240 sq. meters. All this near the Cariari Golf and Country Club and its renowned Tom Facio golf course. The club also has amenities such as a fitness centre, exercise room, Olympic swimming pool, sauna, 12 tennis courts and many other benefits. Tel:  8384-9608 or 2293-9054  Price $195,000.

Atenas home
This developer's prime lot with super house is being offered in Roca Verde, 7,006 M2 of gentle grade, all landscaped for tropical effect, 3 bedrooms 2 baths with tile floors and hardwood kitchen, near the entrance of the neighborhood. Great floor plan on this one! There is a double carport, and a large patio and pool, wheelhouse style living room and many other features. View, large usable lot, close to town, nice, oh yeah. $495,000.

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Another 'live in the view' home in Puriscal
$179,900 includes:
Lot on river, concrete road, custom kitchen & bath with granite counter tops, PEX plumbing, 2” Styrofoam, sandwiched in steel roof, 4” concrete/recycled Styrofoam & steel walls, laminated, bronzed windows, custom wood doors, appliances and all transfer taxes, and fees.

2, 900 sq feet under roof, 1,250 sq feet inside walls, 2 bedroom, 2 ½ baths, laundry room, three separate patio areas, covered carport, shade trees, in upscale, secure project.  This project has river with protected areas & walkways. It is only 10 minutes on all paved roads to Santiago de Puriscal, 45 minutes to La Plaza Mall/Hospital CIMA and SJO airport, and 1 ½ hours to Pacific Beaches. It has recently upgraded public water supply and dependable ICE electric and high-speed internet.
Please come visit our projects and meet four new homeowners who have recently moved into their new “live in the view” homes to verify how happy they are and that they all came in under budget. CONTACT: George Lundquist  Home phone: 2417-1041 Cell phone: 8888 4543 Skype glundquist.
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Maneul Antonio
Manuel Antonio Estates focuses on building vacation homes for clients within Manuel Antonio Estates and Palmas Pacifica. We take care of the details from permits and design to supervision of construction and management of the rentals, if needed. We provide privacy and security, and our gated community offers shared common recreational facilities, beautiful landscaping and parking areas. Our homes and lots are located just minutes from the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. If you've ever considered buying a second home, just minutes from the beach, do not hesitate, if you have any questions or would like to request more information please take full advantage of our Costa Rica real estate services and contact us today!
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Ciudad Colon
Great Deal!! Apartment in condo with pool and extensive green areas:
Ciudad Colón, San José $112,000
The apartment has a master bedroom with a large ensuite bathroom with bath tub, and a smaller second bedroom/office with air conditioning. It has a second full bathroom, living/dining room, laundry room with hot water tank and storage area. The kitchen comes with granite countertops, a breakfast bar and new dishwasher. It has 82 m2 of construction. 2 balconies with beautiful views of the river and mountains. Private parking for one car. Elevator and a well presented reception area. Located in a very quiet and private neighborhood just 400 meters from the centre of Ciudad Colón. Within minutes to all major amenities in Santa Ana and Escazú. Easy access to the beach (less than 1.5 hrs).  24-hour security, visitor parking, pool, extensive and lush green areas, BBQ area, children’s playground and its own water treatment plant. Contact (506) 6022-9294 or 6022-9967, for further info or to arrange a viewing.

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Outrageous blowout prices on oceanfront condos in Los Sueños!

Located in the private Bay Residence enclave overlooking the Pacific Ocean in Los Sueños Resort and Marina, there are three gorgeous units available at unbelievable bargain pricing from $589,000.  All of these beautiful units are three bedrooms and two baths, 2,200 square feet, fully furnished and ready to move in.  Development includes a gym, access to 3 pools, jacuzzis, BBQ areas and the Beach Club.  If you’ve always wanted to own in Los Sueños, now is the time!  Contact  or call 8702-0778.  From U.S. call 209-482-1788.

Top floor unit: $649,000   Second floor unit: $675,000  Garden unit: $589,000

Newly available in Roca Verde
Well-built home of 215 m2, 3 bedrooms, two bath on 1,150 m2 of lot, with attractive rock retaining wall, carport, and a pool. Indoors there are high, vaulted hardwood ceiling, bright rooms, a laundry room.  The floor is ceramic tile in pastel shades. $247,000. Photos: 2446-5587.

San Ramon
Mountain home w/million dollar view near San Ramón
Beautiful home in the mountains near San Ramón with 180-degree view of the gulf of Nicoya.7 miles from San Ramón, 1 mile from Interamericana highway. 3,200 ft. elevation so temp is 65 to 75 year around. Electric gate, private drive. house built in 2010. 2 bedrooms, 1 baths, appliances included. High-speed internet installed, Direct TV via sling box on Internet. $199,000 Contact   Check out slide show HERE!


Beach Front Home - Central Pacific Coast
Pristine condition, recently renovated. The best surfing and boogie boarding in the country. The most magnificent ocean and sunset view. New 20-year, fully registered concession on one of the most beautiful beaches in Costa Rica. Easy access from San José (1 hour 25 minutes) located between Jacó and Manuel Antonio, in Esterillos Oeste.  2 or 3 bedrooms. Center room can be living room. House with 2 1/2 baths. Separated rancho with kitchen and large entertainment patio. Landscaped garden with no water shortage. Has both municipal and well water with automatic watering system. Direct access to the beach as no road is in front of property. Protected land on one side of the property for additional privacy.  Alarm system and complete shutters for security while away. Lot approximately 1,725 square meters, Asking price: $385.000.  Contact to Paul at local phone 506- 2637-8858  Cell phone 506- 8823-8550 .  US Mobile 908-400-9772  Emails:  and


Spectacular view property on a ridge near Alajuela.  Large home and 3 rental homes totaling 7,300 square feet (678 square meters) live-in construction.  Property area is 3,376 square meters (0.83 acres) including a vacant lot for expansion options.  In total there are 10 bedrooms, each with an ensuite bath.  Property has pool, rancho, mirador, courtyard and covered parking.  Homes have romantic fireplaces, built-ins, storage, other luxury features.  Turnkey sale includes all appliances, furniture, fixtures, equipment.  Call Gerry at (506) 2441-8796 or e-mail at  See property video here:

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ARenal property
Location: Near Arenal        Price: $2.7 million
Size: 113 acres
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The farm is at the highest point on a stunning ridge bordered by pristine Costa Rican primary forest on all sides of the property, with active wildlife all throughout the area. On each of its gently rolling terraced lomas you get a glimpse of Volcán Arenal from a distance. This property has four different lagunas, a working organic farm and nursery, mature fruit trees, sheep corral, ideal for grazing horses with stunning views from all the hillsides. The Northern Zone of Costa Rica is the country's best kept secret, providing a perfect home base location to travel the country's many destinations while still maintaining the best climate at 400 meters above sea level.

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Jaco hotel

Beautiful beach hotel for sale.
Located at Jacó Beach, Costa Rica, Pacific Ocean.
Apartotel Costa Arenas is located just 5 minutes from the beach and 10 minutes from Jacó Downtown. The perfect place to rest in a cozy and familiar environment; surrounded by beautiful gardens. We have 11 fully equipped apartments. Also has swimming pool for adults and children and private parking 24 hours.  Retail value US$700,000.00   Contact:   Carlos Díaz  Local CR Phone: (506) 2643-2085   Email:   Web:

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San José, Costa Rica, Friday, Jan. 23, 2015, Vol. 15, No. 16
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European Central Bank opts to buy bonds

By the A.M. Costa Rica wire services

The European Central Bank has launched an ambitious stimulus program aimed to stop deflation and boost the ailing, 19-member eurozone.  The  bank plans to buy billions of dollars worth of eurozone bonds in the coming months. 

More than a year ago, European Central Bank President Mario Draghi said the institution would do whatever it takes to preserve the struggling euro currency zone.  Thursday, the bank delivered action. 

Draghi said the bank will inject up to $1.3 trillion or more into the eurozone economy, buying up government bonds.

"We believe that the measures taken today will be effective, will raise inflation, medium-term inflation expectations, and basically address the economic situation in the euro area," he said.

The European Central Bank will begin buying nearly $69 billion worth of government bonds each month through September 2016.  The measure aims to encourage banks in the eurozone countries to lend more, at lower interest rates.  That is expected to push businesses and consumers to borrow and spend more.

The European Central Bank has set a target of a less than 2 percent inflation rate.  That is well above the current level.  Last month, eurozone inflation had dipped below zero. 

The bank also said it is cutting the interest rate it charges on loans to commercial banks.

The bond buying program is known as quantitative easing.  The United States and Britain have used this program to recover from the global financial crisis.  But Draghi warned the new measures only go so far.

"What monetary policy can do is create the basis for growth.  For growth to pick up, you need investment. For investment you need confidence.  And for confidence, you need structural reforms.  The ECB has taken a further, very expansionary measure today.  But now it is up to the governments to implement these structural reforms.  And the more they do, the more effective will be our monetary policy."
The ECB action had been widely anticipated, but Thursday's announcement exceeded some expectations and led to mixed reactions. 

The European action is controversial. The eurozone's biggest economy, Germany, has opposed the bond-buying, voicing fears that the stimulus measure will give the bloc's weakest economies, such as Greece, less incentive to reform their debt-ridden governments.

Speaking before the bank's action, German Chancellor Angela Merkel told the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, that no matter what the bank did, Europe's political leaders need to put a framework for recovery in place.

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Construction starts on new border crossing

By the A.M. Costa Rica staff

Construction has started on a frontier post at the Las Tablillas border crossing in Los Chiles de Alajuela.

The border post is expected to be in service by April. The crossing will operate on a temporary basis then until more development takes place.

The central government sees the border crossing as an important transport link that will be used for cargo coming from the new Moín container handling terminal.

The opening of a bridge over the Rio San Juan in adjacent Nicaragua has created the need for the crossing for individuals, said the government.