Milanes and Villalobos: a study in contrasts

It’s been many years since Milanes was captured. He has received the best treatment by the courts, and since then the Costa Rican and American victims have received nothing but bills from their lawyers. The victims who live here deserve better. Some of Milanes assets were just recently frozen, as were the assets of Villalobos many years ago. Enrique Villalobos’ brother was even put in jail, and Enrique would be there too if it weren’t for his foresight. He’d understood how the judicial police and the court system works.

Milanes knows even better. Milanes has been able to continue operating his many businesses and make money from them. All that his victims were able to do is to pay lawyers and a trust company for ineffectual services that have cost them dearly, without even knowing it. Milanes’ victims can’t even get a statement from the trust company charged with selling off assets that have been recovered for the victims benefit.

Can’t the victims file a civil case and be paid for their victimization out of these assets? Milanes is dealing an arrogant hand. He has made many offers like giving the victims 20 cents on the dollar in return for avoiding punishment for his crimes. After he makes these agreements, he doesn’t keep them. Nothing has been done. The more Milanes keeps delaying the victims, the more his elderly victims die of old age, and the more his assets can be encumbered and hidden.

What is the secret of Milanes success in comparison to the failure of Villalobos in getting justice? Was it his occupation, and the fields that he has worked in? Maybe that’s it. Milanes worked in the gaming business. He owns casinos, all-cash businesses.

Villalobos on the other hand worked in a field like banking and studying religion. Banco Nacional and other banks were his competition, and nobody would accuse Banco Nacional or other banks of unfair practices or in dealings against the public interest, for their own profit. Villalobos’ occupation was money changing, and he did it much more efficiently than any of the banks in Costa Rica.

It was rumored that he changed more money and at a lower margin than all other banks in Costa Rica combined. But this couldn’t have been his crime. It must have been something else?
Jeremy Straw
San José

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