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Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes, a citizen of Brazil, was arraigned in federal court yesterday (October 30) on a charge of embezzling $275,000 from the Walt Disney Company.

He was a host in merchandise stores onboard the Disney Wonder cruise ship. According to the government's complaint, Gomes made $275,000 in unauthorized charges to Disney's bank account and then loaded the value of the funds into Disney gift cards.

Between April 23 and May 7 of this year, Gomes spent $35,000 of the embezzled funds on the card to take his family to Disney World. Gomes was interviewed by Disney investigators this month. He was arrested by federal agents when the ship docked in San Diego October 27.

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JustWondering Oct. 31, 2017 @ 7:56 a.m.

So it’s true, at least during April to May of this year, Disney was the happiest place on Earth for Renan Dias Da Rocha Gomes. However, not so happy in October though. And, something tells me, on a prospective basis, not to much happiness will be happening. Hope that was one heck of a vacation for his family for $35K. He should have plenty of time on his hands in the slammer to reflect on those family vacation memories.

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 9:09 a.m.

JustWondering: Gomes was definitely not Snow White. Maybe he was Goofy. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Oct. 31, 2017 @ 9:18 a.m.

No, he was Daffy to think he could get away it. Daffy’s cousin Donald, snitched him off to Walt and the crew.

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 11:55 a.m.

JustWondering: One of the things in my past that makes me weep is the tossing out of comic books. When I was the age to read about Goofy and Daffy, I threw out the comics after I read them. Today, go in an antiques/collectibles store and see what these old comic books sell for.

There was a horrible incident. We had a windup record player. We used thorns from a tree as needles. At age 12, I smashed it up to get rid of it. Look what it would sell for now! Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Oct. 31, 2017 @ 12:51 p.m.

As young man in the early 80s I inherited 2000 shares of Apple which were not all that valuable. Today they would be worth over $2.5M ....now that’s to weep over. I understand your pain.

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 1:23 p.m.

JustWondering: Our oldest son has worked for Apple for 25 years as a software engineer. He figures that if he hadn't sold some stock, his Apple would now be worth $35 million. He is not hurting, however. Best, Don Bauder

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JustWondering Oct. 31, 2017 @ 4:51 p.m.

I’d say it gives a new meaning to the phrase Apple-of-my-eye.

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 9:16 a.m.

Mike Murphy: We don't know how long it took the Disney bookkeepers to discover this. Since Gomes is a Brazilian citizen, American authorities had to work through authorities there. No matter how long the investigation took, he was picked up in a hurry this month. Best, Don Bauder

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Visduh Oct. 31, 2017 @ 2:34 p.m.

The crews on those ships are from many countries, so much so that you'd wonder how they can communicate. I wonder just where and when the thefts occurred, and who has jurisdiction over crimes committed while the ship is at sea. Seems complicated to me.

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JustWondering Oct. 31, 2017 @ 5:04 p.m.

The Disney Wonder is registered in the Bahamas 🇧🇸. In the case of a crime occurring in International waters: “Once a ship is 24 miles from any coastline, it's on the high seas (or international waters). With the exception of certain rights within the contiguous zone, the law of that ship is the law of the country whose flag it's flying. So, a ship registered in the [Bahamas] that's 25 miles off the coast of California isn't subject to U.S. law; it's subject to the laws of the [Bahamas].”

It worth noting many crimes go unprosecuted for this very reason, murkiness and jurisdictional conflicts. Maybe Gomes is smarter than we realize.

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Visduh Oct. 31, 2017 @ 5:13 p.m.

Since he's now in custody and charged in federal court, maybe he outsmarted himself. Using the banking system and using US communications while making use of stolen property to defraud Disney and its US operations are likely to subject him to US law.

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 12:51 p.m.

Visduh: That seems logical. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 10:04 p.m.

JustWondering: He was arrested Oct. 27 after the ship made port in San Diego following completion of a cruise to Mexico. The material from the U.S. Attorney's office did not touch on the matter you question. Yachts and ships generally are flagged in for-off tax havens. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 9:25 p.m.

Visduh: I don't know where or when the thefts occurred. We can say it was not long ago, and it was on a trip to Mexico. Best, Don Bauder

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AlexClarke Nov. 2, 2017 @ 7:03 a.m.

The reason that the crews are from many countries is because they provide cheap labor. The cruse ship industry is always on a race to the bottom. Foreign registry allows the owners to escape wage and labor protections as well as escaping taxes.

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 12:56 p.m.

AlexClarke: Foreign registry is a scam in most cases. When a yacht is being sold, it is taken far out to sea so the sale would take place outside the U.S. area of influence. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 12:54 p.m.

Visduh: The case may have been complicated, but the U.S. Attorney's office sure worked fast. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Oct. 31, 2017 @ 8:53 p.m.

Admiralty law is extremely complicated. At the end of the day, the captain is the law regardless of flag. In this case, it's a mere financial crime and will be sorted out in extradition, criminal (perhaps) and civil courts. Putting the perp in jail means he can't make a living or work on restitution. Disney is such a snotty, inbred, nasty, evil company that kneels at the altar of greed that I could only wish more people could rip them off. Mic drop.

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Don Bauder Oct. 31, 2017 @ 10:05 p.m.

Ponzi:It's a good thing you use a pseudonym. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Nov. 1, 2017 @ 9:01 a.m.

I think Walt would roll over in his grave if he saw what Disney is today. I feel Disney is in the same league as the NFL when it comes to greed.

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Visduh Nov. 1, 2017 @ 9:41 a.m.

Disney is better at disguising the greed than the NFL can ever be. Everything they do has that nicey look and feel. About a year ago we were in eastern Canada when a Disney ship was making a port visit for the day. As it was preparing to leave, the ship's whistle sounded the first few bars of "When You Wish Upon a Star" to summon the passengers back aboard. That outfit can get more mileage out of stuff that was popular long before most of the customers were even born. There's greed there for sure, but they are geniuses for milking everything for big bucks.

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Ponzi Nov. 1, 2017 @ 9:19 p.m.

I have been in IT spanning a career of 37 years so far. Disney collects all kinds of questionable data, and now they collect facial imaging. They collect information on your children, their likes, their social networks and whatever else they can gleen from the data. Disney makes Google and Facebook seem like simpletons. Disney has been an expert at data collection and exploitation before the era of the internet.

One final thought. Disney identifies and collect cell phone numbers of minors. They use those numbers to build their big data cloud.

Imagine a future where your child gets an instagram message generated by Disney because their face recognition software identified one our your friends on the Matterhorn? "She's having fun at DisneyLand, when are you returning to The World's Happiest Place?" (Click here for 25% off pass child pass)

That is what is going to happen because that is what's being worked on. Even the NFL is too dumb to ever deploy what diabolical revenue generators Disney has planned.

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 1:40 p.m.

Ponzi: Future? Aren't things like that happening right now? Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Nov. 2, 2017 @ 6:24 p.m.

Disney is using a service call "Fast-Pass" to collect mobile phone numbers and link them to individual names and profiles. Disney is careful ho they roll out their programs, but someday the face recognition will probably alarm a lot of people. Because sooner or later, almost half of Americans and most Southern California tourists cycle through DisneyLand.

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Don Bauder Nov. 8, 2017 @ 7:40 a.m.

Ponzi: At some point, Americans will rise up and protest this data-stealing. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 12:59 p.m.

Visduh: When I see somebody dressed as Donald Duck, I assume he is a pickpocket. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Nov. 2, 2017 @ 6:21 p.m.

I understand about 30% of the cartoon characters are security and loss prevention. All have radios they can use to call for help.

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 8:40 p.m.

Ponzi: Or call headquarters when a sucker appears. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 8:38 p.m.

Visduh: Yes, Disney employs Snow White to pick the pockets of those visiting Disneyland. Best, Don Bauder

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Don Bauder Nov. 2, 2017 @ 12:58 p.m.

Ponzi: Both the NFL and Disney are in the entertainment industry -- one of the most crooked of all. Best, Don Bauder

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Ponzi Nov. 7, 2017 @ 5:14 p.m.

Disney ends blackout of LA Times after boycott from media outlets. Yeah that didn't last long, Dopey Disney.

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Don Bauder Nov. 8, 2017 @ 7:42 a.m.

Ponzi: The big worry is what the Trump administration will do to control the press. Best, Don Bauder

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