Thursday, July 18, 2013


Well, look what Miss Fortune found flopping around in her gill net this morning! Fan mail from some flounder?

No, Bullwinkle...it's an email from another Northern Michigan fugitive from justice, Craig S. Gibson.

To tell the truth, and your girl Miss Fortune always does, the Craigster had not crossed my mind in months.  But after receiving that email, I checked on the status of Gibson's outstanding warrant.

Looks like our boy Craig gave a jingle to the court yesterday, all the way from his home in Cali, Colombia!

Miss Fortune would have loved to have gone all NSA on Gibson and eavesdropped on that convo! One can only imagine the cursing and doggerel that flowed and crackled along the phone line from Colombia.

Reach out again, Craig! 

Miss Fortune's just itchin' to catch her another criminal! 

For those readers who wonder just who is Craig Gibson and why is he saying all those terrible things about me, here's a refresher course:

As published March 12, 2013 on "Glistening, Quivering Underbelly":

Where In The World Is Craig S. Gibson?

The State of Michigan can't find him, but we did!
Alleged welfare cheat avoids fraud warrant by fleeing to Cali, Colombia


Here's how former Long Lake Township resident Craig S. Gibson describes himself on his personal HubPages site: http://csgibson.hubpages.com/

Craig Gibson was educated at Michigan State University and Harvard University in the USA.  He was also educated in Colombia South America at the Universidad Santiago de Cali and the Colombo Americano Institute.  He has been self-employed all his life.  He has traveled Colombia for years and has become an expert on Colombia and its people.

Are you finished laughing yet? OK, here's some of what he left out.

Gibson is the former owner of  Versatile Mortgage Funding Company and a Traverse City area real estate agent. According to State of Michigan's business entity records, Gibson also operated Versatile Debt Management, an unlicensed debt management firm he ran out of 801 S. Garfield in Traverse City--otherwise known as mailbox #310 at the UPS Store.

Here's where it gets a little confusing (by design, I suppose): Gibson was neither licensed as a mortgage broker or a debt management company and the debt management arm of his corporation was simply an assumed name.

Here's an excerpt from Gibson's mortgage company record from the official State of Michigan corporate database:

Assumed Names:
Id Num
Creation Date
Renew Date
Expiration Date

ID Num: 25081A  
Type of Entity: Domestic Profit Corporation
Resident Agent: CRAIG GIBSON
Registered Office Address: 13561 S WEST BAY SHORE  SUITE 2050TRAVERSE CITY   MI  49684
Mailing Address:   MI 
Formed Under Act Number(s): 284-1972          
Incorporation/Qualification Date: 2-18-2003
Jurisdiction of Origin: MICHIGAN
Number of Shares: 60,000
Year of Most Recent Annual Report: 07
Year of Most Recent Annual Report With Officers & Directors: 04
Status: AUTOMATIC DISSOLUTION   Date: 7-15-2010

Whew, are you ready for more?

You may remember hearing in November 2012 that Gibson faced felony charges after State of Michigan authorities said he duped state officials into providing nearly $17,000 in undeserved welfare benefits.

According to a story in the Traverse City Record-Eagle, a report from the Michigan Department of Human Services showed that from November 2009 through March 2011, Gibson received various benefits intended for himself, his wife and his stepdaughter.

But state investigators spoke to Gibson's now ex-wife, who revealed that she and her daughter moved out of the house in September 2009.

The total amount of alleged fraud listed in the DHS report was $16,944.

Investigators set a August 27, 2012 interview for Gibson to discuss what they suspected to be fraudulent activity, but he didn't show, the report said.

Too bad the Record-Eagle didn't do its job. They would have discovered that Gibson didn't show because he'd already fled the United States for a new life (and a new wife) in Cali, Colombia.

http://colombialivinggood.com/index.html (Gibson's personal paen to Colombian living)

Gibson and Darnelly MontaƱo Portocarrero at Juanchaco y Ladrilleros on June 17, 2012.  (Juancharco and Ladrilleros are two fishing villages on the Bay of Malaga, just 40 km north of Buenaventura, Colombia in the Pacific Ocean.)
A grinning Gibson with Portocarrero in Quito, Ecuador

Gibson celebrating his December 14, 2011 wedding to Portocarrero.





Don't cry for Craig, Argentina!

He's got a new gig (yeah, that lounging poolside thing is just a hobby).

He's out rattling the tin cup for donations to help him pay for his new life in Colombia after his November 23, 2009 heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic.  Here's an excerpt from Gibson's fundraising site: http://www.medical-aid.org/

I'm too sexy for my do-rag!

Craig Gibson had a heart transplant November 23, 2009. After 24 years of suffering heart failure, Craig recieved a heart transplant at the Cleveland Clinic. The experience was a rough one but at the same time it was an incredible gift and definitely a miracle. 

We thank God every day for this blessing and for his new chance at life. Unfortunately this all happened during the financial crisis and Craig lost everything, but he gained his health. He has been struggling with unpaid medical bills and $4,000 a month drug expenses. he has been able to take advantage of various plans to defer his drug costs. But now he has to rely on Medicare. Because he does not qualify for extra help to pay for his medicare premiums and his extra drug costs, he will have a shortfall of $7,300 a year. These drugs are necessary to keep Craig alive and they are very expensive. He also has $35,000 in unpaid medical expenses related to his transplant. Our goal is to raise a few years cushion to pay his medicare costs plus his past due medical bills. This comes to just under $60,000.

Craig's only income is a $713 social security check every month. So even after we raise the desired amount we will have to continue our fund raising efforts for a while. Any donation regardless of the size would be greatly appreciated.

And Craig's PayPal account IS verified, folks, in case you want to send him a contribution. Of course, it's verified under yet another one of Gibson's now-defunct Michigan corporate entities, PRIMETIMECLICK, Inc.

ID Num: 01595L  
Type of Entity: Domestic Profit Corporation
Resident Agent: CRAIG GIBSON
Registered Office Address: 801 S GARFIELD #310  TRAVERSE CITY   MI  49686
Mailing Address:   MI 
Formed Under Act Number(s): 284-1972          
Incorporation/Qualification Date: 5-13-2008
Jurisdiction of Origin: MICHIGAN
Number of Shares: 60,000
Year of Most Recent Annual Report:
Year of Most Recent Annual Report With Officers & Directors:
Status: AUTOMATIC DISSOLUTION   Date: 7-15-2011

Read on for the PayPal information--

PrimeTimeClick, Inc. is PayPal Verified
PayPal's Verification System allows you to learn more about users before you pay them through PayPal. Verify that the information below is consistent with the business, organization or person you wish to pay.

Account Creation Date:Sep 14, 2010

To ensure that this is a legitimate PayPal Verified user, make sure that the URL of this page begins with https://www.paypal.com/.

What it Means to be Verified
To become Verified, a PayPal member in the United States must provide us with proof that he or she has opened an account at a bank or other financial institution. Because these institutions are required by law to screen account holders, PayPal's verification process increases security when you pay parties you do not know. Please note that PayPal's verification system does not constitute an endorsement of a member, nor a guarantee of a member's business practices. You should always consider other indicators when evaluating members, including length of PayPal membership and reputation scores (on eBay or other auction sites, if applicable).


If you miss Craig, you can follow him in Twitter https://twitter.com/cgibson1947 or Facebook http://www.facebook.com/craigbson

Or better yet, just send him an email at csgibson1@hotmail.com

And tell him Miss Fortune says hello!

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