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Sun Star Newspaprer in Cebu Philippines

April 14, 2010

I found this information in a newspaper in Cebu, Philippines. I included a copy of some of the article below.

Mike Halgreen was sent to Cebu, Philippines by the killer of the young muslim girl in Manila. (See my previous post) I was in Cebu last month and I learned that he teamed with another South African, Bollie Bolton, in Manila and traveled to Cebu to pull another Franchise Scam in Cebu. From reports by a South African resident from Cebu that I met there they made millions from selling fake Out of Africa Franchises.  Please email this blog if you know where these two South African scam artists are.#

This is from the Sun Star Newspaper in Cebu, Philippines as a reply to an article about the South African scam artist Mike Halgreen.
Hi there Nancy,

Following on some comments published recently by other people – Disillusioned South african – who have obviously been done in by these two totally unscrupulous and unethical individuals in the running of this steakhouse franchise, I deemed it appropriate to provide you with some more information.

I was the first person to actually invest some money into the “dream” that was sold to me by messrs Daniels and Halgreen.

I was a recently retired person with some money handy to invest for a more secure and enjoyable retirement and the idea of “investing” in their proven and successful concept on the beautiful island of Koh Samui sounded exciting. The model they used would make me a 25% shareholder in the restaurant that would be set up. My “investment” was 1.5 million baht and they – Daniels and Halgreen – would each contribute a similar amount. It later transpired that this never happened.

“Our” restaurant opened late 2006 and I was the hands-on manager/owner on site. We traded for 6 months during which we did a turnover of approximately 2 million baht. Then, out of the blue, the restaurant was closed overnight due to an “unacceptable high rent”. Since I was only a 25% shareholder I had no say in the matter. The furniture – electronic equipment, specially made kitchen accessories, coffee machine, TV etc, to the value of about 300 000 baht – was then very conveniently used in other venues.

For almost a year I was “showcased” to potential investors, while I received no financial return or benefit whatsoever. Following many discussions and arguments I was then made a “franchise developer” which entitled me to a monthly salary as well as commission on any franchises sold. Needless to say that none of these payments ever materialized. Although I ate and drank in the restaurants (as some sort of compensation I suppose…) I was not paid anything for more than a year. I was on the receiving end of blatant exploitation as was the case with basically anybody and everybody that was on the receiving end of dealing with these people. This included employees, suppliers and other investors too.

During this time Christo Daniels left to develop new opportunities in the Philippines. (This followed a failure in Singapore despite what is been told to potential investors – maybe the people there saw through him too quickly…?) Seemed like history was repeating itself – running away from Phuket, then Samui….now the Philippines……what’s next…?

And then he was in jail and Mike Halgreen was trying to collect bail money. One “friend “assisted with this substantial amount of money with numerous promises and undertakings to return the money the moment Daniels was back on Samui. This has still not happened 6 months later and, interestingly enough, Mike Halgreen disappeared at about the same time and ended up in the Philippines… Coincidence?

Daniels also ran away from Samui (sounds familiar by now…?) and now tries to con new investors with their alleged “61 franchises in South Africa and 40 in Thailand and elsewhere”. Please try and Google for any of these and see what you get …….? Yes, correct……nothing….

Please be extremely cautious with these guys – you will lose money…

Should you require any additional information, especially if this will prepare you better for your next discussion with Mike Halgreen, and potentially prevent anybody else from falling prey to this exploitation, please feel free to contact me directly.

Kind regards and good luck!

Cross Alec
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terence arendse says:
May 18, 2009 at 9:51 am
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Hi Alec.

I wish to chat to you and hope you receive this request.

My mail address is terence.arendse@gmail.com

Thanks.

Terence
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A. Friend says:
August 11, 2009 at 9:25 am
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Dear Cross Alec et. al.,

Sorry to hear about your problems on Samui. Samui was the 3rd stop that I know about and there could be more. Bangkok was early days with a restaurant on Sukhumvit. Then came (2)Pickle’s Bars in Patong, followed by an African Wine Bar. All closed with investors left scratching their heads.
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Dave says:
March 18, 2010 at 10:19 am
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Hi Alex

Remember me back in 2006/7 I was there, and I then allredy tried to worn you. Are you still in Koh Samui or maybe back. I hear Daniels is hear in Pretoria?
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Disillusioned South African says:
April 28, 2009 at 7:13 am
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Hi Nancy,

Might be worthwhile to follow-up on the credibility of all the claims and statements being made by these guys…. There are several people who could provide you with facts to the contrary.

Just think about it….for a franchise business that is “present in so many countries and expanding” the basic spelling and grammar is atrocious, to say the least. Surely not something that you would expect from such a professional establishment, wouldn’t you say? Please refer to their advertisements for their different type opportunities…..Sad but funny..

Furthermore, if they are as lucrative and sound operation as they claim to be, why have they run away from Phuket firstly, and then recently from Koh Samui…? Why have none (not one!!!) of the people that have invested money in their concept on Koh Samui received any money or returns on their investments? “Halgreen said investors are guaranteed a return on investment within eight months to a year” ??? Probably because not one of these restaurants exist anymore…….Maybe they were lied to…..? Guaranteed my a…

There are at least 5 people who have invested substantial amounts of money on Koh Samui and there are at least 15 other South Africans that was totally exploited and blatantly lied to by Daniels and his partner over the last few years..

It is a pity that such unscrupulous people can get away with this type of nonsense for so long.

For anybody that might be interested in this type of franchise, please make 100% sure about all the figures you are shown and absolutely insist on 100% audited and validated statements. It would be preferable to have any due diligence done by someone independent and trustworthy.

Or maybe even better, stay away from these guys…..they are true con-artists….

And sadly…..South Africans….
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Nancy Cudis says:
May 9, 2009 at 6:31 am
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Thank you so much for these valuable information. You have given me substantial information I could use in an interview when I will chance upon them. My hope for now is that they will not make Cebu look bad to potential investors who are initally attracted to put up hotels, resorts, restaurant, and other tourism establishments here due to the efforts of public and private sectors. Again, thank you. And thank you for visiting my blog.
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April 28, 2009 at 5:15 am
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Hi Nancy,

Although the true facts and circumstance about the unfortunate demise of the girl in Cebu will probably never be known, one solid fact is clear – Christo Daniels and his Out of Africa network is very dishonourable to say the least.

It would be a start for them to prove where these more than 40 outlets in Thailand and more than 60 outlets in South Africa are….?
Mr Daniels has disappeared from the island of Koh Samui – which was the home base of the Out of Africa franchise as well as 3 restaurants – with lots of people looking for him and the money that he owes them. This includes suppliers to his restaurants (which does not exist anymore)who have not been paid as well as people who “invested” in the dream that this man sold them. Daniels and their money is gone.

Disillusioned (disgusted) South African

This reminds one of a typical megalomaniac – smooth talking and “fantastic” potential based on “magnificent” figures coupled with a charismatic personality – genuine people with dreams in their hearts and some money in their pockets are “convinced” of their “excellent” investment.

This is a typical fraud and will hopefully be brought to justice soon – whether it is in South Africa, Thailand or the Philippines – before more people are relieved of their money.

In parting, it would be very interesting to see the departure stamps in his passport when he left the Philippines….? Maybe ask him about that as well as the money that allowed him to get out? Has he repaid that by any chance…..?
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Nancy Cudis says:
March 4, 2009 at 12:36 pm
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Thank you for dropping by, sir. I was about to reply to Mr. Peter that I will try to drop by again at Out of Africa-Cebu and check what I could find out to confirm his suspicions. Nevertheless, thank you for taking your time to explain your side here. I hope you will soon have a peace of mind and be liberated from your current predicament. As for Out of Africa, its branch in Cebu is doing well, based on the feedbacks from diners. It’s about time we have such exotic restaurant in our midst. I have learned that more Out of Africa branches will soon find their way in Metro Manila and in popular tourist destinations in the country like Boracay. That’s good news!
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Kasper says:
July 20, 2009 at 12:35 pm
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“Myself and Christo unfortunately became victims of a few unscrupulous policemen who used the opportunity to attempt extorting money from as we are vulnerable targets as foreigners.”

Terence, I do not know you, but I do know Christo, as well as alot of those people he has scammed here on Koh Samui, Thailand.
Whether you are a victim or not I do not know, but considering Christo’s long history of scams, as well as his general attitude the few times I have met him personally, I very much doubt he is innocent. He seems like a guy who is capable of anything, and with absolutely no conscience.
On the other hand, I do believe he has bribed the police and the family of the dead girl, in order to get out of jail.
No matter who killed the girl, Christo Daniels deserves to be in jail for a long time.
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peter says:
March 2, 2009 at 8:44 am
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christo daniels the owner of this franchise

probably same guy

see link below:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/11/04/08/police-charge-2-south-africans-valle-verde-murder-case

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April 7, 2010

I just started visiting Manila on a regular basis for business. One of my Muslim Partners informed me recently of something that happened some time ago. Several South African citizens got away with killing a Muslim girl in Manila, Philippines. If you read the Newspaper articles it is clear that a bribe was paid so that the witness would not testify. I was told that a Fatwa was issued in Mindanao against South Africans Cristo Daniel Daniels, Roland Terence, and Mike Halgreen who killed a muslim girl in a love triangle. If anyone knows where these Muslim Haters and killers are please post it to the appropriate Web Site. We Muslims can not allow people to get away with speaking bad about our Faith and killing innocent Muslim girls.

Here are several of the articles in the Manila Newspaper and ABS/CBN television station regarding this murder.

S. Africans held for murder of GRO in Valle Verde

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 11/04/2008 8:50 PM

Police filed murder raps against the two South African nationals who were linked to the killing of a 22-year-old guest relations officer (GRO) in Valle Verde III, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.

Investigators filed the complaints before the Pasig City Fiscal’s Office against Cristo Daniel Daniels and Roland Terence.

Police tagged the two as the main suspects in the murder of Shahahi Imran Maongco alias Jennifer de los Reyes, whose body was found wrapped in a trash bag at the basement of Daniels’ residence on October 20.

The two suspects were also accused of violating R.A. 9262 or the Anti-Violence Against Women and their Children Act of 2004.

Fiscal Pedro Oribe is expected to file formal charges at the Pasig City Court on Wednesday.

The murder victim, who was a Muslim, was reportedly a girlfriend of Daniels, a Philippine-based businessman. She worked as a GRO of Heartbeat KTV in Quezon City.

Daniel’s maid Daisy Grace Libuna, who was earlier tagged as a suspect in the killing, became a primary witness in the murder case.

Libuna said she actually saw Maongco’s body after she heard a loud crashing sound from her master’s bedroom.

“Nakita ko iyong si Jennifer nakabulgata at sa tabi iyong Daniels at si Terence at iyong driver. Natatakot ako kaya kaagd umalis,” she said.

Four days later, Maongco’s body was “found” by Daniels’ driver Andrew Manabat at the basement of the suspect’s house.

Manabat is currently being investigated over his alleged role in the murder case.

This is another article:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/11/03/08/police-arrest-3-suspects-valle-verde-murder-case

Authorities now have in their custody the three suspects in the murder of a guest relations officer (GRO) in Valle Verde III, Barangay Ugong, Pasig City.

Police are now investigating South African nationals Cristo Daniels and Roland Terence for their alleged roles in the murder of Shahahi Imran Maongco alias Jennifer de los Reyes.

Maongco’s body was found wrapped in a trash bag at the basement of Daniel’s residence in Valle Verde on October 20.

The murder victim, who was a Muslim, was reportedly a girlfriend of Daniels, a Philippine-based businessman. She worked as a GRO of Heartbeat KTV in Quezon City.

Daniel’s house maid Daisy Grace Libuna is also in police custody.

Investigators suspected her involvement in the murder after she fled to Iloilo shortly before the victim’s body was found.

Police said they will file appropriate complaints against the three suspects at the fiscal’s office on Tuesday. — With a report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

If you want to know how the two South Africans got out of the murder, this news article explains in quitle well. I do not know how Mike Halgreen did not get
charged also as another post at a Newspaper site notes that Cristo Daniels was his partner in everything they did, and raised the money for their bribe. Mike Halgreen may still in the Philippines to scam people and get the money to his partners. He may kill another Muslim again.

2 S. Africans in GRO murder case in Valle Verde leave RP

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/nation/metro-manila/11/24/08/2-s-africans-valle-verde-murder-case-leave-rp

abs-cbnNEWS.com | 11/24/2008 5:45 PM

The two South African nationals accused of killing a 22-year-old guest relations officer (GRO) in Valle Verde, Pasig City hurriedly left the country shortly after the victim’s relatives withdrew their case against the suspects.

South Africans Cristo Daniel Daniels and Roland Terence immediately left the country after being released from detention last Friday.

The Eastern Police District was forced to release the two after the parents of murder victim Shahahi Imran Maongco alias Jennifer de los Reyes filed an affidavit of desistance last Friday, withdrawing their case against the suspects.

“Lumabas na raw ng bansa ang dalawa… ‘di rin namin inaasahan iyon,” said Superintendent Eduardo Villena, chief investigator of the case.

Maongco’s body was found wrapped in a trash bag at the basement of Daniels’ residence on October 20. Police believe the two South Africans have something to do with the victim’s death.

Police were also surprised with Pasig City Fiscal Pedro Oribe’s decision to immediately dismiss the murder case which led to the release of the South Africans.

“Positibo namang kinilala ng witness ang suspect natin, at ito ang malaking pruweba na nandoon sa krimen ang mga suspek… Bakit dinismiss ito? At in case of doubt, dapat ang piskal ay pinag-aralan muna ito,” said Villena.

It was not also clear what made the victim’s relatives decide to dismiss the case.

Parents of Maongco were earlier seen crying for justice after a witness positively identified the two South Africans as the ones reportedly responsible for de los Reyes’ death.

Daniel’s maid Daisy Grace Libuna claimed seeing Maongco’s body after she heard a loud crashing sound from her master’s bedroom shortly before the victim’s death.

“Nakita ko iyong si Jennifer nakabulgata at sa tabi iyong Daniels, at si Terence at iyong driver. Natatakot ako kaya kaagad umalis,” she said. With a report from Gus Abelgas, ABS-CBN News

Here is a video about the murder:

http://www.abs-cbnnews.com/video/nation/metro-manila/11/04/08/murder-charges-filed-vs-2-s-africans-gruesome-valle-verde-slay

This is asia scam alert for Dean Mills and Mike Halgreen.
This blog was set up to help gather information of the where abouts and activities of Dean Aaron Mills travelling on an Australian Passport Number E3059112 born 23rd March 1972 in Sydney.

We are also in association with ‘Frauds Beware Thailand’ an organisation set up by Company Owners, Managers, and staff at Hotels and Resorts to help stop Fraud in Asia.
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This man is a total fraud and is living the highlife somewhere in Asia. He is using money conned out of individuals supposedly invested in phoney business deals or money borrowed on cast iron guarantees.

Hotels beware!, you will be left with unpaid bills and your staff will be approached to invest what little money they may have.

Dean Arron Mills is a con man and thief, who may try to find employment with hotels and resorts. He has lived and worked in China, Thailand and was last working on Ko Samui and his father owns Boput Diving.

Mr Mills is at this present wanted by various hotels, companies and individuals for fraud, and unpaid accounts.

Khun Ak-karadej, MD of JB Hotel Had Yai, where Mr Mills worked as General Manager has said that Mr. Dean Mills is a liar and professional con man, JB Had Yai lost business about 50 Million Baht also in other companies, all together approximately a hundred million bahtlost. They have tried to catch him for 2 years.

Mr Jonathan Feaver of Pacific Partners Delaware, EX business partners of Mr Mills, says “he is a full time con man, he took me in using fake emails he sent to companies that did not exist, mixing the truth and lies, using contacts that he knew years ago when he did have his own company. He has not had a company or any deals in the last three years that i know and sure it is longer.

He was fired from his last position,after drugs and other items to make fake contracts and were found in his villa. Also emails, with profits, payment details and fake off shore banking accounts, which all have turned out to be fake,nothing has ever been paid. I have contracts witnessed by lawyer and am more that willing to send you copies to prove that he is a liar and thief. I am owed over 800,000 USD and 600,000 Thai Baht.” – He has now fled Thailand (Sept 08)

He has set up many fake companies, failure to pay accounts, fake land deals, fake hotel bookings and fake hotel sales deals. He does not have any company at present or any contacts in the hotel world and makes a living using his past contacts to make his deals sound true and asking for free flights, he was hiding in Bangkok to escape his debts to the following companies. He use to have his own airline, but lost it all through drink, drugs and gambling and has lived for over five years using his past to make fake deals and get free flights and accommodation.

All the companies below have had dealings with him and can confirm to you that he is a con man and a thief.

We leave it up to you what you wish to do with this matter, but feel we should warn you about him, however if you have any information of his whereabouts and present activities, we would like to know.

Please feel free to contact any of the following.

JB Hotel Hadyai, Thailand
Contact Managing Director, Amount 50 million Baht + 50 million Baht to other companies rsvnbkk@hatyai.loxinfo.co.th

Oriental Imperial/Mandarin Oriental Hotel Hong Kong, amount over 23,000 HKD
Contact General Manager

The Abloom Serviced Apartments, Bangkok, you may contact the General Manager
GM@Abloombangkok.com
Amount Not yet Known.

Le Paradis Resort and Spa, Ko Samui
contact GM@leparadisresort.com
Amount not yet known

TDH Hotel Brokers
contact Owner Vichavin@yahoo.com
500,000 USD +600,000 Baht

Pacific Partners Delaware LLC
contact Jonfeaver@gmail.com
800,000 USD +500,000 Baht

Out of Africa Group,Koh Samui
contact owner Mr Michael Halgreen, over 2 million lost in fines and 33,000 Baht michael.halgreen@gmail.com

Westin Grand Hotel Bangkok,
contact GM info@westin.com
99,000 Baht,

There are many other companies and individuals we are still contacting, including hotels in China, Thailand and Hong kong, If you are one of them, please contact Frauds.beware.Thailand@gmail.com or webmaster@deanmillsconman.com

We would ask you once you have checked this information to forward this to all other companies or contacts of his that you know in Thailand, Hong Kong, Singapore and other Asian countries, so if possible also forward it to them.

We had complaints from individuals and resorts while he was working here in Ko Samui, but he was very clever and lied his way out of them by using a bit of truth and a lot of lies and using the names of people he use to know when he did own his own company. He now does NOT own any company, no private plane nothing and has been fired from his last position after all his work was found out to be fake.

We have now since been informed that his account at the Westin Grand has been paid by his father, even though he knew how much he son owed. so that he was able to recover his passport from the hotel, which was being held for Non payment and he has fled Thailand.

New information is now being received about his actions in Hotels in China that he has robbed. All information on this site is checked, before being updated.

Frauds.Beware.Thailand@gmail.com

webmaster@deanmillsconman.com
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