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Old 6th April 2008, 06:24   #1 (permalink)
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Bodrum Financial Scam

Only in Bodrum...a Financial Scam Engineered by a Local Body shop Mechanic....

This Article appears in the Altinkum Voices and while I wouldn't like to comment on the accuracy, it does show how promptly the Turkish authorities will out a rat when pointed in the right direction....

Yaşar Anter - VOICES Bodrum

Up to 40 British holidaymakers, their relatives and friends, are feared to have been caught up in the racket after they were promised 40-50% monthly interest returns on their cash. Some even sold their homes in order to take advantage of the high rates.

Gendarme officials in Bodrum say the gang was headed by Roy Bottomley, the 65-year-old owner of the Princess Hotel in Gümbet, and his Turkish wife Nuran (50). The couple were backed up by other members of the team, including two bank officials.

The four-man gang has now been arrested while investigations continue into how wide-spread the scam reached. They started operating in March when the Bottomleys began to offer the 40 to 50 per cent rates to tourists.

They introduced the unwitting victims to other members of the scam, two bank managers - Ezgi Öney, an officer in Denizbank Bodrum branch, and Tarık Yıldırım, working in Finansbank Turgutreis branch – in order to gain their trust.

Some of the victims named as British tourists Martin and Joy Roberts, Ian Hot, Annora and Roy Bind deposited about £400,000 (1 million YTL) in the two banks and began to receive a monthly interest of 40 per cent.

The Bottomleys and the bank officers Yıldırım and Öney then contacted about 30 British families staying in the hotel and promised high interest rates to them.

Some Britons sold their houses and other property back home and deposited millions of pounds into the banks in Bodrum.

But Mr Roberts then complained to the Gendarme officers after the monthly interest rates began to get lower and the Gendarme began Operation Red Card 2 to ensnare the gang.

Mr Roberts said: “The Bottemleys told us that the bank managers in Bodrum were their friends and they gave high interest rates to certain people. They persuaded us by saying that we could not find such high interest rates anywhere in the world.

“We believed them when they said ‘Come and have a vacation in Bodrum and earn money’.

“When we put in our money and got high interest for a couple of months, we directed our friends as well. When we realised that we were swindled, we complained to Gendarme officers.”

However, it was found that all the money handed to Yıldırım and Öney through the Bottemleys was transferred to the account of Nuray Bottemley’s brother-in-law Yılmaz Açıkgöz, who was working in a Bodrum body shop. Açıkgöz is now on the run.

The victims, after discovering the interest rates were getting lower, then investigated at the branches to find the money had been swiped from their accounts.

Gendarmes raided the hotel that the Bottemleys were running, capturing them with the accusation of “swindling the British tourists with the promise of high interest rates”.

While the bank officer Tarık Yıldırım was caught at the bank that he works, Ezgi Öney who was appointed to the Denizbank Alsancak branch in İzmir a month ago was captured there and brought to Bodrum.

Mr Bottemley, answering gendarme’s questions, said the British had learnt about high interest rates in Turkey by themselves. He said: “We only wanted to help them in making good use of their money; we guided them but we did not take any money from the British for this.

“If they have transferred money from England of their own accord to get high interest rates, I do not know anything about it.”

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Will someone please tell me that Mr Açıkgöz, in translation is not Mr Eyesopen!

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Hilarious immac - but I'm afraid the jokes on me ///I think this article was posted on the website of the newspaper concerned laqst October- so probably the moderator will take it down.
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