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Apr
18

Beware-Raj Mahadevan, “Altos Escondidos”-Panama Fraud

BEWARE: Athisayarai Mahadevan (aka: Raj)

Altos Escondidos-Development Fraud

 

     Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj) has promoted the “Altos Escondidos” developmentin Panama since 2007.  He and his original partner, Jes (Jason) Black, set up “Offering Documents” for the Ranger Panama Fund Series, S.A.  The purpose/intent was to lure potential investors into an apparent ruse involving a land (Resort) development project in the inland area of the Republic of Panama which existed only through a series of misleading official papers, phony land documents with false values and repeated promises of strong returns on their investments. 

The following are the facts based on victim statements and findings of a subsequent investigation:

In August of 2007, Dr. Rebecca Castaneda, a dentist in San Francisco befriended the reporting victim, a former patient.  It has been alleged by one victim that Dr. Castaneda has a reputation for having used her dental practice as a front for pushing risky business or investment schemes.  It is further alleged that Castaneda received referral fees for doing so.

Dr. Rebecca Castaneda

Dr. Rebecca Castaneda

On the surface this conduct appears to be at the least unethical conduct.  Further, information has surfaced that indicates Castaneda had her own brush with the law in the past, was fined and ordered to do community service. 

Castaneda misled the victim by saying she was borrowing $75,000 from her Home Equity Line to invest in Altos Escondidos.  Based on the information and the materials provided and discussions with Castaneda the victim decided to invest in the Ranger Panama Fund Series, S.A – the “Altos Escondidos” Project, and wired $50,000 to Ranger Funds, LLC

Later, when asked by the victim/patient to provide proof that she actually invested her own money in Altos, Castaneda refused to do so.  Even though Castaneda is fully aware that Altos Escondidos is a scam she continues to collaborate with Raj Mahadevan to this day.    

In October 2007, the victim and Castaneda met with Jes Black and Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj), (Ranger Panama Principal Partners) in Panama City, Panama.                      

            (“Raj” pictured below with Panama President Martinelli)

The victim understood before their trip to Panama that they would be taken by plane to the “Altos Escondidos” location for a development site visit.  However, once they arrived they were told they would not be able to fly to the site location due to poor weather conditions.                                                                           

     After years of false promises, sketchy accounting practices, continuous misinformation the victim filed a complaint with our sister organization globaladvocates.ch in an attempt to uncover the truth.  The prospectus for “Altos Escondidos” indicates that between April 15, 2007 and April 27, 2007 Ranger raised $1.5 million in seed capital to purchase the land, a “69 Hectare parcel”, for 1.38 million (US).  

(“Raj” pictured at a party in Panama City)

Raj at party

     The investigation showed “Altos Escondidos” owns 69 Hectares of undeveloped land in the Capira region, northwest of Panama City. Its purchase price was $345,000 (US), not the $1.38 Million that Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj); (pictured left at a party in Panama City)  claimed he had paid for the land.   It was also discovered that there is a current mortgage lien listed in government registry as of February 15, 2013 against the property for $250,000 (US) in a short-term loan. This lien continues to be listed in the public registry as an active loan.  The land is registered for tax purposes (finca 3352, ubicacion 8201 is $2,000 (US), this may or may not be an attempt to defraud the government land tax authority, information regarding this is pending a review.

     The investigation further revealed:  AE Alleged Office HallwayThe listed office for this project is now closed at least two years, now a Gynecological medical office-for women.  (See Photo Right)

They victim originally visited the “Altos Escondidos” office at this same location, and  received signed copies of all agreements/documents. A new address has not been provided; and the phone is disconnected.

A local contractor hired to cut roads for the project was never paid (he is owed $50,000) and he is now threatening to sue “Altos Escondidos” and Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj); the roads were not finished.  

     Locals in the area have heard rumors about the project but nothing has surfaced; Phone Calls and emails to the AE office in Panama by our investigators were not returned; Annual meetings of Investors have not been held as directed by the operating agreement; Investors have been kept away from each other.   

     For more than six years the victim tried to get financial statements and other documents regarding the projects progress and expenditures.  The victim was met with one excuse after another -why the project has been delayed and why the documents were not forth coming.   The detailed case report provides documents; timelines and lists of all the promises and excuses made by Mr. Mahadevan in reference to “Altos Escondidos”.  Investigators in Panama, realtors and attorneys in Panama provided vital information aiding our investigation.

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     When the Investigators went to the “Altos Escondidos” property; they found there was not a single presence for “Altos Escondidos”, locals spoke of project rumors but have not seen any activity or signage.  Investigators did speak with a representative of Groupo Howard, identified by Mr. Mahadevan on 2-22-2011 in an email to our victim as the road builder.   The representative told the investigators they contracted to cut the roads to the project but were never paid.  Groupo Howard has indicated its intent to file suits against Mr. Mahadevan and “Altos Escondidos” for $50,000 – non-payment.  The roads have never been completed.

(photos of Altos property taken by investigators above right show no evidence of the claimed improvements)

(Copy of Offer Memorandum, filing of lein Registration and Land Sale Registry Document #338563 & 296778 respectively from the Registro Publico De Panama are evidenced below at the bottom of this page.

     Barr International http://www.barrarchitects.com/projects lists Altos Escondidos as a current project, calls to Barr regarding their progress have not been returned.  [email protected]     1875 Eye Street NW, Suite 500 Washington,D.C.20006  tel:202-429-2076

     BARR GROUP INTERNATIONAL LLC is a full-service Washington-based firm offering Architecture, Engineering, Interior Design, Construction Management, Development, Sustainable Design, Infrastructure, Preservation and Planning services. Established in Washington DC in 1981, the firm provides design services throughout the United States, Europe, Latin America, the Middle East and Asia.  

          Dr. Raj Barr Kumar; FAIA,RIBA, IIDA, USGBC is an architect, interior designer and environmentalist, and President of Barr Group international LLC and Barr-Kumar Architects Engineer PC, established in Washington, DC in 1981.  Athisayaraj Mahadevan is Dr. Raj Barr’s brother.

     Contact information for BARR Group International:

[email protected]     1875 Eye Street NW, Suite 500 Washington, D.C.20006  tel:202-429-2076

                It is evident that Mahadevan and his brother Dr. Raj Barr Kumar are exploiting the fact that Raj Barr was a FORMER president of AIA to lend to the credibility of the Altos Escondidos fraud.

     Neither US nor Panama Authorities have not been alerted at this time, allowing Mahadevan the opportunity to rectify this matter before facing regulatory or criminal sanctions.

Note: In 2007 – The National Futures Association filed a complaint against Black Flag Capital Partners LLC (NFA ID# 345533) & Jason Black (NFA IF # 344149) – Case # 07-BCC-029

     Any other victims or witnesses to this fraudulent enterprise or any other perpetrated by  Athisayaraj Mahadevan (aka: Raj) et, al.; are asked to contact this forum to file a complaint or offer additional testimony in the pursuit of justice.

      Based on the information we have received – this project is questionable and may have been misrepresented to the public.  If you have information pertaining to the projects validly and/or you are an investor still waiting for a return on your investment please contact us.

New information received indicates that “RAJ” Mahadevan may be residing in Playa del Carmen Mexico, perpetrating a similar investment scheme.

One victim contacted this forum making the following statement; “Raj Mahadevan, is a liar, cheat, con artist and cyber-bully. He scams people of their, and then when confronted attacks their character and that of the victim’s family members in an effort to intimidate them from trying to recover the funds he had stolen from them. The guy is a sick sociopath that knows no boundaries”.

A source in Playa del Carmen brought to one victims attention an article in the local paper that Raj allegedly visited “Chilly Willy’s” a local “strip club”/brothel and was pursued by police when he ran out without paying for services rendered.

Additional links to complaints against Raj Mahadevan:

ttp://www.whoscammedyou.com/current-scams/17554/sex-toy-ripoff/

 

http://www.whoscammedme.com/current-scams/17093/altos-escondidos-rip-off-or-dog-bite/

 

http://www.scambook.com/report/view/270845/Raj-Mahadevan-Complaint-270845-for-$50,000.00

 Contact us at [email protected] or email us via our “contact us” page.

Certificate of Land-registry

investor Memorandum

Certificate of Land

Jan
30

LORAL LANGEMIEIR-SCAM ALERT!!!

Loral Langemeier

SCAM ALERT!

Loral Langemeier is a FRAUD! Langemeier has built a hard-core promotional marketing machine made of internet media presentations, seminars, media and personal appearances. Langemeier’s main website, liveoutloud.com (LOL), states, How to Finally Put Your Financial Worries Behind You And Turnaround in 2010!”. Live out Loud charges a hefty $8,995 dollars to meet Loral personally, whereas other seminars start at $1,495.00. In her video she promises to “Keep you in cash!” An excerpt taken directly from the site states, “…continued education are the building blocks of your Wealth Cycle, engaged with continuous ideas for direct asset allocation…” Confused? We were! What exactly is a “Wealth Cycle?” Langemeier uses all sorts of unusual financial verbiage to keep people engaged while she reaches into your wallet. Langemeier’s website, liveoutloud.com, and other websites posting her materials (www.diversifymyincome.com/2009/08/19/loral-langemeier/) appeal to people looking for cash, a better life and more time with family. These sites are nothing more than portals into a dark and convoluted world of misrepresentation.

Langemeier functions with deadly accuracy during her meetings with potential investors – playing a high stakes confidence game – challenging people to act on their dreams and invest in her supposedly vetted business opportunities. Langemeier will take her cut of the initial funds invested and leave town like a thief in the night, her pockets stuffed with YOUR cash. One group particularly susceptible to these types of fast talking presentations is unsophisticated ELDERLY attendees. Many ELDERLY victims find themselves on fixed retirement incomes and often depend on others to help make important financial decisions.

(please see this ELDER FRAUD web link: http://www.ncea.aoa.gov/stop_abuse/index.aspx)

The information Langemeier and LOL presents is general in nature and appears to be designed to create interest in attending LOL’s expensive Big Table and Alumni meetings where they can get seriously fleeced. Complaints run rampant about her very AGGRESSIVE phone sales staff that drives the sales of her books, CDs and various seminars and coaching programs. Get ready for the run around if you ever want a refund or need to dispute ongoing unauthorized credit-card charges.

 Loral’s Big Table / “Lawsuit Takes

Aim at Dr. Phil’s ‘Resident Money

Expert.

Loral’s “Big Table” concept is nothing more than a “Big Trap” for would-be investors. Individuals pay big money ($8,995USD) to attend a Loral Langemeier Big Table event only to find out they have been coerced into paying large sums of money. In one case over $1,900,000.00USD!

Lenes v Langemeier (http://www.consumeraffairs.com/news04/2010/02/-drphil_money_scam.html) alleges “highly risky, unproven investments from which she receive[s] undisclosed kickbacks.” Langemeier is attempting to force this case to ARBITRATION rather than face the charges.

In Wolf v Langemeier (Case No.: 2:09-CV-03086-GEB-EFB), Langemeier SETTLED the case on 02/18/2009 after a stay was granted in favor of arbitration.

Susan Trindle dba Xolo Properties LLC v. Flying Emu LLC et al (Loral Langemeier). (CASE #: 8:09-cv-00325-AG-MLG) This case claims Breach of Contract and Fraud and/or Deceit. This case was stayed 05/17/2010 in favor of arbitration, (once again Langemeier avoids facing direct charges).

After being charged thousands of dollars just to attend the Big Table meeting, attendees have high expectations that Loral is going to share specialized information on money making methods. What Loral really does is bring paying customers into a carefully orchestrated setup. Attendees answer a long list of financial disclosure questions regarding their income, expenditures, assets, liabilities and if they are willing to execute on her patented “Wealth Cycle” process. Of course, YES is the only correct answer! Once everyone is assembled she works to get maximum investment capital from each attendee present. This is how it works: Loral plants people who want to fund a business concept at the various tables, she creates discussions surrounding how to get these ideas funded and help people realize their dreams. What investors are never told is HOW Langemeier gets paid for promoting the various investments.

It is alleged Langemeier takes up front commissions and/or percentage ownership as compensation. (See: Crumbs R Us real estate investment where she was co-owner with Jay O. Pearson.)  People succumb easily to Loral’s entertaining presentations, considering her many speaking partner endorsements like T. Harv Echer, Robert Proctor and the Dr. Phil show making her organization look possibly legit. Investors are never aware Loral has fraudulent intentions sadly until it too late. Langemeier allegedly walks with cold hard cash and leaving investors to figure out the aftermath. Langemeier’s ‘higher-level’ participation meetings, referred to as “Alumni” conferences, are also very expensive, supposedly offering the inside scoop on upcoming opportunities within Langemeier’s investing “Community”.

 ENTRUST: Specializing in Self-Directed IRA’s

http://www.theentrustgroup.com/

Entrust Mid-South (Franchise)

Langemeier cleverly instructs investors to move fixed assets to much more liquid SELF DIRECTED IRA’s. Funds can then be transferred VIA WIRE to Langemeier’s various business opportunities. Jerry O. Pearson (Owner of Entrust Mid-South Franchise) also owns several other ventures with Langemeier and has been the direct recipient of funds transferred from his investment franchise company (Entrust Mid-South) to Crumbs R Us (A real estate venture owned by Pearson and Langemeier at the time of its inception). This is clearly a conflict of interest!

(See; http://www.theentrustgroup.com/locations/franchises/14/.)

This concept was promoted at LOL meetings allowing Langemeier and her team full financial disclosure of a client’s private information through her association with Pearson, Entrust and Crumbs. Entrust corporate offices have not returned repeated requests to address this breach of confidentiality accusation.

   Trinity:

During one Big Table meeting, September 14th to the 16th of 2005, Loral encouraged attendees to invest in a real estate backed venture called “Trinity”. In a sworn statement, one client invested $200,000.00, and later, another $50,000.00 hoping to realize the 17% promised return on investment. After allegations of fraud, Loral stepped in to keep any bad press from affecting her business’ income stream by promising to pay off the principle monies invested over a 7 year period. However, after missing quarterly payments she extended the repayment over 10 years. Loral advises investors in a June 25th 2010 communiqué they will not be receiving any payments and Langemeier has decided continue to fund her business, Live Out Loud. Meanwhile, Loral retained her cut of the initial investment!

Café Z:

One investor group states that they met Loral at a T. Harvey Echer event:”Gorilla Business School” (YouTube Link). The meeting, held in Los Angeles, CA, had Loral speaking about various business opportunities, including one Café Z. Sworn affidavits explain, after getting involved with Loral’s “Big Table” one investor dumped over $250,000.00 into Café Z. David Zebny, Owner/Operator of the Café’ Z restaurant, was shut down due to “Poor management” by Zebny. According to one article (“Z Square Cafe Shuts Its Doors”), The Cambridge License Commission lists violations for, “…failure to apply for change of manager, failure to have a current worker’s compensation insurance, a noise complaint within the six-month probationary period on their entertainment license, and unpaid police detail.”

The restaurant failed after Loral/Zebny raised millions of dollars, heavily promoted Café Z and enticed investors to get involved at Live Out Loud seminars. The sudden failure of Café Z stymied many considering it’s large financial backing. Funds invested were never fully accounted for, with Langemeier refusing to open accounting books for any of her investment schemes. Investors have tried for months to get information on where their money went in the Café Z investment but have been completely stone-walled from Langemeier and LOL responses. Zebny filed for bankruptcy in October 2009 leaving investors with NOTHING.

Crumbs R Us: Aka “CRU”

In January of 2006, “Crumbs R Us” was to be a real estate venture based in Alexandria, Louisiana. A man by the name of Jay Pearson (also connected to the aforementioned “Entrust”) was promoted as managing the deal. Several investors state they invested money in CRU with claims it would earn a healthy return of 12% while supposedly being securely backed by promissory notes and “…plenty of real estate”. Homes were to be purchased costing less than $100,000 then rented for $400 to $500 per month and later sold at a profit. When the notes became due in 2009, Loral had traded the notes for undisclosed assets to Jay Pearson, P.O. Box 18830, Alexandria, LA 71315, owner of Crumbs R Us and Clear Zone Nursery (clearzonenursery.com). Loral decided she had enough of the responsibility of paying the investors on those notes and sold or transferred them to Jay Pearson.

A statement issued on August 11th 2009 from his attorney, Mr. Bradley L. Drell of GOLD, WEEMS, BRUSER, SUES & RUNDELL 2001 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria, LA 71301 Telephone: (318) 445-6471 (goldweems.com). Mr. Pearson is trying to make his small business ventures survive the current economy and not go bankrupt with intentions to make repayment on the notes. Loral knowingly transferred her liability in the transaction to Mr. Pearson, took her cut of the deal and left the investors holding the bag! Langemeier now claims Pearson used her good name without her consent and is doing everything to distance herself from the Crumbs R Us fiasco on advice of her attorneys. Langemeier and Pearson also own several other businesses together such as marketatthegreens.com, clearzonenursery.com, Out of the Box Holdings, LLC. and graywalk.com. These co-owned businesses make it hard to deny association with Pearson!

First Payment Solutions: FPS

FPS was designed as a company that allowed employers, who had employees internationally, to pay their employees in the currency of the country of their residence by credit cards. In a sworn statement, one client invested $50,000 dollars and later paid another $5,000. FPS disappeared with no explanation to investors. Another failed Loral Langemeier promoted business! This was another one of Langemeier’s FANTASTIC business opportunities; FPS never even got off the ground!

Here is a direct quote from one of Loral’s websites:

“At a recent workshop I invited a participant, Tom, out of the audience to present his idea for creating new money to the group. Guess what happened? In only 96 minutes, with my Millionaire Maker help, we built a fully structured consulting business plan to make him $125,000 his first year! Can you believe that? He left the stage with a marketing funnel and a tactical plan, specific sales strategies, a model company, a complete revenue model, a corporation and a whole team to help him do it! Tom had people in the audience raising their hands, soliciting his service. The fact is he made money before he left the workshop…even before he left the stage for that matter! And I want you to experience that as well. I am the Millionaire Maker and it’s your turn to learn from me.”

Does anyone really believe Tom made money before he left the stage or workshop? Steer clear of Loral Langemeier. She is a cold, calculating con-artist with the resources to manipulate people before, during and after they have been put through her complicated web of deceit.

If you have any additional information regarding failed business ventures or information regarding Loral Langemeier please contact this forum.

If you have been a victim of Loral Langemeier please let your story be known. Below we have included a link to a victim statement form, please download the document(s) follow the provided instructions and return them as soon as possible. Should you need any assistance we will arrange for an investigator to assist you.

{Allegations are substantiated/evidenced and are on file with an independent investigative entity}
Contact us at [email protected] or email us via our “contact us” page.