RANDI ALWAYS KNEW “ALVAREZ” WASN’T WHO HE SAID HE WAS
Rules of Investigation:
1. You see it once you’ll see it again.
2. If you can’t find the answer you already got it.
3. All skeptics are liars.
FT. LAUDERDALE: The man who 12 years ago offered me $1,000,000 (one million dollars) to prove homeopathy (to him) ended up in court this week bailing out his longtime domestic partner on charges of life fraud, a 23 year long identity theft.
James “the Amazing” Randi is a career conjurer and debunker of extraordinary claims, a hero to a large following of atheists, local skeptics and amateur debunkers. His reputation as a ‘seeker of truth” turned hypocritical this week when in court he openly admitted that prior to the theft he knew the true identity of his homosexual lover, artist Deyvi Orangel Pena Arteaga.
NEW YORK: “He’s had my identity for 20 years,” the real Jose Alvarez said Friday, when reached by telephone in New York from Florida by the Sun Sentinel. “Why is he stealing my identity? Is he illegal?”
Pena is a Venezuelan, better known as “Jose Alavarez” and before that known to Australian audiences as a phony psychic channeler going by the name of “Carlos.”
“Pena was arrested Sept. 8 at Randi’s Plantation home under the name “John Doe” and charged with passport fraud and identity theft. A Sun Sentinel investigation revealed Pena’s true identity earlier this week. The newspaper obtained the immigration visa he used in March 1984 to come to the United States from his native Venezuela to attend the Art Institute of Fort Lauderdale.”
The next question here is to what degree did Randi assist Pena in the theft of a New York man’s identity? The hoax was discovered when the real Jose Luis Alvarez, whose identity was stolen by Pena 23 years ago, applied for a passport. The story goes that Federal agents burst into his New York apartment to arrest him, but the real Alvarez was able to quickly corroborate his identity.
The next step was to cuff Pena and throw him in the Broward county slammer.