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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)

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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
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Volkskrant exposes Greenfield fraud

11 Apr

The premier quality Dutch newspaper, De Volkskrant, has exposed the fraud conducted by Michael Rietveld and 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 their company, Greenfield Project Management Ltd, and its project.

Unfortunately, even though the Dutch public prosecution service and the FIOD (Financial Intelligence and Investigation Service, part of the Taxation Authority) have spent six months investigating the crimes of these two fraudsters, they have now decided they have not enough evidence to pursue criminal charges. In any case, McCann is on the run, probably living in the south of Spain, and Rietveld’s whereabouts are unknown.

Belgian police continue their investigations.

Volkskrant 31 March 2012

A copy of the article in Dutch is provided below, with a link to a translation into English by the newspaper.

Download article in Dutch

Download English translation: Great Belarusian Disappearing Act

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.

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!

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Rob Linders

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