Radical Agenda EP032 – The Libertarian Bernie Madoff
Jeff Berwick – International man of mystery. Whether he’s escaping from a West Indian prison, lauding communists for their shoe collections, or ripping off customers in passport bribery schemes, there is never a dull moment for the Dollar Vigilante. From Canada to Chile, from the West Indies to Acapulco, Jeff Berwick always has a trick up his sleeve, and a story to tell. He is perpetually nipping at the heels of the Dos Equis guy for the title of most interesting man in the world.
He is an anarcho-capitalist, which as regular listeners are certainly aware, isn’t the most popular of political philosophies. It sure does have some very enthusiastic supporters however, and some of them are prepared to spend great sums of money to achieve the freedom they seek. Has Jeff used ideology to swindle some of those principled libertarians out of millions? Has he sold them pipe dreams of stateless existence despite the ever present threats of the modern State apparatus?
One of Jeff’s former associates, and Founding Partner of Galt’s Gulch Chile, is prepared to tell all. Ken Johnson joins me for the 32nd episode of the Radical Agenda. He has compiled quite a bit of data on the Dollar Vigilante, and has offered to come on the show to tell his story. I’ll quote below the damning email he sent me about Berwick’s activities, but before I do, I should mention that I don’t entirely trust Ken either. This will not be an easy interview, and I have told him that it will not be. You do not want to miss this episode.
We are writing you today because we have found you, or your company, to be linked to Jeff Berwick, his newsletter, podcasts, or other business schemes, or that we felt you may be able to assist in exposing what appears to be on-going fraud on the part of Berwick. Below, is a video of Berwick appearing to implicate himself in a range of serious crimes, with many victims.
Video link: https://vimeo.com/135162922
We are presently assisting federal authorities with recently obtained information pertaining to a fraudulent Mexico citizenship scheme that Berwick and his wife have been operating since 2013. It is evidenced in Berwick’s recent communications, that the Berwicks appear to have defrauded people possibly out of millions of dollars via their scheme. With assistance from bloggers, activists, writers and members of the media, Berwick publicly promotes his fraudulent citizenship schemes via his interviews, newsletter, podcasts, business conferences, and other venues. Some of those whom have participated in such promotions with Berwick are copied on this email. We have been asked to assist in the collection of information pertaining to parties that are involved with the promotions or operations of Berwick’s fraudulent Mexico citizenship schemes. We are obliging this request.
We believe that it would be in the best interests of those whom have participated in the promotions, or operations, of Berwick’s fraudulent schemes to avoid doing so in the future and to remove themselves from any content that is tied to The Dollar Vigilante, Anarchast, Anarchapulco, Shemitah Exposed, TDV Media & Services, TDV Global, TDV Passports, TDV Immigration, TDV Offshore, TDV Groups or any other promotional tools that Berwick has designed to steer people into his citizenship schemes.
Berwick has confirmed in writing that as of July 30, 2015, he is still soliciting $25,000 deposits for his citizenship scheme in Mexico, even though he owes large amounts of money to clients demanding refunds from him for this same Mexico scheme. He appears to be robbing Peter to pay Paul. We feel that it is urgent and necessary to ask for your help in warning others about this, as well as other items listed below, so that he can no longer profit from defrauding others.
In his Mexico citizenship scheme promotions, Berwick promises that his company can obtain “not fake” Mexican citizenship in as little as eight days, five weeks, three months, six months, etc., etc., etc. In reality, the minimum amount of time required to obtain legal citizenship in Mexico is seven years, and many times much longer. In a recent email from Berwick (at the bottom of this email), he confirms that he has processed 80-100 people via his citizenship scheme in Mexico. Assuming that Berwick’s numbers are correct, and each of these people were invoiced $25,000 by Berwick, this equates to $2,000,000 – $2,500,000 USD taken from his victims. This does not include any money that Berwick may have taken from more victims in the past month, while promoting his citizenship schemes via his newest gimmick, ‘Shemitah Exposed.’
As you will see in the video, from his rental home in Acapulco, Berwick outlines the details of his fraudulent Mexico citizenship scheme, while he admits to avoiding those whom are demanding refunds from him. He states that he wants no sympathy. Yes, you read that correctly. Berwick states that the newest corrupt official that he is talking to in the SRE (Mexico immigration) can be trusted because this official has “his fingerprints all over” what they are doing. Berwick then goes on to mention a 2014 personal investment into a marijuana production venture in Canada (Vida Cannabis), which he says he will earn him hundreds of thousands of dollars, purportedly to pay back some of those whose money he has taken via his citizenship scheme. To date, and to the best of our knowledge, the Vida Cannabis operation has not been granted a license to grow marijuana for commercial sale in Canada. The Vida Cannabis venture morphed from a suspect venture known as Biologix Hair Systems, which apparently raised money from investors, to then go dark. The principles of Vida Cannabis and Biologix have a history of trouble with the SEC, as is seen here, and in various articles that can be found online.
In his blogs, podcasts and interviews over the past couple of years, Berwick has publicly touted his own personal investments. Yet, he hasn’t publicly touted that such personal investments apparently may have seemingly been made with funds obtained by Berwick in a fraudulent manner. The company that sent us this video believes that Berwick may also be putting fraudulently obtained client funds into his wife’s name. We are not exactly sure how much in fraudulently obtained client funds have gone into the Vida Cannabis venture in Canada, if any, but we are quite sure that the authorities currently investigating Berwick will find out soon.
Video link: https://vimeo.com/135162922
We do hope that you will share this video about Berwick and his fraudulent citizenship schemes with your clients, colleagues and family in an effort to help put an end to more people being defrauded. Also, please feel free to forward this email and/or copy/paste this information as needed in order to get the word out about Berwick defrauding others of their money and quite possibly their freedom.
Thank you for your time,
Founding Partner, Galt’s Gulch Chile
PS – Below, is information on other highly unethical, and seemingly criminal, conduct on the part of Berwick and his wife.
In March/April of 2013, Berwick lied to national news outlets, such as FoxBusiness, in order to get invited onto their shows. He lied about being the founder of BitcoinATM and that, at the time of the Cyprus banking crisis, BitcoinATM was going into production on BitcoinATM machines that were to be installed in Cyprus, the US and all over the world. It was all a lie on the part of Berwick. Berwick was not the founder of BitcoinATM. He did not have any type of management, or ownership, contract with BitcoinATM whatsoever. BitcoinATM, at the time, consisted of a website and a used ATM machine with Bitcoin software installed on it. That’s it. Nothing more. In May of 2013, the actual founder of BitcoinATM told Berwick to disassociate himself from BitcoinATM. This proved to be a prudent move, allowing BitcoinATM to move past Berwick’s, soon to come, negative writing about BitcoinATM after he was told to disassociate himself from the company. Email communications are on file outlining the events surrounding BitcoinATM and Berwick’s public lies pertaining to it.
Starting in June of 2013, Berwick orchestrated millions of dollars in damages to the Galt’s Gulch Chile real estate project, and its clients, of which is outlined in communications and documents on file. In early 2014, Berwick was instructed by the founding partner of the project to cease and desist from any further public marketing of the project, and Berwick’s intentional damages to the project. There are criminal investigations underway in Chile into those whom assisted Berwick in harming the project. Such criminal investigations and actions have been filed by the founding partner of Galt’s Gulch Chile, as well as other shareholders of the project.
Videos can be found on the Galt’s Gulch Chile website about Berwick’s crimes: www.galtsgulchchile.com
Videos and information about Berwick and his cohorts crimes can be found on Galt’s Gulch Chile Facebook page: www.facebook.com/galtsgulchchile
Berwick is known to closely associate with convicted criminals. One such party is Edward J Lashlee, a federally convicted felon, whom pled guilty in 2003 to his involvement in a massive Ponzi scheme, known as the Genesis Fund. Lashlee also pled guilty to the theft of client funds, the creation of fraudulent trusts, and more, which can be found in the US Department of Justice links directly below this paragraph. Berwick and Lashlee are tied contractually to one another via Power of Attorney documents, of which, the originals are being held in safe keeping by the shareholders of GGC, whom are pursuing them in criminal court in Chile. Berwick and Lashlee have been aided by Josh Kirley, whom has criminal investigations underway against him in Chile as well. Kirley, Berwick and Anthony Wile (Vida Cannabis, The Daily Bell) were instrumental in the August 2014 smear campaign against GGC and its founding partner. Since such time, Kirley has filed a handful of frivolous legal actions, as part of his apparent hostile takeover attempt. Four of these legal actions have been dismissed, with two more soon to be as well. These parties have aided a real estate swindler in Chile, whom has numerous criminal investigations well underway against him, which were also filed by shareholders of GGC. This swindler’s attorney of many years renounced his representation a few days ago, as justice is closing in on the swindler. The PDI and prosecutors are in possession of a large amount of evidence that implicates the swindler, Kirley, Lashlee, Berwick and the handful of others who assisted them, whom referred to themselves as the “rescue” team. Here are two links pertaining to the crimes of Lashlee:
In March of 2012, Berwick and his wife, Kena Lisette Moreno Berwick, falsely accused an innocent man of rape. Numerous articles can be found online pertaining to their false accusations. Civil and criminal actions are being investigated at the present time against the Berwicks in Argentina, which is where the events took place, in the town of Cafayate. To the best of our knowledge, the Berwicks have not returned to Argentina since they made these false, and public, accusations in an attempt to destroy this man’s life. It is rumored that this heinous act was done in order to cover up their promiscuous and predatory sexual lifestyle.
Here is a link to one of many news articles (in Spanish) about the Berwicks’ false accusations and the court trial:
Following this paragraph, is a statement provided to us by a young lady, named Sophie, whom met Berwick, with her boyfriend David, while visiting Paraguay in August of 2012. This is similar to other emails, documents, etc. on file that outline Berwick’s predatory, and sometimes criminal, treatment of women whom he has attempted to prey upon.
“Now about Jeff Berwick… I admire and respect his anarchist views and ideas but on the other hand I was disappointed in him as a person\man when we met in Paraguay…
My boyfriend and I met Mr. Berwick while traveling. We had been following his TDV blog and were happy to run into him. We agreed to all meet for supper (Mr. Johnson, Mr. Berwick, my partner and myself). Mr. Berwick had a few drinks during supper and continued drinking after supper when we went to a bar. My boyfriend and I were sober. At the bar, Mr. Berwick grabbed my waist and said I was beautiful. I removed his hand and thanked him for the compliment. Later on at a different bar when my boyfriend went to the washroom and Mr. Johnson went to order, I was left alone with Mr. Berwick. He complimented me again and then started to make inappropriate sexual overtures. I immediately asked him to stop and I let him know I was uncomfortable. He stopped for a minute but then went back to being inappropriate. I told him he was out of line and thankfully my boyfriend came back. I shared what happened with my boyfriend and asked him not to leave my side. Needless to say, this event turned us off to what Mr. Berwick and TDV had to offer.
Best of luck to you Ken and your pups!
Also, attached, is an email from Berwick, to Ken Johnson, the founding partner of Galt’s Gulch Chile, in August of 2012, just prior to flying to Chile to look at GGC’s land for the first time. Berwick made the trip to Chile, but never viewed the land with Mr. Johnson while there. Berwick chose to stay in bed with a prostitute he had hired the night before, to then fly home to his wife that afternoon, less than 24 hours after arriving in Chile.
Finally, directly below, is an email exchange between Berwick and a potential client of Berwick’s Mexico citizenship scheme, outlining the on-going solicitation of funds by Berwick. The last name and email address of the client have been removed for privacy reasons. These emails, and others, which outline Berwick’s direct involvement in his schemes, were sent to us recently by one of the parties that have been defrauded by Berwick.
———- Forwarded message ———-
From: “Jeff Berwick” <[email protected]>
Date: 30 Jul 2015 2:17 am
Subject: Re: Confirmation before payment
Sorry again for my late reply, in between airports again on my way to Vancouver to speak at three different conferences in the next 5 days!
If my answer seemed vague it is because, as I told you, I am not involved in any of the day-to-day or management operations of TDV Global. But, as I said, Chris Martin can answer all of those questions easily and as I mentioned I have total confidence in Chris as I have known him and worked with him for a long time.
While Mr. Martin would have to double-check the accounting as he manages TDV Global, if I had to estimate, TDV processed about 40-50 clients for Mexico alone from 2013-2015…although when adding spouses, children, etc. the total number of applicants was probably closer to 80-100, albeit many being children…
But again, if you ask what our total client base was for, for example, Saint Kitts, or Cyprus, or Dominica, etc. throughout the years…I could only (barely) even estimate as I simply do not track these things from day to day nor month to month, nor year to year…any more than I track my total subscriber base for my financial newsletter from day to day, nor do I track the total number of “Hong Kong offshore bank accounts” opened by my TDV Offshore team on any given day of the year.
We have separate management teams and accounting teams for all of that.
Even so, that total client base processed (for Mexico) is a bit misleading as TDV’s legal teams in Mexico City and Acapulco had already processed hundreds of applications from foreigners throughout the years and decades in Mexico previously. Those Mexican immigration law teams only partnered with TDV starting in 2013 to present, though, so we (TDV) cannot take credit for their Mexican immigration/citizenship successes prior to 2013. We can only jointly claim their success from 2013 to present when it was in partnership with TDV.
As for average processing time, unless something has changed drastically in the past month or so (if so, I’m sure Mr. Martin and Ahmad would have informed you of it already), it just depends on how quickly a client submits the necessary documents requested.
From what I know and have seen, some clients have them (required documents) in place immediately and are completed in 3-4 months…sometimes in less than 3 months…and sometimes even in just barely 2 months…while other clients submit incorrect documents, or have extended delays in their document collections, and can take 6-9 months as their new document takes months to arrive, or they just delay even applying for it, etc..
While a median processing time is around 4-months in recent times, TDV Global has had many document reviews that were much, much quicker than that, while they’ve also had other clients that took literally one full year to even assemble all their necessary documents as their new passport wasn’t a priority for them (often retirees from the US or Europe who don’t feel the impetus to expedite their processing as much as the average Chinese or Indian or Middle Eastern applicant might feel)…
That being said, if you do not delay in submitting the necessary documents to Mr. Ahmad and Mr. Martin upon request, your process should easily be finalized in the median average of 3-4 months from everything I that have seen of current processes.
On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 3:30 PM, Fathi wrote:
Dear Mr Berwick,
Your last response doesn’t give me great confidence in pursuing my passport application. It seem’s vague and diverts away from my line of enquiry. This is my concern.
Please respond with an answer to the following:
1. How many successful applications have TDV done for Mexican Citizenship? Single numbers, double digits? “numerous clients” could be 2 it could 22
2. On average how long did it take from starting the process to completion for your customers to getting the actual passport?
Thank you dear,
On Tue, Jul 28, 2015 at 8:05 AM, Jeff Berwick <[email protected]> wrote:
Chris has spoken to me about some of the issues you have and also how flexible you are on the process (which is good because it gives TDV Global a lot more options in case there is a problem/delay).
Just for your information, Chris Martin is TDV Global’s Managing Partner while Ahmad runs the Canadian and UAE representative offices, also a partnership.
But TDV Media is the original parent company of which I am CEO. Chris Martin oversees all of TDV Global but was previously Managing Partner on TDV Passports. So his duties have remained virtually the same even though he has advanced the business tremendously.
I operate TDV Media and I trust these men with my business interests, both Mr. Martin and Mr. Ahmad.
And yes, I can verify that one of the programs (the one I think they will likely put you on) has had a 100% success rate and numerous clients. If you do need to come to Acapulco (which you probably don’t) I am very happy to meet you here. If you do end up having to come for residency or naturalization then it is part of TDV Global’s service to attend to the client from the moment they arrive at the airport and while I am not involved in the day-to-day operation I am happy to meet nonetheless.
Let me know if you have any other questions or concerns.
On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 1:05 PM, Fathi wrote:
Dear Mr Berwick
Thanks for your response. I attach the agreement that I need to sign and the authorized signature is yourself, so I was expecting you to give me some indication on the Mexican program that you offer and attach your name too. I was told I am requested to come to Acapulco which I can see from the website is where your located. I would expect that you would meet and greet your clients when visiting to get there passport? I sure would like to meet you to discuss some investments in Mexico property as I may be relocating with my wife.
Please dear would you give me some assurances as the authorized signatory of my TDV contact on an estimate of how many successful applications you have done for Mexico citizenship and an estimation, based on those successes, on how long it usually takes from beginning to end.
I will not feel comfortable wiring $80k to TDV unless I get some concrete numbers which I trust you can provide because so far Mr Martin & Mr Ahmad have been somewhat vague.
I trust you understand dear, this is alot of my money and I want it to be spent well.
On Mon, Jul 27, 2015 at 7:30 AM, Jeff Berwick <[email protected]> wrote:
Nice to meet you. I’m sorry for the delay and to be so brief with my response but I travel internationally extensively and I am currently in-between conference speaking engagements.
Yes, I know Mr. Martin (a dear close personal friend for 15 years) and Mr. Ahmad in Abu Dhabi…and his father (Ahmad’s father in Abu Dhabi)…they are very good men and very loyal to customers….Mr. Ahmad and Mr. Martin manage the Passports operations and I am sure either Ahmad or Mr. Martin can answer any questions you have.
Let me know if I can help you in any other way.
On Sat, Jul 25, 2015 at 10:56 AM, Fathi wrote:
Dear Mr Berwick
Could you be so kind to revert to my below email.
On Fri, Jul 24, 2015 at 5:47 AM, Fathi wrote:
Dear Mr Berwick
I am strongly considering your Mexican passport service and have been in talks with your colleagues Mr Chris Martin & Ahmad.
As your based in Acapulco and run TDV I was hoping you could rest my mind and confirm how many successful applications you have done for Mexico, if there have been any rejections or complications and if it has indeed been just a few months to get the passport? Your clarity will comfort me in proceeding.
I intend to make my first payment next week and just want to get a clear idea from all parties involved as there will be alot of good faith from my side.
I also look forward to hopefully meeting you on my visit to Mexico?
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