Hundley also speaks to Michigan television station (video at the end of the article)
July 9th, 2014 (InsideCostaRica.com) The claimants in the criminal fraud case against property developer Patrick Hundley of Daystar Properties include the property developers behind Croc’s Casino Resort in Jaco, a source close to Hundley tells Inside Costa Rica.
According to the source, who prefers to remain unnamed but describes himself as a friend of Hundley, Dag and Jennifer Hascall, the developers behind Croc’s Casino and Resort are amongst the investors who claim to have been defrauded by Hundley.
The source told Inside Costa Rica that he makes no assumptions as to Hundley’s guilt or innocence, but is concerned about his treatment in Costa Rican prison.
“They claim they never got their shares, Hundley claims he never got any shares,” the source said.
“I’ve heard both sides of the story and I do not know what the truth is. Pat Hundley’s rights and whether he is innocent or guilty are two separate issues for me,” the source tells Inside Costa Rica.
Inside Costa Rica was unable to reach Mr. Hascall to confirm the source’s information prior to press time.
According to prosecutors, Hundley convinced the investors to back his purchase of a 15,850 square meter property in Jaco, known as “Miro’s Mountain.”
Allegedly, the investors signed contracts and began making monthly payments of up to $500,000 for a year and a half, with the promise that they would become shareholders in a corporation holding the property after the $7 million was raised and the purchase was made. The investors say they have never received their shares.
Furthermore, prosecutors say Hundley failed to inform investors that the property in question was tied up in the courts as part of a divorce trial between its former owner, now deceased, and the man’s former wife.
Hundley is being charged with fraudulent administration, punishable by up to 10 years in prison.
Hundley, for his part, claims the charges against him amount to nothing more than a “business dispute.”
Hundley and his accusers are apparently from the same area of Western Michigan.
Hundley was arrested in February and has remained in preventive detention in a Perez Zeledon prison ever since, where Hundley and his supporters say his human rights are being violated.
In a Monday hearing in Puntarenas, a judge lowered Hundley’s all-cash bail from $2 million USD to $1.5 million.
The source close to Hundley alleges further poor treatment during Hundley’s transport the days before and after the hearing.
“On Sunday, July 6, Mr. Hundley was transported by representatives of the government of Costa Rica to the jail in Quepos, even though his attorney had arranged for him to be transported directly to the hearing in Puntarenas on Monday. In Quepos, he was put in an 8’ X 8’ concrete cell with no toilet, feces and urine on the floor and walls, 100 degree temperatures, no air flow, swarming mosquitos and Mr. Hundley was given no food or water. His attorneys and wife found him at 6:00 PM and his attorney was allowed to give him a sandwich and water. They had no idea that that would be the last food he would have for days.
[Monday], when Mr. Hundley was delivered to Puntarenas, his attorney tried to take him food, but was not allow to give the food to him. After the hearing was finished at 4:30 PM, Mr. Hundley was supposed to be transported back to Perez Zeledon Prison, but once again, he was taken to Quepos to the cell filled with human waste. He was given no food at all on Monday,” the source told Inside Costa Rica.
Hundley speaks from his prison cell
On Friday, July 4th, Hundley spoke to WZZM, a local television station in Grand Rapids, Michigan, and continued to lament his prison conditions, which he described as a “nightmare.”
Speaking from his attorney’s cell phone, Hundley told a reporter for the station of his conditions. “It’s, uh, terrible. I don’t know what else to say. It’s (expletive). I wouldn’t let my dog stay here,” Hundley said.
Hundley also reiterated that he believes he is in prison unjustly. “This is no more than a business dispute. I’m in prison over a business dispute. […] This is extortion; it’s somebody maliciously using the law to their advantage,” Hundley told Sarah Sell, a reporter for the station, from his attorney’s cell phone.
An open letter from Hundley was submitted to Inside Costa Rica on his behalf earlier this month, where he describes at length his conditions in prison and his belief that his human rights are being violated.