Fraudsters Use Kidnap and Cyberstalking to Cover Crimes and Now Seek to Commit Real Estate Fraud: Scandal Revealed
SolarSnap, Industrial Park of Hermosillo
Rex de La Rue
SolarSnap, a solar power manufacturer and retailer also a maquiladora, had became the target of two local business owners bent on taking over the company property in the Industrial Park of Hermosillo at any cost. As a result of this quest Monica Grijlava Haro and her brother Luis Grijalva Haro have gone to great lengths to destroy the company and damage the reputation of its founder, Mark Williamson. Along the way, the duo has committed embezzlement, kidnapping, attempted murder, cyberstalking and now real estate fraud.
Why would this brother and sister combo go to such lengths to illegally seize control the real estate holdings of SolarSnap and snuff out this solar power products company with so much promise and fast growth?
Most recently, Monica Gamez Grijalva, an acquaintance and possibly family member, was put up to kidnap Mr. Williamson and then attack and close down the retail SolarSnap store, formerly located in colony San Benito of Hermosillo.
Monica Gamez Grijalva
To understand the motives of these individuals, we must go back to November of 2017.
At that time, the new company had developed both retail and manufacturing divisions. The retail division was just completing its first year and had sold over $3 million pesos in solar power installations. The grand opening for the store had been held in November of the previous year and business was booming.
SolarSnap Store Grand Opening, November 2016
Unknown to Mr. Williamson and the company employees, unseen undercurrents at SolarSnap would soon turn into a title wave of disaster. Mr. Williamson had noted anomalies in the accounting. Money was disappearing from company bank accounts at an alarming rate, and he 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 goes missing from bank balances over a fairly short period of time,” said Mr. Williamson. “I already had previous problems with my partner as such and 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 were fighting may have included another business where he was partnered called Miditec. Miditec was a company that was failing miserably and struggling just 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 of the arrangement, 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 in both companies. She was also the sister of the other company owner who was partnered with Mr. Dojaque. 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 come too late to stop the misappropriation of over $4 million pesos.
Mr. Williamson had 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 was supposed to go into research and development of our new solar panel went to feed the dying dinosaur of 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 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 and her brother began their 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 facility located in Parque Industrial from obtaining CFE electrical grid access for their new plant. 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.
Ms. Martinez, a store worker, stayed on board with the company along with a few other workers and dedicated themselves to working with Mr. Williamson to righting the suddenly ailing 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 revenue. 30 investors have put up approximately $4 million pesos since 2014. Our solar panel invention was set to go into production soon and is 30% more energy efficient then conventional panels because of a special liquid cooling system that I invented and patented. 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 even over a $4 million peso embezzlement,” said Mr. Williamson.
If the Grijalvas were angry over the survival of SolarSnap, they would be incensed when they discovered that the company would be advertising their store relaunch over the Christmas holiday. Despite their best and most concerted efforts, the company had continued to sail onward.
They devised yet another plot.
In their latest mechination they would send someone into SolarSnap to buy solar panels posing as a customer. The customer would appear legitimate and pretend to purchase solar equipment. But the solar panel installation would be sabotaged and never make it to completion. The project was a setup to attack SolarSnap and its workers.
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 the possibility that perhaps she had taken them, in the same Whatsapp conversation. She did not deny it.”
Whatsapp Between Monica Gamez Grijalva and Mark Williamson
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 SolarSnap workers accommodated the request and installed a 60 meter trench. However, the cable housing material was insufficient for the customer, so Jose Gamez demanded that the trench be redug and vinyl tubing be 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. A large steal gate had been suddenly locked unlawfully detaining the workers and their vehicle. They would not allow the workers to leave and made unclear and unspecified demands.
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, cover-up evidence of the embezzlement and steal the real estate of SolarSnap, the Gamez Grijalva family now invented a theft story that SolarSnap workers had somehow illegally removed solar panels from the work site one month earlier, during routine installation work.
Corrupt Public Minister Worker Karla Yadira Brockman Salazar
In the impossible story being made by bribed Public Minister worker, Ms. Brockman Salazar, she invented a case stating that SolarSnap completed the 45 solar panel installation on 22 November 2018 (3 weeks before the kidnapping). Then, the following day, on Friday 23 November 2018, Mark Williamson with Ms. 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. Such an undertaking would take several days and approximately 10 return trips. Also, the holes would have to be filled and tubing removed. Obviously, the installation work was never allowed to finish and this story was a lie invented by Monica Gamez Grijlava and the corrupted government workers.
“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 Ms. Martinez on this day? According to various witnesses, 2 customers, phone records, and Internet ISP records, on the morning of 23 November 2018 she 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 provide 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. She could not have been in San Pedro. The case against her appears to be impossible to prove and false.
Furthermore, at the time, this was an open work site. One cannot steal work materials that are in the process of being installed as proving such a case would been extremely impractical. The solar panels had not yet been installed or activated according to CFE records.
“Monica Gamez and Ms. Brockamn Salazar should have chosen another day to invent their farcical tale,” stated Mr. Williamson.
Apparently, those who conducted the case research failed to investigate solar power installations that are grid tied to CFE. These installations require CFE to install a bi-directional meter and then they activate the installation. This was not yet done by SolarSnap or anyone else.
Even the statements of the police who helped free the kidnapped workers on 6 December 2018 are apparently being ignored by Ms. Brockman Salazar who has now enmeshed herself in this embezzlement and real estate fraud scandal.
“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 from Monica Gamez Grijalva, mostly on Facebook.
Hateful and Extremely Defamatory Attack upon SolarSnap and Its Two Primary Workers
Money was spent promoting hatred toward 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 morale fell dramatically and employees felt fear and shame.
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 10 or more 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 greatly diminished over just two months.
That is when Mr. Williamson put it together: the Grijalva Haro’s were working with the Gamez Grijalva 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 same workers who had stolen customer store contracts. The recording made by former sales worker Fabian Karam consisted of a slur of defamatory and scatological insults directed at Mark Williamson and SolarSnap. It was discovered that Monica Gamez had formed a Whatsapp a group with many of the other perpetrators. They were all working together in this prearranged and concerted attack.
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 Gamez Grijalva outlaws. 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.
On Friday 24 May 2019 Ms. Martinez was returning from a prescheduled meeting with Ms. Brokman Salazar when a late model, 4-door sedan jumped up onto the sidewalk where Ms. Martinez was waiting to catch a bus. The car then continued down sidewalk toward Ms. Martinez. Ms. Martinez, seeing the car coming rapidly towards her, jumped out of the way, narrowly missing being struck. The driver had apparently intended to kill or maim Ms. Martinez.
It seems apparent now that Luis and Monica Grijalva Harro are intent to fulfilling their promises made on Facebook to murder people involved in this matter. It also seems that the driver of the car had followed and was waiting for Ms. Martinez. He must have been been given specific location information by Karla Yadira Brockman Salazar, just as she had given the criminals the address to the previous 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.
“It is the most insulting and degrading experience to sit there in court and stare across at the people who kidnapped you, destroyed your store and tried to run your valued worker and friend over with a car, accuse you of an impossible and ridiculous crime, and watch their puppet judge, holding back a Cheshire cat grin, and processing you as a criminal. It is an insult to the dignity of humanity,” said Mr. Williamson.
In response to pressures placed on the prosecution, subsequently the criminal case was dropped. No formal dismissal, however, was made by the court. Then a new case was then instituted alleging that SolarSnap workers had taken just five solar panels on the same day that they had previously stolen a complete 45 solar panel installation. However, the formal process was never properly canceled or a new process begun. The new case is now advancing without proper authorization.
“Apparently, they just do whatever they want in the Sonora criminal justice system. The public minister basically admitted that she lied, she invented this 45 solar panel theft case, of 1.5 metric tons of material taken from a closed installation site by two people in one van load. She then changed her story and said, ‘Hey I lied, or I must have made a big mistake. Oops. I guess only five solar panels were taken.’ The public minister was forced to admit that, the only evidence that she had was these three lying witnesses, the kidnappers, and their crazy, fabricated theft story, which has now completely fallen apart. Now, she is inventing an entirely new scenario. It should start over in the process. The first case should be dropped and the new case brought according to procedure. But, no, this is Mexico. The law does not matter here. The bribed public minister and judge, they don’t follow the law. They are, apparently, the law. Who needs laws with people like this in charge? In Mexico, especially Sonora, no one wants to prosecute drug dealers, but we can sure as hell can prosecute these corrupt civil servants!” stated Mr. Williamson in closing.
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