Wednesday, 26 June 2013
How do we get justice?
The more people I come across who have had Wes in their lives, even if it was just for a short period of time like mine, the more I want to make sure that he is brought to justice. This started out because he scammed $2700 from me in April 2013 but in talking with other victims of his I have realized that I am actually one of the luckier ones. Others may have lost more money, but the victims most affected by him are the ones who were emotionally involved with him. I imagine that the feelings I have must be multiplied; shattered trust in myself and in others, a sense of betrayal, not telling people for fear of judgement and criticism. I feel like I should have recognized what was going on and I blame myself for being too trusting and naive. I never think of myself as gullible or someone easily fooled so it really did surprise me that I got scammed. But I am not going to be too hard on myself and others who were scammed by him shouldn't either.
He has spent the last 25 years of his life perfecting his scam. He knows exactly what to say to make you feel comfortable. He is superficially charming and yet slightly domineering. He is just average enough that you put your guard down. He is an expert liar and doesn't seem to feel any remorse or guilt for the destruction he has caused his victims. He seems to have an innate ability to find the weakness in people and uses these weaknesses for his own benefit through deceit, intimidation, manipulation and takes pleasure in doing so. As one victim told me, 'he is the Ted Bundy of financial fraud'. I am not even sure what justice looks like in this case... Wes De Vries in jail doesn't seem like enough. Even if he was to somehow fix all the financial ruin he has caused the emotional scars left behind are deep and will be very hard for some to overcome. I guess that is why I have become so passionate about putting his name out there and exposing him for the con man he is. I feel the pain of these other victims and I realize how close I was to having been drawn in further and am thankful I have strong and supportive people in my life to help me though this. I really would like to see his spree of destruction stopped and give his victims some peace. My money is gone and there is no reason for me to be putting in so much time and energy putting his name out there except to warn potential victims. I hope this blog is working and I hope it's making it harder for him to scam other people. I will end today's post with a quote; to have an innate They seem to have an innate ability to find the weakness in people, and are - The aggravating factors in this matter are that Mr. Devries is a predator and a chronic recidivist. He has engaged in repeated, ongoing, premeditated criminality which commenced almost immediately after his release from custody for similar offences - the honourable Judge J.C. Challenger