Criminal Extortion, Judicial Malfeasance and Resulting loss of Jamaican Owned and Operated Business in the Dominican Republic

Submitted by Gerald Baker

Dear Mr Commisong;

You were responsible for calling my attention to the fact that my country’s PM bestowed the Order of Excellence on Danilo Medina Sánchez in Novenber of 2017. I thank you for that – I am still attempting to find out which Neandertal advised him and if Mr. Holness follows world events at all see article – An Open Letter to the People of Jamaica on the Disgraceful Award of a National Honour to the President of the Dominican Republic.

It is with a great deal of disappointment that I relay to you yet another in a growing list of “hard luck” narratives involving business practices in the Dominican Republic – particularly where foreign nationals are involved. Please consider using this, whole or in part to warn any who would consider investing, setting up shop or retiring to the DR.

In 2011 I took an assignment here in the country as a security project manager with Barrick Gold Corp. At the end of a year I decided to settle here. I bought a ranch that had a failing horseback tour business. I was interested in the farm not the horses but having purchased both I made a go of it and within three months began to see improvement in the numbers of repeat guests coming to the ranch. This is right about when things took a rather unpleasant turn.

The previous owner Michel Francois Godin Forget (a French Canadian Natiional who has been living here for twenty + years), fraudulently applied for and obtained a replacement title which invalidated the one I held by contract. He then applied for and received a bank loan. In order to do this he needed the cooperation of a corrupt banker and my attorney Eric Franco, who simply did not register the sale of the property against the title.

A more detailed narrative of how this Kafkaesque nightmare developed is available for review here:

The story outlined on the OpenTrial website is a true story…it happened to me and it spells out how Mr. Godin unleashed the full might of the corrupt Dominican legal system against me. He did so in retribution because I stood against him and refused to pay extortion to his criminal cronies.

This sort of thing has for too long, gone unaddressed, unpunished, perhaps quietly encouraged here and elsewhere in the Caribbean and thus the criminals have become emboldened. Two individuals, one known to me, have lost triple figure millions due to fraud and corruption in this country.

I would like to now know if there is anyone who can advise me of what are my options to seeking redress of this issue? Clearly my business and all my earthly belongings were expropriated without cause, I was grievously injured by the police and my livelihood completely destroyed.

Specifically, I am asking if would you be kind enough to guide me to, or refer me to someone who could inform or help me through my next steps?

What mechanisms are in place to warn the traveling public – how can I inform investors that their hard earned money should not be spent here supporting this level of corruption and naked aggression against foreigners who bring in much needed investment capital?

I will file a formal complaint as soon as I can obtain instructions on how/where this is done.

I look forward to hearing from you. Thanks in advance for your time and kind consideration.

Yours sincerely,

Gerald Baker
(829-786-2468 Whatsapp#)

11 thoughts on “Criminal Extortion, Judicial Malfeasance and Resulting loss of Jamaican Owned and Operated Business in the Dominican Republic

  1. Some countries you steer completely clear of, the Dominican Republic is one, a well known pit of filth, even their own people run from there in droves.

  2. DR is still in the 17th century West Indies.The opulence of the white oligarchs is matched by the abject poverty of the non white working class.There is no middle class in that closed society..Its a rotten place for progressives.Lovely topography but still a slave society.Maloney,Jerkpork and cow would feel at home there.

  3. Did a large international beverage company with roots out of the DR not purchase a successful local brewery and immediately proceeded to impose terms and conditions on employment bordering on slave labor? Were large numbers of long serving personnel not retired, terminated, down sized, made redundant or whatever you want to call it? Are the working conditions not primitively similar to those existing in the DR? I am told that the “upper class” from that country consider others to be fodder for their wishes. Ask Haiti!

    ( U.S. sanctions Dominican senator tied to Haiti quake projects | Miami …
    15 hours ago – Dominican senator accused of ripping off Haiti sanctioned by Trump administration. … A Dominican Republic senator accused of making millions of dollars from post-earthquake Haiti reconstruction projects that he never completed has been sanctioned by the Trump administration for …)


    I am sorry to hear about the horrors that you have experienced in the Dominican Republic. But I must say that I am not surprised.

    I am afraid that the nations / Governments of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) don’t have much clout in or influence over the Dominican Republic and its Government.

    Since you are a US citizen and your partner is a Canadian citizen I think it would be better to try to get some assistance from the US State Department and / or from the Canadian Ministry of Foreign Affairs.


  5. For the mischief and unlawful appropriation of land you can’t beat the ethnic Europeans and the ethnic Zionists.They both are past masters of the art of appropriation and destruction.They will eventually succeed in destroying planet earth.

  6. Socialism is the Big Lie of the twentieth and twenty-first Centuries. While it Promised Prosperity, Equality, and Security, it delivered Poverty, Misery, and Tyranny.

    To enlarge the point made “Socialism is Atheism Masquerading as Political Philosophy”. It is the Counterfeit of True Charity as Charity is Voluntary; it is not FORCED by way of Taxation.

    What most do not realize is that Collectivized Socialism is part of the Communist strategy. Communism is fundamentally Socialism. We will never win our fight against Communism by making concessions to Socialism. The Roots of Socialism are firmly planted in Communism.

    We should become informed about Communism, about Socialism, and about Freedom. We should also know why the Communist leaders consider Socialism the highroad to Communism. “The Goal Of Socialism Is Communism”. Vladimir Lenin.

  7. Mr Baker (Gerald), I am so sorry that a corrupt government and legal system were permitted to harass you and your partner and take what you had worked so hard for. I think of your hard work and investment and it makes me sick to think it is gone.

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