Quien roba a un ladrón …

A Spanish activist by the name of Enric Duran has defrauded banks throughout Spain and Europe of more than 492,000 euros, and he has published a 20-page manifesto explaining that it was to show the fallacies of the system. It has purportedly been distributed throughout Catalunya, and is downloadable from his website, Crisi. (The only pdf version I could find was in Catalan, but the website is in English and Spanish too.) Now he’s on the lam.

In an interview via Skype with EFE – the Spanish-language AP – he says it started out as personal loans to remodel his house and to buy a car, but then he realized that by setting up fake companies in the fashionable audiovisual sector, he was able to obtain far more – with loans of up to 39,000 euros from 39 different banks. “I stole 492,00 euros from those who steal most from us in order to denounce them and construct alternative societies.”

One of the advantages of asking for loans for a company was that “the debt doesn’t appear in your personal financial records, so you can increase the amount you owe and go undetected by the the debt information system of the Bank of Spain.”

My question is why are they calling him “Robin Hood”? I think it’s cool that he bucked the system, but it would have been cooler if he actually did something besides make a 20-page manifesto. Like actually distribute the money or invest in a socially beneficial project.

According to La Vanguardia, Enric says he is not going to return the money. So until he does, or really does distribute it in some way, I will refrain from calling him “Robin Hood”. This whole thing reminds me in some way of the subprime mortgage crisis in the US. It was also started by fraudulent loans, and, as far as I can make out, the prime culprit in it all was basic human greed – from the people giving the fraudulent loans to the people taking them knowing full well they would never be able to pay them back. The problem is now we have to bail them all out. Enric does prove a point about the need for better regulation, but his credentials as a “Robin Hood” don’t quite stand up to the whopping 492,000 euro bill for his 20-page manifesto against banks.

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“Quien roba a un ladrón tiene cien años de perdón.”
He who robs a thief is pardoned for one hundred years.
A Spanish aphorism

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7 Responses to “Quien roba a un ladrón …”


  1. 1 Unnatural Habitat

    Reading further on his website I found this:

    “Once the commissions, interests, notaries, taxes and various expenses related to the action but not directly related to social change were paid, there were leaving around 360,000 euros that have been assigned, amongst others, to the publication you have between your hands1. Other destinies have been various actions and initiatives addressed to raise awareness about the systemic crisis (energy, food, aconomic…) as well as, and specially, to enhance a wide social movement which promotes different ways of living in society while it is also facing present capitalist model until it can replace it.

    I will not give any more concrete details in this document because it could cause some problems to the projects that have received this money without being responsible for that, but I hope that people with whom I’ve been sharing time lately will start the word-of-mouth which will make possible that a lot of people know for sure that the funds fate has been directed towards this sole aim.”

    Still … it’s not very transparent, and therefore not very convincing.

  2. 2 James

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  3. 3 Tom

    Hi. Well I can understand him not stating exactly who received the spare cash as they’d surely be put under some pressure to return the funds, no? Either that or it was some ONG run by his mate.

  4. 4 Unnatural Habitat

    I definitively understand why he wouldn’t state that … but still we have to take his word for it that it went to something with social benefits. And if you think about it, couldn’t you use that excuse anytime you steal something?

  5. 5 Unnatural Habitat

    On that note, no pun intended, he should have done something like what the yippies did in the 60s – going into the New York Stock Exchange and scattering dollar bills, basically stopping all the trading on Wall Street while the brokers scrambled for cash.

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