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Feb 9, 2017

Ex-Puerto Azul Investor Daniele Pistolesi Tells News Five About Turning Point in Scam

Tonight, News Five has further details of an exclusive interview with former investor in the failed Puerto Azul project, Italian national Daniele Pistolesi. News Five has learned that the local face of the luxury resort project Fabio de la Rosa was arrested three days after the first announcement of arrests in January. A total of twenty persons, including chief developer, Domenico Giannini, have been arrested in connection with the massive Ponzi scheme.  Earlier this week, we introduced you to Pistolesi as the man who turned whistle-blower to Italian financial police, after realizing that his near five hundred thousand Euro investment in the project was all gone with nothing to show for it. We asked him what was the “smoking gun” that caused him to give up on the project which he says has ruined him financially.  Pistolesi told us that it came in a conversation three years ago with the chief developer, Giannini, who is now one of twenty persons arrested in connection with the massive Ponzi scheme.


Daniele Pistolesi

Via Skype: Daniele Pistolesi, Former Investor, Puerto Azul

“Mister Giannini believed that Puerto Azul existed, in reality, and so when he said to me personally – at one point, he said to me personally by phone, ‘Daniele, okay, in Belize I bought the Blue Hole.’ Okay. For me, that was the point to say, stop.”

 

Reporter

“You knew he was lying, you knew that he did not in fact have what he said he had?”

 

Via Skype: Daniele Pistolesi

“I don’t understand, sorry?”

 

Reporter

“I’m saying, when he said to you that, ‘I bought the Blue Hole,’ I think you said?”

 

Daniele Pistolesi

“Yeah, I said this thing, yeah; Mister Giannini told me, ‘I bought the Blue Hole in Belize. In Belize we are building Puerto Azul, okay, and to [myself] I said and I thought and I said, ‘No. Stop. This is all a scam, no, stop.”

 

Reporter

“Did you know of Belize before this investment?”

 

Daniele Pistolesi

“Yeah, because in reality, eight years ago, I had a company in Belize for driving investment, I had a personal company in Belize.”

 

Reporter

“So you’re aware of Belize and you’re aware of what can and cannot be bought and sold?”

 

Daniele Pistolesi

“I know, I know, it’s an amazing place – the Blue Hole, the reef – I know, I know. It was always a dream to go to Belize for me. I know Belize for natural things, for the amazing place that Belize is, but not for money, for Puerto Azul.”

 

We will have a full story on this exclusive interview in Friday’s newscast.

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