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A HAPPY 76th BIRTHDAY to James “Jim” McCann

25 Mar McCann with Louise Habbah

TODAY, 25 March 2015, is Jim McCann’s birthday.

He is 76 years old today. Still running, still ducking and diving.

A man who should be retired long ago, enjoying the company of his grandchildren and daughters — he’s still on the run, wanted, hunted, and despised.

To help out anyone who is looking for him, or who encounters a strangely suspicious man with a plan and a Belfast, Northern Ireland, accent, today we publish for the first time the most recent photographs we have been able to obtain.

All of them date from 2011 to 2013, when McCann, or Kennedy, or Campbell, or whatever he is calling himself at this moment, was hiding out in the South of France pursued by Dutch, Irish, Swedish and Belgian creditors.

Jim McCann with snake

Jim McCann on the French Riviera, 1 April 2013, with a snake he found. Ironic remarks are invited…

Jim McCann on his touring bicycle

Jim McCann in the south of France, 1 April 2012

Jim McCann with satsuma

Taking a break from the cycling, April Fool’s Day 2012

Jim McCann getting ready for dinner

Groomed for dinner? Jim McCann with photograph of his mentor

Jim McCann and Astri Blokbergen

August 8 2013: Jim McCann with a girlfriend, Dutch sculptor Astri Blokbergen, who came to visit him in Montpellier. James hoped to get her to buy the small sculptures displayed on the table, but she wouldn’t part with the money.
The sculptures were made by Abraham Habbah, well-known Iraqi sculptor based in France since 1955.
How did McCann acquire them? He stole them from the artist’s widow in 2011, after persuading her to finance a supposed “project” about her deceased husband. When Madame Habbah finally turned off the money tap, McCann fled, taking a stash of valuable sculptures with him.

Jim McCann

Jim McCann, or James K Campbell as he now styles himself, in July 2013

Jim McCann

In Cannes during the Film Festival — 19 May 2013

Jim McCann

Preparing to leave Cannes on his bike, McCann can’t help making a rude gesture

And in case anyone finds it hard to believe that James McCann would rob an old lady of her life’s capital, here is a photograph of him attending the opening of the house of Abraham Habbah’s former patron, Camille Renault, on 14 May 2011. Louise Habbah is in the centre, with McCann behind.

McCann with Louise Habbah

James Kennedy McCann, or James K Campbell, lurks in the background behind Louise Habbah at the opening of the house of art patron Camille Renault to the public, 14 July 2011

A description of the opening of Camille Renault’s house is available here: bit.ly/1BKUeRU

Jim McCann and Louise Habbah, his victim for art theft and fraud

That predator’s eye watches everything…

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Jim McCann, James Kennedy, etc etc

23 Aug

Jim McCann JimGreece

James Kennedy, real name Jim McCann — conman, drug trafficker, arms dealer and ‘one of the craziest and most dangerous men I have ever met’
— Felix de Mendelssohn

Jim McCann / James Kennedy on Wikipedia: finally, an update covering the Greenfield scam

4 Aug

A much-improved version of the James McCann entry on Wikipedia. 

It still omits a great deal about his career, especially his arms dealing on behalf of the IRA in Northern Ireland, but at least the Greenfield scam and its aftermath are now included.

James McCann (drugs trafficker)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Jim McCann in cycling gear, Amsterdam 2010, aged 70

James Joseph “Jim” McCann (born 25 March 1939 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a figure who has been linked with Irish republicanism, drug trafficking[1] and the smuggling of arms to the Provisional IRA in the 1970s.[2]

Background

McCann has dual British and Irish citizenship, and uses an Irish passport. In 1971 he escaped from Belfast’s Crumlin Road Prison, where he was awaiting trial for a petrol-bombing at Queen’s University.[3]

Prominent drugs trafficker Howard Marks was involved with McCann for several years in smuggling hashish from Afghanistan through Irish ports, specifically Shannon Airport, to the UK via Milford Haven in Wales.[4] He was imprisoned at various times in Germany, France, Canada, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on drug- or political violence-related matters.[5]

He was described as “possibly the most effective arms supplier” for the IRA in the 1970s.[2] He was arrested in the Republic of Ireland in 1979 on a drugs trafficking charge and held in Portlaoise Prison, but was not convicted.

On 2 March 1991, McCann was arrested in a hotel in Düsseldorf, Germany, under the name of Robert Gustave Baehr. Identified by his fingerprints as James McCann, he was charged with being a member of a criminal gang, with smuggling 1,528 kilogrammes of hashish from Morocco to England in March 1988, and with possession of two false passports and small quantities of cannabis and cocaine.[6] In December 1992, after 21 months on remand, McCann was found guilty of participating in “a criminal gang whose purpose was to traffic in considerable amounts of narcotics” and of possession of false passports and quantities of cocaine and cannabis. McCann was sentenced to three years for the drugs trafficking charge and six months each on the other charges, six of which were concurrent. As he had already served almost half the 42-month sentence in detention, he was released shortly afterwards and traveled to the Netherlands.[7]

Under the name of James Kennedy McCann, he was a member of the Republic of Belarus official delegation to a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in The Hague in 2000[8]. A company he was involved in, Greenfield Project Management Ltd, since struck off[1], had attracted funds in the Netherlands, putatively to build bioethanol plants in Belarus. It collapsed after the Belarus Government withdrew support in 2009 following Greenfield’s failure to raise investment finance, leaving debts of at least €3 million. McCann acted as Director of Strategy of this company.

In 2012 the Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, exposed Greenfield as a fraud conducted by its chief executive Michael Rietveld and director of strategy James McCann in a comprehensive story. In an article in the Economics section of the paper on Saturday 31 March 2012, Economics Editor Erik Bloem detailed how McCann and Rietveld stole €150,000 from Belgian Marc Janssens, took in over €4 million from small investors in the Netherlands, ran up debts of over €3 million to creditors — and walked away when the Belarus government withdrew its support from Greenfield Project Management Ltd, and its project. [9]

The company was registered in Ireland, but not a single penny of the substantial sums it took from investors ever passed through the company’s accounts or were declared in mandatory annual returns. The Companies Registration Office struck off Greenfield Project Management Ltd from the companies register in 2011, following complaints to the Office of the Director of Corporate Enforcement and a filing by the company’s former auditors that its accounts were suspect. [10]

The Dutch public prosecution service and the FIOD (Financial Intelligence and Investigation Service, part of the Taxation Authority) spent more than six months investigating the misdeeds of the two directors, but decided they had not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges.[9] McCann is on the run, believed to be living in the south of France, and Rietveld’s whereabouts are unknown. Belgian police continue their investigations into the theft from Mr Janssens.

Aliases

McCann has used several aliases in the course of his career, the most well-known being “James Kennedy”, and has sometimes been known as “Kennedy-McCann” or “Kennedy McCann”.

References

  1. ^ Marks, Howard (1996). Mr Nice. London: Vintage Books. ISBN 978-0-09-954215-5.
  2. ^ a b “Provos used drug runner to import arms”. Irish Independent. 26 August 2001. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  3. ^ “On the run, but business booms for top criminals”. The Sunday Business Post. 5 January 2003. Retrieved 2010-01-12.
  4. ^ Howard Marks interview
  5. ^ The Day – Aug 27, 1979 “Big Pot Haul in Ireland” (AP). “The fourth suspect, identified by police sources as James McCann, was arrested later in connection with the case. McCann escaped from a prison in Belfast, Northern Ireland eight years ago while awaiting trial on a bombing charge.”
  6. ^ Irish Independent, Friday May 17, 1991. Front page and P 10. Irish Times, Saturday 18 May 1991, P 3.
  7. ^ Sunday World, January 17, 1993, P 8.
  8. ^ UN Framework Convention on Climate Change: CONFERENCE OF THE PARTIES Sixth session The Hague, 13-24 November 2000. See under ‘Belarus’
  9. ^ a b “The great Belarusian disappearing act” De Volkskrant, March 31, 2012, P 22-23.
  10. ^ Company documents filed with the Companies Registration Office, Ireland. Enter company number 412113 to access the Greenfield file. Strike-off notice by CRO September 18, 2011

Wikipedia on James McCann before some brutal editing

27 Mar

Below is the text of an earlier and more comprehensive entry on James McCann in Wikipedia. It has since been edited to a much shorter and less comprehensive article, showing some bias in a) erasing or diminishing McCann’s connections to the IRA in Northern Ireland; and b) diminishing the involvement of Howard Marks and Roger Reaves in the Telmo smuggling attempt.

James Joseph “Jim” McCann (born 25 March 1939 in Belfast, Northern Ireland) is a figure who has been linked with Irish republicanismdrug trafficking[1] and the smuggling of arms to the Provisional IRA in the 1970s.[2]

McCann has dual UK and Irish citizenship, and uses an Irish passport. In 1971 he escaped from Belfast’s Crumlin Road Prison, where he was awaiting trial for a petrol-bombing at Queen’s University.[3] Prominent drugs trafficker Howard Marks was involved with McCann for several years in smuggling hashish from Afghanistan through Irish ports, specifically Shannon Airport, to the UK via Milford HavenWales.[4] He was imprisoned at various times in GermanyFranceCanadaNorthern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland on drug- or IRA-related matters.[5] He was described as, “possibly the most effective arms supplier” for the IRA in the 1970s.[2] The Provisional IRA reportedly punished him for his involvement in the drug trade with a beating. He was arrested in the Irish Republic in 1979 on a drugs trafficking charge and held in Portlaoise Prison, but was not convicted. He was resident in the Netherlands from at least 1993.

McCann has used several aliases in the course of his career, the most well-known being ‘James Kennedy’, and has sometimes been known as ‘Kennedy-McCann’ or ‘Kennedy McCann’. He has also used the names Gustave Robert Baehr, Peter Carrington, and Mr Peters.

James McCann

McCann in cyclist’s gear in Amsterdam, 2010

Criminal convictions

While accused of many offences, McCann was convicted of only one serious offence since coming to prominence in the 1970s, before which he had been convicted only of a string of minor offences, such as passing dud cheques and/or breaking and entering, in Britain in the 1960s.

On Saturday 2 March 1991, McCann was arrested in a hotel in Dusseldorf, Germany, under the name of Robert Gustave Baehr. Identified by his fingerprints as James McCann, he was charged with being a member of a criminal gang, with smuggling 1,528 kilogrammes of hashish from Morocco to England in March 1988, and with possession of two false passports and small quantities of cannabis and cocaine at the time of arrest.[6]

At his trial before the Dusseldorf Amtsgericht, evidence was given that McCann had joined with Howard Marks and an American, William Roger Reaves, to supply the hash as part of a shipment on board a motor vessel, the Telmo, organised by Reaves and destined for the London market. Reaves and others had already been convicted in German courts. Marks, extradited to the USA on other charges, was never tried for this offence.[7]

In December 1992, after 21 months on remand, McCann was found guilty of participating in “a criminal gang whose purpose was to traffic in considerable amounts of narcotics” and of possession of false passports and quantities of cocaine and cannabis. McCann was sentenced to three years for the drugs trafficking charge and six months each on the other charges, six of which were concurrent. As he had already served almost half the 42-month sentence in detention, he was released shortly afterwards and returned to the Netherlands, where he had lived since the late 1980s.[8]

Under the name of James Kennedy McCann, he was a member of the Republic of Belarus official delegation to a United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change conference in The Hague in 2000.[5]

His company (Greenfield Project Management Ltd), since struck off [6], had attracted funds in the Netherlands, putatively to build bioethanol plants in Belarus. It collapsed after the Belarus Government withdrew support in 2009 following its failure to raise investment finance, leaving debts of at least €3 million. [7] McCann had acted as Director of Strategy of this company.

Rietveld tries to sell his property?

11 Mar

We believe that Michael Rietveld owns the building on Langestraat in Hilversum, Netherlands, which Greenfield Project Management used as its “Representative Office” in that country since 2005 or earlier.

This building is now for sale. If Rietveld owes you money, now is the time to register your claim against him — if you can find him.

See here: http://bit.ly/iecHaZ

By a strange quirk of timing, you can see James Kennedy McCann in the Google Streetview picture of the building.

Click the image in the ‘For Sale’ ad, then scroll down to the Streetview picture. Click to move left in the initial view, and you’ll see Langestraat 101, with the Sahara Cafe on the ground floor. Look along the street stretching away from Langestraat and you can see a black-clad man at a doorway.

The Coat of Arms of Belarus Nederlands: Wapen ...

The Coat of Arms of Belarus Nederlands: Wapen van Wit-Rusland Русский: Герб Белоруссии Slovenščina: državni grb Belorusije Українська: Герб Білорусі (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

That is Jim McCann, or James Kennedy, whose apartment was in this building and was used as Greenfield’s office in Netherlands. The main interior photo in the gallery is of Kennedy’s living room, complete with that portrait of him as a Belarus nobleman.

He claims it was given him in recognition of his services to the Belarus government — now, if he were to cross the border into Belarus, his welcome would not be from the government but from the KGB.

Greenfield tries to play the phoenix

11 Mar

It appears that Alfred Michael Rietveld and James Kennedy McCann are trying to continue their scams. They now claim to have set up a new company, Greenfield Bioenergy, to continue the work of Greenfield Project Management. They have also registered several websites with Godaddy.

These sites are

In the page source, the “author” in all cases is Rob Linders of Artivisuals. Artivisuals is located here in Amsterdam. Artivisuals was the author of defunct Greenfield site greenfieldpartners.eu and acted as webmaster for the company.

The text on the holding page for all these sites is the same, and no new pages have been added since 14 October 2010.
On that date, the hosting company Vevida in the Netherlands removed over 40 pages from the sites due to the fact that they contained false claims and lies about the company itself, about individuals previously associated with Greenfield, and about the Belarus Government’s alleged support for the company and its project.
The email address shown on these sites, admin@gfbioenergy.eu, does not work. Any mail to this or other gfbioenergy email addresses are redirected to mr.82060@gmail.com, the personal email of Michael Rietveld. However, as this address has been disabled or deleted, no contact is now possible.
This makes it even more important for anyone approached by these two crooks, or anyone representing them, to BEWARE!

ArtiVisuals
Rob Linders

Tel   +31 20 6236953
Fax
  +31 20 4218262
Postal address
   Henri Polaklaan 2, 1018 CS Amsterdam, the Netherlands
E-mail
   info@artivisuals.nl
Web
http://artivisuals.nl

What is the Greenfield creditors group?

19 Jan

This is a group of creditors of Greenfield Project Management Ltd (based in Ireland) who are owed over €3.3 million by this failed company. These debts are those we know of — there may be more.

 

Its principals continue to attempt to persuade investors to put more money into its efforts to set up bioethanol facilities in Belarus, even though the Belarus government will not do business with the company.

 

We warn anyone contacted by this company to beware. It is a scam, and already insolvent under Irish law. If you are contacted by any one of the following individuals representing Greenfield or any of its affiliates, we advise you insist on a full due diligence: James Kennedy; Michael Rietveld; Alexander Schotten. Otherwise, you could be burned.

 

Greenfield’s old website no longer exists. A website http://gfbioenergy.eu states that its new corporate structure will shortly be announced. This statement was first made in mid-2010, but there have been no developments since.

 

Michael Rietveld‘s tel no is +31 575514240 and his private email is mr.82060@gmail.com

 

James Kennedy does not answer any calls to his numbers. One possible mobile number: +33 601471131

 

 

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