• NorthendFool

    Been around since 2003 so you know the ropes. So where are all of your connections????? You said nothing about your case. I love the way gringos come down here and immediately want to change things. As if CR needs to be saved from the boogie man.

    • duke ster

      Yes, please let us know about your case. Is it something horrible that you are accused of? Can anyone in Costa Rica get another person thrown into prison by accusations? Yes the system is bad, you are unfortunately, in a central American prison. This should be a warning to ALL citizens of USA. Stay OUT of Costa Rica and in fact ALL of central America. Watch out for Nicaragua because it is waaaay worse than Costa Rica. And finally your statement that the world “Once the character and quality of the people are exposed to the world, Costa Rica will see an unprecedented prosperous period of time” HAHAHAH -ARE YOU SERIOUS? Once the character of Costa Rican people is exposed to the world, there will probably be an IMMEDIATE forceful move by all humanity- to NUKE the country out of existence! The Bible says that “Thieves, liars, fornicators and scammers will not be allowed into heaven” That means ALL ( or almost all) of the people living in Costa Rica. ( Gringos included) will be left out–NO BARRED is a better word, from Heaven!! What part of “Thou shall not steal” of the Bible’s 10 commandments do most of the Costa Rican’s and the low life Gringos who hide there – NOT UNDERSTAND?

      • Iddy Yutt

        You nailed it ! The best thing about heaven is ther will be zero Ticos and catholics, in general.
        True ” Pura Vida”

  • Hydrangea

    This is not the US and the legal system is not based on British Common LAw. it is based on Napoleanic law. No innocent before proven guilty. Gee, so unfair…..

  • cindy

    Yes, the system might be broke. I know at least 4 people that have eluded being thrown in jail for their misdeeds yet are free to keep up their criminal, immoral, unethical and criminal behavior.

  • duke ster

    By the way, My experience with OIJ is that they worked VERY hard and diligently to try to arrest the thief who stole a huge amount of my possessions and OIJ worked to get the return of my possessions stolen by another Gringo! Yes I am a gringo who gave work to another Gringo who was down and out and this is the way “Poker Dan” of Alajuela returned my goodness, by stealing from me and my family! After I went to the OIJ office to start a report, they said they would meet me at my home in 1 hour and they were RIGHT ON TIME! They were VERY serious and went all over my neighborhood getting witness testimony. I can’t say enough good things about MY experiences with the OIJ. There are some really FINE Costa Rican people. I actually feel sorry for the Costa Rican’s because the only idea of what a citizen of USA is all about is from what they see 1st hand in Costa Rica and the VAST majority of gringos in Costa Rica are low life scumbags who couldn’t adjust to life in USA or whatever country they came from. As the saying goes, “Costa Rica is the land of the wanted and unwanted” meaning the Gringos here are either wanted by some police agency in their home country, or unwanted by the society from which they came. However , having said that, the Latin culture on the whole, is awash with thieves and liars and low lifes, it is a cultural flaw, I am afraid. This is the Latin way. The only saving grace is those of any culture who have been either raised right or are fighting the evil that tries to invade their hearts daily and are aware of the saving grace of God through Jesus Christ.

    • dr meno

      well spoken. well except for the religious stuff.

    • Michelle

      This is so true; glad people are finally “getting it” now. Whoever thinks Ticos are the nicest people in the world don’t speak Spanish or have a clue of what’s going on – or your realtor is feeding you a bunch of BS. All gringo businessmen that are drawn to CR are the ones who are losers in their home countries, want to exploit the opportunities in Central America and think they are kings because they can afford hookers and blow. – “the VAST majority of gringos in Costa Rica are low life scumbags who couldn’t adjust to life in USA or whatever country they came from. As the saying goes, “Costa Rica is the land of the wanted and unwanted” meaning the Gringos here are either wanted by some police agency in their home country, or unwanted by the society from which they came. However , having said that, the Latin culture on the whole, is awash with thieves and liars and low lifes, it is a cultural flaw, I am afraid. This is the Latin way.”

  • Mitch Robertson

    You say you are improving Jaco, for who? Yourself? Building half million dollar condos for the local people? I don’t think so. Why don’t you build sustainable housing for affordable living? Your another gringo getting rich that’s it! And you got caught ripping some people off some people onshore. Now your doing what you do best, your making your play with words because you are having a moment of epiphany while your in the Costa Rica prison among the common people native to this country, some innocent some guilty. The exposure is having a psychological effect on you by now at 120 days, just as it would on a POW held by his captives in a small enclosure over a long period of time. Sorry but you did the crime, you do the time. If you don’t remember the charges I suggest you read the papers, they do.

  • dr meno

    “Standard of Living”. Don’t impose YOUR standard of living on others. or the USA’s standard of living. This is what causes these darn wars around the world, Study your history. ALSO you might be guilty because you never address your side of th erase or the other guys side. Meaning your case is about WHAT? I have experience the court system here in the Family, Penal, and Civil. AND it is not for us. They don’t like US crowding up their system. Did you bring any dirty money down here? My researched has put suspicion on these 80-90% unfinished projects up and down the Costanera. THEY ARE money laundering fronts. I am not accusing you of anything, BUT what is the whole case details, both sides of the story.

  • dan

    don’t really know what to say but i live in costa rica for 7 years and have not yet know any problem of any-type but well god help you , alone if you have anything to do with costa rica woman i maybe sorry it will not end till you lose all you have work for life

  • Maureen McMahon Krueger

    The legal system in Costa Rica is very bad. Someone told the police that our friends car belonged to him, so the police confiscated it. My friend had to go to court to prove the car was his. He got the car back about a week or two later, but again, guilty until proven innocent. Another friend had someone claim that they owned her father’s house and they were served an eviction notice. Again they had to get a lawyer and prove that the house belongs to them.

    The nationalized medical system is terrible. There are not enough doctors or clinics to handle the need. A friend has stomach problems and had to wait 4 years to see a specialist. My other friends grandmother had to wait 3 weeks to have surgery on her broken leg.

    It definitely needs fixing, but it is not going to be easy. The government has been very corrupt and expect bribes.

    I love the country of Costa Rica and the people I have become friends with are so generous. I am praying for the country to change. I appreciate this open letter because change does need to happen and awareness is the first step.

  • Luis Diego Campos

    Crocodile tears! This charming gentleman is an expert, an expert on making you feel sorry for him and making you feel disgusted for the costarican judicial system. If you consider ticos and tico lawyers liars thiefs and Scammers, well here is your gringo version of it. He is in jail as per complaints from gringo investors who lost millions of dollars investing on this guys scam ring. I little bit of research will make you be more knowledgeable and precise with comments.

  • C Miller

    I’m American, and if you decided to leave here and in your letter it says, Costa Rica is now your country, take ownership and learn from your mistakes. Maybe God is trying to get your attention, instead of being greedy and trying to take from the people, you can find a way to help them. While in prison you can start by helping them to learn to read and write and continue to stay on the path of helping others, and hopefully your life will change for good. Most of all seek God first…

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