With a witness from Hermosillo dead already, a car apparently out of control almost collides with another witness and with $ 4 million pesos missing, there seems to be a strong motivation
25 MAY 2019
Rex de La Rue
Lily Martinez is in her last semester of college. Originally from Hermosillo, Lily has hopes to receive her degree in business administration soon. She has already fulfilled her work practice requirement at SolarSnap and received high marks for excellence. Ms. Martinez comes from an outstanding local family with many members supporting her throughout her life and career.
She had hoped to go on to have a successful career in business administration and build a great life in her hometown of Hermosillo, however, none of this will be possible if Monica Gamez Grijalva of Gamez Hortalizas succeeds in her quest to have her murdered.
Why would Monica Gamez Grijalva, a vegetable grower from San Pedro with strong ties to highly questionable and dangerous individuals be trying to murder a professional career woman on her way up in the world?
Monica Gamez Grijalva
To understand this question we must backup 18 months to November of 2017.
At that time, Ms. Martinez had recently completed her first 6 month review working at SolarSnap. She had been given placement at the SolarSnap factory working in general administration, but quickly earned a spot as investor relations officer and took her post at the SolarSnap San Benito store.
Unknown to Ms. Martinez, the undercurrents at SolarSnap would soon turn into a title wave of disaster. Mark Williamson, the company president had noted anomalies in the accounting. Money was disappearing at an alarming rate and Mr. Williamson was investigating evidence of embezzlement. His partner Gonsalo Dojaque Acuna and his wife Monica Grijalva Harro were strongly implicated.
“With a startup company, you really notice when $1 million pesos suddenly goes missing,” said Mr. Williamson. “I began to dig and noticed a pattern. I thought that we could work things out, but I think that Gonsalo just had too many demons to fight.”
The demons that Mr. Dojaque Acuan were fighting may have included another business where he was partnered called Miditec. Miditec was a company that was failing miserably and was struggling to stay afloat. The primary source of income for Miditec had been a large CFE contract secured by Mr. Dojaque to produce ATM payment machines. However, CFE had backed out, and in 2015 suddenly pulled their contract with Miditec. The family owned business quickly began to run into trouble and was soon almost out of cash.
“I think it is pretty obvious what happened. My partner had another partnership in a failing company and his wife was the accountant and sister to the other company partner. She was also the accountant at SolarSnap. They became desperate and started taking money out of SolarSnap bank accounts putting it into the Miditec bank account,” said Mr. Williamson
Mr. Williamson intervened and terminated accountant Monica Grijalva Harro from SolarSnap in October of 2017, but the move had came too late.
Mr. Williamson discovered that a complex money laundering operation had been constructed by Mr. Dojaque and his wife over the previous 24 months which included three front companies, Gesta, Gilla and Greenfox. None of these companies produced any products nor had any real employees, but they were used to launder money away from SolarSnap and into the Miditec coffers.
“It makes me extremely angry that millions of pesos of our money that were supposed to go for research and development of our new solar panel went to feed a dying dinosaur like Miditec,” said Mr. Williamson.
Mr. Dojaque’s demons got the best of him and in November of 2017 he committed suicide. His death quickly sparked a war between the Miditec and SolarSnap.
“The nightmare of suddenly loosing my business partner during a financial investigation turned into a huge disaster for our company when Ms. Grijalva began her assault on our organization.” said Mr. Williamson.
The day after her husband’s death, while others grieved at the funeral, she intercepted arriving company inventory at an airport terminal valued at $150,000 pesos disrupting a major company project. The next day Ms. Grijalva Harro, representing herself as a spokesperson for the company, began to telephone the SolarSnap employees and informed them that they were all fired.
She then conspired with two store sales workers, Julian Leon Torua and Fabian Karam Robles, to steal store credit contracts valued at $300,000 pesos and to collect the debts directly from the customers. She also contacted an electrical contractor, Santos Bonilla, and conspired with him to steal a CFE inspection report from CFE offices which then blocked SolarSnap from obtaining CFE grid access to their new plant in the Industrial Park. Finally, Ms. Grijalva Harro used her deceased husband’s banking credentials and Internet access codes to block SolarSnap bank accounts.
“She was neither an employee nor board member. She has no legal status within the company. She began attacking SolarSnap before her husband’s body was even cold,” said Mr. Williamson.
The Grijalva’s continued an intense effort to cover their financial tracks, hide evidence and do everything they could to destroy the very company where they had embezzled their livelihood from the last 4 years.
Lily Martinez stayed on board with the company along with a few other workers and dedicated themselves to working with Mr. Williamson and righting the company. The police went after Julian Leon Torua and Fabian Karam Robles, recovering the stolen store contracts. A new company website was launched at solarsnap.com and many internal infrastructure upgrades were completed. Six months later the major issues had been resolved and the company planned a relaunch of their store. A three month promotion was planned to run 100 commercials per month on Megacable beginning at the end of 2018. A local promotion company was hired and a 20 second commercial was shot to air around Christmas time.
“We had received $9 million pesos from the government of Mexico in 2015/2016 and had just enjoyed our best year’s retail sales performance in 2017 with $3.3 million pesos in sales. 30 investors have put up approximately $4 million pesos since 2014. Our solar panel invention will go into production soon and is 30% more energy efficient because of special liquid that I formulated to keep the cells cooler and producing more energy. We take a survey after every installation project, and we have received an average score of 9.2 on a scale of 1 to 10 with our survey questions on the quality of our installation work. We are proud of our little startup and are not going to let a little controversy kill our company, not over a $4 million peso embezzlement,” said Mr. Williamson.
If the Grijalvas were angry over the continuation of SolarSnap, they would be incensed when they discovered that the company would be advertising their brand over the Christmas holiday. Despite their best and most concerted efforts, the company continued to sail onward.
They devised a new plot.
In their plan they would send someone into SolarSnap to buy solar panels posing as a customer. The customer would appear legitimate and even pay good money for solar equipment. But the solar panel installation would be sabotaged and never make it to completion. The project was a setup to degrade SolarSnap.
Enter Monica Gamez Grijalva. In October of 2018, she walked into the SolarSnap San Benito store and put down cash for a solar panel installation project at her father’s San Pedro ranch. The SolarSnap workers had no idea that she was working with the Grijalva’s or what they had in store for the company.
One week later the SolarSnap workers began their work at the ranch on the 45 solar panel installation project. However, a short while later, solar panels began disappearing from the work site before they could even be placed into structures.
“Monica Gamez contacted me on Whatsapp a few weeks after we had begun delivering solar panels. She told me that solar panels were missing. The circumstances seemed very suspicious to me,” said Mr. Williamson. “I even suggested that perhaps she had taken them, in the same Whatsapp conversation. She did not deny it.”
The project work environment quickly turned impossible and nightmarish. The customer asked that the project be modified to share electricity with their home, located near the ranch business. The workers accommodated the request and installed a 60 meter trench. However, the cable housing material was insufficient for the customer, so the trench had to be redug and the vinyl tubing replaced with PVC.
“Between the change requests, thefts and harassment we were never going to finish this project. Then they kidnapped us. They locked us up at their ranch!”
On December 6, 2018, the crew which consisted of 2 workers, Mark Williamson and another worker [name omitted for security reasons], were detained by Jose and Magda Gamez for unknown reasons. They would not allow the workers to leave and made demands that they deliver all of the work products or a complete refund before they would be allowed to go home. A large steal gate had been suddenly locked detaining the workers and their vehicle.
After contacting the police and several hours later a negotiated agreement was reached to allow the workers to leave, but the Gamez people would be allowed to follow behind, enter the SolarSnap factory storage and take whatever they liked. Mr. Williamson drove straight to the police station and filed a kidnapping and stalking denouncement with the Public Minister a few days later. Jose Gamez and his wife then took their thugs to the SolarSnap store, stalked and threatened employees and turned off the store electricity.
Enter corrupt Public Minister worker, Karla Yadira Brockman Salazar. Continuing with the Grijalva Harro plan to destroy the company and evidence of their embezzlement of $4 million pesos, the Gamez Grijalva family now invented a theft story that SolarSnap workers had illegally removed solar panels from the work site one month earlier during an open installation.
Corrupt Public Minister Worker Karla Yadira Brockman Salazar
In the impossible story now being made by bribed Public Minister worker, Ms. Brockman Salazar, she states that SolarSnap completed their 45 solar panel installation on 22 November 2018. Then on Friday 23 November 2018, Mark Williamson with Lily Martinez entered the Gamez ranch in the company mini van, alone, and removed the entirety of the completed and functioning installation, in just a few short hours. Never to return again. Then, neither the Gamez workers nor any family members noticed the missing 45 solar panels for almost 1 month.
This would require the removal of 1.5 metric tons of material, which would include 900 kilos of solar panels and 7 trips in the company van.
“The logistical impossibility makes the story ridiculous and laughable. The effort would require a minimum of 7 trips to San Pedro in the company vehicle and approximately 8-12 worker days, with 3-4 workers. There would be demonstrable evidence of such an undertaking, but, apparently, you don’t need evidence or even a sane or rational story to accuse someone of wrong doing in Mexico. You just need money, or perhaps money that you stole from SolarSnap,” said Mr. Williamson
Where was Lily Martinez on this day? On the morning of 23 November 2018 Ms. Martinez was working in the San Benito store with one sales support person who did not leave until 2:00 PM in the afternoon. She received several customers at the store to give them their sales quotations. Signed witness statements, time clock information, and video evidence prove conclusively that Ms. Martinez was in San Benito working in the SolarSnap store on the morning of 23 November 2018.
Ms. Martinez could not have been in San Pedro in the morning on this day. Also, it was an ongoing and open installation work site. One cannot steal something that they are installing. Nothing had been installed or activated and workers returned frequently, working for another 2 full weeks.
Monica Gamez should have chosen another day to invent her theft story. As Ms. Brockamn Salazar shared this mistake, and the tangled web of lies grew, it now must be stated by the bribed Public Minster, the real fraudsters, that the installation was functioning and completed.
Apparently, Ms. Brockman Salazar failed to research solar power installations that are grid tied to CFE before committing her fraud. These installations require CFE to install a bi-directional meter and then they activate the installation. This was not done, and CFE workers will be brought to testify against Ms. Brockman Salazar and her assault against SolarSnap and the real fraud.
Even the statements of the police who helped free the kidnapped workers on 6 December 2018 are being ignored by Karl Yadira Brockman Salazar who has independently taken it upon herself to harass and defame SolarSnap and its workers.
“Monica Gamez Grijlava bragged to me at a mediation meeting in December that she had paid Ms. Brockman Salazar extra money to make sure that I would be assaulted in prison,” said Mr. Williamson. “I began asking myself what would inspire so much hatred and aggressiveness on the part of this one customer?”
The Christmas promotion commercial began running just the week before, but it was quickly overshadowed by the outrageous and slanderous postings that ensued by Monica Gamez Grijalva, mostly on Facebook.
Hateful and Extremely Defamatory Attack upon SolarSnap and Its Two Primary Workers
Money was spent promoting hatred of SolarSnap on Facebook and other Internet sites. The false accusations being invented by Ms. Gamez Grijalva were posted and read by a significant percentage of the Hermosillo and Sonora population. Store sales fell dramatically. Customers pulled out of deals, contracts went unsigned, payments stopped.
Most of the employees and workers quit out of fear in the wake of stalking, cyber bullying and constant telephone calls in the first week after the Gamez assault began. A team of people, perhaps as many as 20 individuals, worked vigorously to destroy the SolarSnap store and its reputation. The Facebook reputation and local reputation that had been carefully built over 5 years was all but erased in a little over two months.
That is when Mr. Williamson put it together: the Grijalva’s were working with the Gamez people. In a subsequent investigation it was discovered that the same people who had worked to bring down SolarSnap after the death of Gonsalo Dojaque Acuna were now working with Monica Gamez Grijalva.
Indeed, Santos Bonilla who had worked with Monica Grijalva Harro and stolen the inspection report from CFE offices in November 2017 began making insulting and derogatory Internet postings about Mark Williamson and the SolarSnap company in December 2018, exactly when Monica Gamez was attacking on Facebook.
In a mediation with Monica Gamez she played a tape recording made by one of the workers who had stolen customer store contracts, and left the company 1 year prior. The recording made by former sales worker Fabian Karam consisted of a slur of defamatory and scatological personal insults directed at Mark Williamson and SolarSnap.
Monica Gamez formed a Whatsapp a group with Julian Leon, Fabian Karam and other’s with the intention to bringing down and attacking the company. She showed the group members and some of the posted messages to Lily Martinez at a mediation in April 2019 in an effort to overwhelm and humiliate Ms. Martinez.
On Friday 24 May 2019 Ms. Martinez was headed to a prescheduled meeting with Ms. Brokman Salazar when a late model, 4-door sedan jumped up onto the curb where Lily Martinez was waiting to catch a bus. The car then continued forward on the sidewalk headed toward Ms. Martinez. The driver had apparently intended to kill or maim Ms. Martinez, but braked suddenly when Ms. Martinez jumped behind and out of the way near others who were waiting for the bus.
It seems now apparent that Ms. Gamez Grijalva is intent upon fulfilling on her promises to murder people involved in this matter. It also seemed apparent that the driver of the car had followed and was waiting for Ms. Martinez and probably now knows where she lives. Apart from accepting bribes, fraudulently inventing accuasations under color of authority, attempting abuse of process and malicious prosecution, Public Minister worker Ms. Brockman Salazar is now guilty of accessory to attempted homicide. She must have tipped off the Gamez Grijalvas as to the planned meeting with Ms. Martinez as she had also shared the location of her safe house in December, 2018.
Ms. Martinez has already been moved by her family two times to get relief from the stalking pressures being made by the Public Minister and Monica Gamez Grijalva.
Safe House Revealed by Corrupt Public Minister
Ms. Martinez has filed at least 3 complaints with the Public Minister for stalking, menacing, defamation and death threats. None, however, have ever been investigated. The people in charge of keeping control of this matter in the office of the Public Minister are named as follows: Karla Yadira Brockman Salazar, David Martínez and Shelby Liray Velazquez Mendoza.
In response to the fraudulent accusations made by Ms. Brockman Salazar, a partial history of a Whatsapp conversation between Monica Gamez and Mark Williamson was presented. The evidence strongly suggested that the statements made by the Public Minister worker would be impossible and baseless. Other workers, not involved with the matter, began spontaneous laughter, as the allegations suddenly seemed so ridiculous and implausible.
Indeed, any such accusations brought against Mr. Williamson and Ms. Martinez would be impossible to prove. However, if the kidnap witnesses were dead before the matter went forward, then the issue of a fraudulent case would become moot and kidnap charges would never be brought.
“We are urgently requesting the assistance of Federal authorities to intervene in this matter and to conduct an independent investigation. We are very concerned about our safety and very survival, especially of Ms. Martinez and other witnesses of the kidnapping. We would like to see Federal indictments brought against workers in the office of the Public Minister and others,” said Mr. Williamson.
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