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70.000 Euros For the Search For Madeleine

C. MORCILLO/P. MUÑOZ / MADRID
20/02/2013




Método 3 prospered with media cases, its enemies label it as a “scam agency” and the agency was planning to become a consultancy company.

Whenever a new police chief was appointed in Catalonia, one of the first invitations that he would receive would be from Francisco Marco: a letter inviting him to La Camarga restaurant, which has been the operational centre for the Método 3 detective agency, very close to its headquarters. The current police chief, Eugenio Castro, politely refused the invitation, but his immediate predecessor and some of the others, shared a table with the influential Marco, PhD in Law and an expert in self-publicity. According to a former employee, one of (Francisco Marco’s) sayings was “let them speak about us, whether its good or bad.”

Marco would put this popularity into practice and during the last years his detective agency became a common name in the media, especially since the parents of the English girl who disappeared in Portugal, Madeleine McCann, contracted the agency to find her. His theory was that she had been abducted by a paedophile network and in the pursuit of this idea, he claimed some 70.000 euros, making continuous trips to Portugal, Morocco and the UK.

Ghostly expenses

“It was a scam. He said there were 15 people working on the case when there not even three doing so. They would present expenses from hotels in Portugal for four members of staff, when only one – who did not speak Portuguese - had travelled.

As well as because of little Madeleine – of whom no trace was ever found – fame reached Método 3 with the appearance of ex – spy Francisco Paesa, whom they “found” in Paris, after having been declared dead. Tracking of FC Barcelona vice presidents and the as yet unclear implication in espionage of the current Madrid Community, Ignacio González, also figure in the CV of this agency which has “received thousands and thousands of euros, whose whereabouts nobody knows”, according to a detective who knows about Método 3’s past.

Settlement

The agency was created by Marita Fernández, Francisco Marco’s mother, in 1985. She had already worked as a commercial agent for an Argentinean detective when she married her husband, a lawyer specialised in criminology. Since then, they have enjoyed very successful years and had constant business (although nowhere near the 20.000 reports which the director of Método 3 claims to have destroyed), to the extent that they passed on work to other agencies and individuals (sub – contracting) whilst signing the work themselves. The wide staff included an accountant and during the last years, an ex – policeman heading the informatics department.

uan Carlos Ruiloba was the head of the Technological Crimes Group of the Barcelona Police Force. Upon his retirement, he began to work for Marco and made sure that he was very well paid. A little over a year ago, when the agency began to be less than the buoyant business that it had been previously, Ruiloba left Método 3. According to sources close to the investigation, part of the money that was owed him as settlement, was given to him in kind, in the form of computer equipment. Last week this former policeman approached his police force colleagues and handed them supposedly “sensitive” material. He had waited more than a year to do so.

Uncontrolled inspections

He was not the only policeman to have contacts with the Método 3 director. In fact, for years it was common for Marco to have recourse to certain professionals, such as Scientific Police staff, who would carry out analyses for him, especially when he was not yet the focus of so much media attention.

The agency ceased to exist officially since last November and its director is facing several ongoing legal work claims from ex – employees. But Marco, with his CV and agenda abundant with clients, was already converting his business into a security consultancy firm, not subject to the police control that detectives are submitted to.

Método 3 has also been subject to these controls) there are yearly inspections of detective agencies) but has largely managed to avoid administrative and penal inspections. In 1995 Marco, his father, mother and one of his brothers were arrested for illegal telephone tapping of businessmen. In this case it was revealed that they had investigated the governor of the Bank of Spain, Mariano Rubio and his wife Carmen Posadas. The issue was shelved.

In 2011, during a routine inspection, the police detected serious irregularities, although the proposed fine, which reached the Interior Ministry during the Rubalcaba period (his mother enjoys excellent relations with Marita Fernández) came to nothing.

Last May, Elisenda Villena, second in command of the agency, was arrested during the Pitiusa operation (involving about one hundred imputed detectives and intermediaries). The agency’s book of register – which is an obligatory requirement, showing the clients and those investigated, as well as the dates of the work undertaken – was missing, because it got lost during a “flood”, but Método 3 was not fined on that occasion either

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http://www.revistavanityfair.es/articul ... do-3/17427


This is a snippet from a Vanity Fair interview with Marco, dated June 2012.

Marco sprang to fame in 2004 when, in collaboration with the newspaper El Mundo, he located the whereabouts of the spy Francisco Paesa. The famous secret service agent was not dead as had been established in 1988, he was living in Luxemburg. And Marco found him. “That was such fun”, he tells from his Barcelona office. “We traced him via his niece and the money that he moved.” Soon we had an address. We went to wait for him. The day that he left by the door we shouted “Hey Paco! We’ve got you!” Suddenly the mischievous smile from Marco, a vital personality who appears in the media (“when my clients authorise it”) fades: “That was the beginning of a failure in my personal life. My wife could not bear such media pressure”.
But the worst was to come.


In the middle of the year 2007 the parents of Madeleine McCann chose Marco to search for their little one, missing in Portugal. Success and failure at the same time. “Look, we didn’t earn that much money, that caused the end of my marriage and I saw horrific cases of paedophilia. I began to take pills…Since then, I have not followed anything related to child abuse”. Today he has delivered his reports about Madeleine to Scotland Yard. “We have given them five or six new leads”.



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http://www.20minutos.es/noticia/1737201 ... naje/juez/

Summary:

Conditional freedom has been granted to the four ex – Método 3 detectives arrested on Monday. They have been charged with revealing secret information. Francisco Marco has had to surrender his passport.

Dozens of documents are being examined. For the moment the judge is concentrating on analysing the possible illegality of the recording made of the PPC president, however the investigation will be broadened if any indications of crime are found in the rest of the recordings that are now in the hands of the police.

Police have also confiscated many boxes of documents as well as computer files, most of which relate to the PPC recordings.

http://iberosphere.com/2013/02/spain-ne ... -game/7987

The Catalan spy game

Claims that dozens of secret dossiers on Catalan politicians and their financial affairs are being circulated for sale to the highest bidder have provoked panic.

By Alan Murphy

Earlier this week police took action on a political scandal that had broken several days before, when Catalan newspaper El Periódico published a recording and transcripts of a conversation between Catalan Partido Popular leader Alicia Sánchez-Camacho and María Victoria Álvarez, ex-girlfriend of Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, a Catalan businessman and son of former Catalan premier Jordi Pujol. The Pujol clan, an historic dynasty in the leading Catalan party Convergència Democrática de Catalunya, is presently caught up in a maelstrom of accusations of financial wrongdoing.

Jordi Jr’s brother, CiU parliamentary leader Oriol Pujol, is embroiled in his own personal scandal, over alleged kickbacks in awarding the motor vehicle inspection concession.

But this particular recording concerned allegations by Jordi Jr’s ex-lover that together they transported thousands of euros to Andorra to deposit in an offshore account. It was revealed that the supposedly private conversation was recorded at Barcelona’s swanky La Camarga restaurant, by private eyes from detective agency Método 3, using a secret microphone hidden in the centrepiece vase of flowers. Sánchez Camacho soon confirmed the authenticity of the recorded conversation, and announced a lawsuit against the agency for invasion of privacy.

Quickly the allegations widened – not only was the PP’s Sánchez-Camacho, and by implication the Pujol family, being dogged by private eyes following their every move. Leading figures of all parties in Catalonia were under investigation by the same spies. Some reports stated that the secret dossiers were commissioned by the present CiU government of Catalonia, or by their predecessors, the Socialist-Catalanist-Green coalition known as the Tripartit. Yet others alleged that the spies were paid by the Catalan Socialist Party.

Judging from the fact that Método 3 has an acknowledged total of 20,000 files on individuals in Spanish business and politics, all reports could be true, with the agency working for all parties against each other. Rumours arose that dozens of such reports were being circulated for bidding from media outlets and prominent blackmail victims.

Then the ripples spread wider still. It was alleged that the very same Método 3 spy team had recorded Interior Minister José Fernández Díaz, along with senior ministry officials and police officers, at a high level state security meeting at the same Barcelona restaurant using the very same bugged vase of flowers.

Other reports stated that Spain’s secret intelligence bureau, the CNI, had contracted dossiers on Spanish politicians from the Madrid office of the Método 3 group. Agency boss Francisco “Paco” Marco stated that his sacked Madrid office manager Antonio Tamarit had demanded €200,000 in blackmail; otherwise he would fabricate M3 reports to discredit the group and its political clients. PP deputy leader María Dolores de Cospedal and her husband were rumoured as blackmail targets, reportedly due to her husband’s business dealings with Método 3.

Now the political paranoia became widespread. “It’s as if the whole country needs counselling… full of people in a state of delirium, suffering paranoiac mania, hallucinating persecution fantasies,” said veteran journalist Iñaki Gabilondo of a Spanish political class already rendered hysterical by other political scandals.

Shredded documents
On Monday the founder of the agency and three of his senior detectives were arrested and their homes and business premises searched in Barcelona and Madrid. Método 3 boss Marco said that there was no point in conducting a search as all secret documents had been shredded. But most continue to believe that the dossiers are still out there. In any case, the police took 10 vans worth of documents away to examine.

Meanwhile, arrested Método 3 detectives Julián Peribañez and Alex Borrequero said they performed the bugging of Jordi Pujol Jr’s ex with Sánchez-Camacho’s knowledge under the orders of the boss Marco.
Will anything come of this in terms of political or judicial accountability? The answer, as always in relation to Spanish judicial affairs, is: maybe, if you wait long enough. Aside from the civil suit filed by Sánchez-Camacho against the detectives, there is no indication that any criminal charges will be heard in court. Magistrates and police squads in Barcelona and Madrid both claim primacy.

On Wednesday, Catalan vice-premier Joana Ortega made a complaint to the police that she was a victim of espionage in an attempt to get the courts to agree jurisdiction between Catalan and Spanish authorities. It would be ironic indeed if the investigation came back to haunt her own Convergència party.
Santi Ribas, a Barcelona lawyer with experience in lawsuits for privacy violations consulted by Iberosphere, suggests five years is a minimum waiting time for resolution of such a case, and criminal prosecutions are almost unheard of. A special team of investigators from the Mossos d’Esquadra, the Catalan police, has been formed to ferret out the rumoured secret dossiers. Their mission, according to some, is to suppress the files, not reveal them to the authorities. Until there is a great bonfire of the Método 3 dossiers, few politicians in Catalonia and beyond will be free of paranoia.

- See more at: http://iberosphere.com/2013/02/spain-ne ... tG5dX.dpuf



http://noticias.lainformacion.com/polit ... L5Z3BI1a5/

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The director of Método 3 temporarily suspends his professional activities

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Barcelona, 22 feb .- The director of the Método 3 detective agency, Francisco Marco, who was charged freed yesterday after having been arrested for alleged political espionage in Catalonia, has decided to suspend temporarily his professional activities and withdraw from public life, according to his lawyer.

In a note released to the media, the lawyer Alvaro Amigó defends his client’s innocence and states that “at no time did he accuse” the PPC leader, Alicia Sánchez-Camacho, “whom he does not know, either personally or professionally”.

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In the note released today, Amigó states that “upon legal recommendation and his lawyer’s advice”, Marco will not make any kind of public statement, but will rather make himself available to the judge. Marco’s lawyer had invited journalists to a meeting this morning, with the objective of Marco addressing the media, although this meeting was cancelled at the last moment, the lawyer claiming that his client was affected by a “mouth operation” which he underwent just before his arrest.

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UK press coverage of M3 involvement in spying on Piqué:

http://www.express.co.uk/sport/football ... na-players

Pep Guardiola 'spied' on Gerard Pique and other Barcelona players

http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/fe ... ue-shakira

Barcelona spy agency scandal drags in Piqué, Shakira and politicians

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/sport/footba ... -semi.html

Real Madrid's Cristiano Ronaldo at the double to demolish Barcelona at Nou Camp in Copa del Rey semi.


http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article ... akira.html

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Método 3 website no longer accessible.

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http://www.elconfidencial.com/espana/ca ... cho_10979/


19-07-2013


The director of Método 3 was also spied upon within his own office

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The spied upon spy. It so happens that the brains behind the Método 3 detective agency had an enemy in the house. Francisco Marco, the young heir to the detective agency which is making such news, had a device in his computer which copied all his files and sent then to an anonymous email, from which someone copied them. He was not just being controlled permanently, but someone was closely following his steps and gathering proof from his most intimate communications. His suspicions point to various ex – employees of the detective agency and even to his own brother-in-law.


The method employed was very simple: someone installed an eblaster device (Spectorsoft) in his computer, enabling a copy of all entering and sent messages leaving the computer to be sent automatically to another email account. According to what El Confidencial has been able to establish, the device was detected when the police searched the agency offices five months ago.


According to the Método 3 director, employees from his company filtered some of the emails to the press. He bases his suspicions upon the fact that all the emails that have been published so far are dated from the year 2010. His main worry is that by this means they could have had access to information about his private life, such as “photos and messages between him and his wife and children, as well as medical information and intimate personal details, as well as all the information that had been stored during the time that he had been involved in espionage”. However, what is certain is that emails have been obtained from other dates than those quoted by Marco in his complaint.

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http://www.esferalibros.com/libro/el-metodo/

El método
La verdad sobre la agencia de detectives Método 3 y su caída. Una historia de chantajes y mentiras
Francisco Marco

Fecha de publicación
15/10/2013


“The method”
The truth about the Método 3 detective agency and its downfall. A story of blackmail and lies.
By Francisco Marco

Publication date
15/10/2013

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El hombre que sabía demasiado

30.10.13 - 00:27 - José Ahumada



The man who knew too much.

Snippet from end of article:

They (M3) followed the lead of missing Madeleine McCann and of the Nazi Aribert Heim. Only to end up realising that there are toes that are better off not being trodden on.

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7/07/2015

Método 3 detective agency manages to get second critical book withdrawn from sale
The agency has taken legal action against “Detectives RIP” by Juan Carlos Arias and the publisher has decided to take the book out of circulation.
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It is the second legal action that (Francisco) Marco has undertaken against a book which refers to his links to the espionage saga in Catalonia, which has had blighted almost all political parties. Previously he managed to get a Barcelona court to block the publication of “La cortina de humo” (“The Smokescreen”), written by detectives Julián Peribáñez and Antonio Tamarit, former employees of the agency. Francisco Marco gave his version of events in a book “El Método”, in which he writes of blackmail and lies.
A few weeks ago, Método 3 agency took legal action, to which this newspaper has had access, against the author and publisher that published “Detectives RIP”. The book, in its third edition, describes the world of private detectives written by a man with 25 years of experience in the profession.
Juan Carlos Arias emphasises the benefits of the detective profession and its contribution to society, and criticises those professionals who disregard ethical rules and become involved in cases that undermine their work. Of all the chapters in the book, only two are dedicated to “Operation Pitiusa”, the sale and purchase of data and to the case of Método 3.
Whilst the court decision against the authors of “The Smokescreen” was based on the primordial element that the two authors had knowledge of the information they narrated due to their having worked in the agency, in this latter case the theme is different: Arias is a detective from Seville, totally unconnected.
The Barcelona court has received and accepted the legal action claiming the right to honour. In the claim, the lawyer of Método 3, a company known to be in liquidation, demands 80.000 euros from the author and publisher, to be paid to María Fernández Ladó, her son Francisco Marco and the agency.
They claim that the “author dedicates a whole chapter to the agency and its directors in which there is a systematic and constant succession of veiled insinuations, supposed confidences and categorical statements that make up a narrative that is completely plagued with false and unfounded accusations”. The legal action considers that the book accuses Método 3 of fraud, blackmail, falsification of evidence, revelation of secrets, fiscal crimes, espionage and corruption.
As an initial measure, the Publisher Seleer S.L. has withdrawn the book from circulation, although no judicial decision has yet been made.
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“The Smokescreen”
http://www.casadellibro.com/libro-la-co ... 89/2400923

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"The investigations of the detectives Peribáñez y Tamarit (former employees of Método 3) reveal all that is hidden behind the big corruption cases in Spain and those involved, some of whom will soon be in the hands of Justice. The interesting filtration to the media of the secret recording of La Ca marga, new revelations about the Gurtel case, F.C. Barcelona case, the infamous defrauding of the Madeleine McCann Foundation (sic), Jordi Pujol Ferrusola, the Puig brothers, the Mortadelos, espionage in the community of Madrid, pacts of silence, rise and fall of Método 3.”


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Francisco Marco sues

Last November, a Barcelona court issued a decisión blocking the publication of “The Smokescreen”. The judge banned the publication, in any format or language, of this polemic work. The legal decision notified all booksellers “to cease public sale of any copy of the book” and ordered “the detention and temporary deposit of any copies of the book” that the ex-employees of M3 might possess. The legal action was presented by the Método 3 agency and by its general director, Francisco Horacio Marco Fernández, who consider that the book contains information and documentation that is subject to secrecy. The battle between Marco and his ex-employees is therefore obvious,
According to the agency`s legal claim, the book’s authors “had knowledge of the facts and documents included in the book” because of their work as detectives for Método 3. Furthermore, the judge’s decision affirms that the M3 detectives had signed an annex to their work contracts which obliged them to maintain absolute confidentiality about the information that they had access to during their time of employment. The judge’s decision and the annex to the contracts cite article 50 of the Private Security Law.
This article states that “private detectives are obliged to maintain reserve about the investigations they are involved in and that they must not provide data or information about these except to legal and police organisations”. The court also informed the detectives that they “should abstain from divulging, either directly or indirectly, the content of the book”, in order not to incur in the crime of legal disobedience”.


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http://www.amazon.es/La-Cortina-De-Humo ... 8494164988

Summary translation, with many thanks to Wicksy.

The relevant chapter in La Cortina de Humo (The Smokescreen) summarised: two ex-detectives from Método 3 claim that the agency defrauded the Find Madeleine Fund and Brian Kennedy, and when alerted to this neither entity showed the slightest interest.

First, a bit of background information. The authors are Julián Peribañez and Antonio Tamarit. Both worked for Método 3 on the Madeleine case, Antonio mostly in Morocco, and Julián in Portugal. As Julián speaks English he was used as an interpreter in meetings with the McCanns, and so privy to inside information.

The authors claim that right from the start Francisco Marco, the head of Método 3, saw the investigation as an opportunity to make a lot of money out of Madeleine. He consistently lied about the number of detectives working on the case, claiming there were 20 when at most there were 4. Consequently the claims for expenses, travel costs etc were fraudulently based on 20 detectives. FM also saw the case as an excellent way of getting free publicity for the agency, and courted the Spanish and international media to that end. The hotline was also fraudulent, as calls were diverted to the Método 3 office and answered by detectives with poor language skills, rather than being handled by employees who spoke a wide range of languages, as claimed.

The first contact was when Julián phoned the Kennedys in the first week of December 2013 and spoke to Brian's son Patrick to try to organise a meeting (a long and friendly conversation). Because of financial problems (presumably Julián's) and Christmas commitments they decided to postpone the meeting until January.

He then sent an email to Brian Kennedy on 8th January 2014 in which he explained why he wanted to meet him, to show proof that they had been defrauded and work out a strategy as to what to do next. He got a confirmation that the email was received but no reply. After sending the email twice more, he got an out of office message saying that BK was in America and enquiries should be addressed to Ed Smethurst.

It then took Julián four emails to get Ed Smethurst's email, and when he wrote got an answer that it would be difficult for them to get involved in a lawsuit against Método 3 because they had to concentrate on looking for Madeleine, or at least finding out who abducted her.

Finding this response hard to believe, he wrote back to Smethurst in his capacity as a director of the Find Madeleine fund. In the book he reproduces the email he got in reply in full:

Dear Julián,

I have just had a phone conference with our advisors. As you know the Metropolitan Police are now in charge of the investigation. Because of this, the Trust has agreed that we will not meet or discuss the investigation with any private detectives whilst the Met's investigation continues. This is why we can't meet with you.

However, if you have any information that could help the Trust or the investigation, please feel free to send it by email and it will be gratefully received.


Julián was alarmed at getting such a cold, distant answer and, disappointed, wrote another email to the fund, again reproduced in full in the book. The gist of it is:

So although we've said we want to help you uncover a fraud that you were subjected to, you don't want to meet with us or help us unmask the agency that stole money that was intended to find Madeleine McCann, money that was given by the warm-hearted general public and ended up in the pockets of M3. Please, I need to know if this is correct, because it's hard to understand your position, so I need to know for sure if I can count on your cooperation.

He didn't get any answer.

Pages 174-175

This first part is written by Antonio Tamarit (AT).
The Madeleine McCann case started for us in October 2007, in Tangier (Morocco). I was already there for work reasons. I know the place well and it's not an easy place to carry out jobs such as mine. Francisco Marco (FM) rang me there from Barcelona to tell me to get in contact with people from Control Risk London at the airport. They wanted to talk about an English girl who disappeared in Portugal, and I should listen to what they had to say. In the airport I found Brian Kennedy and his son, Patrick. They were nothing to do with Control Risk London, but were patrons who were helping the parents of the girl to find her. We talked about general aspects of her disappearance. I gave my general thoughts based on what I had read in the press (at that time my hypothesis was that all we could expect to find was a body, but I didn't say that). From this first conversation, I got the impression that they were very credulous* (I am too).

[*The word AT uses is 'creyentes' which translates to 'believers' or 'faithful' in the religious sense. Here I've used 'credulous' as I think this is what he is meaning, but if any Spanish speakers have a better translation feel free to change it. Perhaps he meant 'very religious'.]

They both believed the little girl was alive, and had been abducted by someone. We sympathised. All three of us like rugby, and Brian Kennedy has even got a team (you read that correctly, he's got a team, at least that's what he said). I said that with such a complicated case we'd need to have a detailed look at all the evidence. We agreed to meet again in Manchester. Brian already assumed that we were contracted. When I asked him his return flight number to England, he showed me a private plane on the tarmac. Smiling, he told me that he didn't lead a bad life. We said goodbye. Afterwards I rang FM to tell him what we had agreed and recommend that he didn't involve the press, to not do what he always did, but let us work quietly and when we discovered something that would be his minute of glory.

pages 176-177, AT is still writing.

From this moment, still in the airport in Tangier, I was demoted to the second row. Marita Fernandez (MF) and her nephew José Luis Marco Llavina (JM) travelled to Manchester. That is, FMs mother, who had not investigated anything for years, and his cousin, the company's accountant. All this was a symptom of the dirty trick they were planning at poor Madeleine's expense. They returned as if they were heroes. They tried to pretend in this investigation they were not motivated by money but the truth is that by fraud and tricks they made a fortune. They sent me to Portugal a couple of times to make the team appear bigger, because in theory a whole army of M3 detectives were working in Portugal. The reality was very different. Nobody from M3 was working in Portugal except Julián Peribáñez (JP) and Elisenda Villena, who was there for a couple of months. They sent me to Marrakesh, where they said there was a witness, a French woman who assured me that the missing child was in the Rif mountains. When I asked her if she had seen her she replied that she knew two palm readers, one in France and one in Morocco, and they both said that Madeleine was in the Rif mountains. As the witness gave no further details, and I had been sent to Morocco to solve the case, I travelled all around Morocco, just in case the palm readers were right.

Later, when I no longer worked for M3, I realised how the company had defrauded the fund to which hundreds of people had contributed. Overcharging, invented concepts, false invoices, and the beneficiaries? As always, FM, MF and JM.


Page 177 JP takes over the narrative.

There are still more things about Portugal, about fraud, about the hotline, about the unbelievable reaction of Brian Kennedy when we explained that he had been defrauded. The Madeleine case was another outrage marked with the unmistakable stamp of M3.

In October 2007 they considered the possibility that I should accompany MF and JM, but in the end they were the ones who met Gerry and Kate McCann. I don't know why, but the interview between the M3 representatives and Madeleine's parents was recorded, which was not usual practice. I had the chance to hear the recording.* From then on, Madeleine's parents were passed over and the conversations started to be directed to Brian Kennedy.

*Frustratingly, he doesn't give any details.

Page 178

JP: The search for Madeleine was established in two countries: Portugal and Morocco. You may have read that we looked in other places, but that's a complete lie. In Morocco AT was following clue so strange that it was hare-brained. In Portugal Elisenda Villena and I were sent to make enquiries, but after a few months I was left practically alone. During the investigation, which lasted around eight months, I only had occasional help from AT and Gerard Acereda, so occasional that they were only there a couple of times. The last time they were sent to Portugal, FM asked us to find a suspect who didn't even exist. The reason for this was that Brian Kennedy had unexpectedly arrived in Praia da Luz to see how the search and rescue team were doing, and FM had told him that 20 detectives were working in the area.

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JP goes on to explain that FM kept telling everyone that 20 detectives were working on the case for two reasons: so that he could overcharge the clients and to ensure that journalists interested in the case saw him as an important point of reference.He continues:

I started off in Portugal following various clues and, because I speak English, I ended up in the offices of Latium in Wilmslow, Cheshire, with the company's owner Brian Kennedy, his lawyer Edward Smethurst, Gerry and Kate McCann and the cousins FM and JM, heads of M3. In the meeting, which had been called to present the plan and lines of investigation that would be followed to find the child, there was another lawyer and ex-police officer whose name I don't remember. When FM ordered me to 'stand up and speak, because that's what you're here for' I realised I had been brought to Wilmslow so that nobody realised that FM was incapable of doing the presentation in English. The presentation was tiring but went quite well. There were difficult times when we had to take a break. Amongst them was the idea that Madeleine could have been abducted by a paedophile ring. The parents endured this stoically, but there were tears in their eyes. We had to stop so that their distress didn't affect us all. After the meeting we all went for dinner at Brian Kennedy's house. I can say that both the host and Madeleine's parents were charming, but I deduced that FM wasn't at all interested in finding Madeleine. This was because he took me aside and said 'Do you know how much a publicity campaign like this would normally cost for M3? Two million euros at least!'


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