The Carmen De Souza / John S Diak Saga:

Before getting into the critical details of the ongoing nightmare involving attorney Carmen De Souza, one must ensure that the proper amount of due diligence has been performed prior to retaining Lisbon Lawyers.

The background information regarding this unfortunate matter started in September of 2015 when consultant John S Diak was introduced to MX Properties, Inc by a San Francisco "mortgage broker". Mr Diak was presented as someone who was very knowledgeable in the trading of financial instruments which in turn would provide long term funding for business growth. Shortly thereafter being introduced, Mr Diak began presenting (really inducing) MX Properties and its affiliates to fund certain programs all revolving around securing banking financial instruments. As previously stated, in September 2015, MX Properties and its affiliates began wiring funds to coordinates provided by John S Diak. The funds that MX wired were induced by Mr Diak to initially provide millions upon millions of dollars after the trades commenced. The initial closing for the first round of funding was per contract to take place within 15 days of document execution.  

Unfortunately, MX nor any of its affiliates received any of its promised funding from John S Diak. Mr Diak continued to place MX in other instrument programs that too failed to result in any funding. From January of 2016 to November 2016 nothing at all positive happened. That was until mid November when MX Properties, Inc received a call from John Diak where he stated that the initial round of funding would finally commence (after nearly 15 months of waiting). MX and its officials were quite excited about this good news until John Diak informed MX that it must pay an additional $11000 to complete the initial transaction. This revelation quickly drew the ire of MX. So much money had been entrusted with John Diak only to be lost that the company was very leery of funding anymore of Mr Diak's programs. However, it was suggested that a confirmation letter from the attorney involved, Carmen De Souza, would provide the confidence that MX Properties needed to proceed with making the transfer. On 16/11/2016, MX received a demand / inducement letter written by Carmen De Souza addressed to consultant John Diak that emphatically stated that upon payment of $11000 in undisclosed "fees", its initial funding would finally be "IMMEDIATELY". Promptly, and in complete good faith, MX Properties funded the demanded $11000 for the "fees". Two day later - 18/11/2016, Carmen De Souza drafted another letter that clearly stated that "we have instructed the 'bank' for doing the payments". At this point, MX Properties, Inc felt very good that its long awaited funding was finally at hand.

However, within a few days, MX Properties felt that there were problems. No funds were received and no communication between MX Properties and Carmen De Souza took place. Days became weeks and weeks turned to months without any courtesy whatsoever that its funds would ever be released. The only communication that MX Properties received was from John Diak and these communications were shallow at best and and contained excuses and daily broken promises. Frustration continually reigned down on the nightmare that was now at hand and has clearly not been resolved to this day.

Therefore, we call upon Carmen De Souza to make good on her inducement letter of 16/11/2016 and comply with her edict as promised that MX Properties' initial funding would now be released. And again, employ the proper reference checks on any lawyers in Lisbon prior to retaining their services.

Again when you are vetting out lawyers in Lisbon Portugal, check all references prior to engaging!