Woman of the year and investigative journalist Nuria Piera from Diario Libre have uncovered hundreds of corrupt stories in the Dominican Republic. On April 10, 2010 she released a cover story on national TV about payments problems of the Punta Perla land to it’s former owners. The story also mentioned that nobody believes Punta Perla will ever get build. After 9 days on her website the broadcast was removed today!
Dominican Watchdog started to warn investors about Punta Perla over 8 months ago. Dominican Watchdog has urged Ricardo Miranda to secure investors deposits into escrow accounts, a normal procedure in large developments in the Dominican Republic. When investors funds are secured and title guarantee established Dominican Watchdog hopes the project will move ahead and all investors will be able to recover their money.
Dominican Watchdog has no specific or personal interest in Punta Perla, however we have received many emails from worried investors around the world, and we have hundreds of documents about Ricardo Miranda from his other projects, and we have had access to read the worried investors comments on Ben Potter’s forum. Our objective has been to warn consumers in the light of all the other failed Ricardo Miranda developments. If investing into Punta Perla you must seek out a good local Dominican lawyer and make sure all funds are put on escrow.
However it’s important to mention that Punta Perla was never sold to rich Dominican families such as Cap Cana, Punta Cana and Casa de Campo has been. For years all marketing for Punta Perla was only done abroad and the target was foreigners who didn’t understand the problems surrounding the Punta Perla development after the Marbella scandal.
Dominican Watchdog apologies for altering our article based on the national broadcast. However it again shows the powerful influence and lack of freedom of press in the DR. There is a reason for Nuria Piera’s success and being elected woman of the year. Dominican Watchdog supports Nuria Piera in her efforts to uncover corruption in the DR.
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