Rebecca A. Rodriguez, Alycia Barlow and Poo Holmes of Animal Time TV (aka Pacific Animal Society, One Animal World) claim all the money they raised for the supposedly “starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo” was paid in full directly to Bandung Zoo!
Rodriguez raised $53 531 via the GoFundMe and took in additional $12 000 in direct payments to RebRod LLC – a for profit-company owned and operated by Rebecca Rodriguez. A total of $65 531 was donated for the “starving sun bears”.
Has anyone seen the actual proof or any real evidence i.e. A written letter of thanks from Bandung Zoo? Perhaps an official accountancy company who has assessed Rodriguez’s books and done an accounting of all the “receipts” and an independent assessment of RebRod LLC? (Rodriguez funneled all the payments into her privately owned, for-profit company) In fact, has anyone seen any official accounting of the money? The answer is NO!
Bandung Zoo approached the media and the Indonesian Authorities (Police) to arrest Rodriguez who had been fundraising for the Zoo and the sun bears without their permission and had collected all this money but gave nothing to the Zoo. Rodriguez was about to be arrested for fraud when she fled Indonesia.
Just because Rodriguez writes that she donated the funds to Bandung Zoo, doesn’t make it factual. Or evidence. Interestingly Scorpion Wildlife Monitoring Group via their Facebook page on 27 December 2017, also ousted Rebecca Rodriguez for fraud. Scorpion provided Rodriguez with the video of the “starving sun bears” made in May 2016 which they allowed her to use in her GoFundMe campaign and she paid them $2400 for it so why would they also turn on her? Are the public that gullible?
Or, if you don’t have Facebook, here are the screenshots :
Then there’s the small problem that Bandung Zoo reported Rodriguez to the Indonesian Police. Why? Well because she never asked their permission to raise funds for their sun bears AND she never offered anything to Bandung Zoo! Legally and criminally Rodriguez was being pursued by Indonesian Authorities FOR FRAUD. She was to be arrested on sight. Rodriguez fled Indonesia within 4 days of her arrival there. She is still actively being sought as a CRIMINAL. Should she dare to set foot in Indonesia she will be immediately arrested. Now why would Bandung Zoo prosecute Rebecca Rodriguez for fraud if she gave them the donations? They would be cheerily clapping her on the back and thanking her profusely, right? Any news out there thanking Rodriguez for helping the “starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo”?
If both Bandung Zoo and Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group revealed that Rebecca Rodriguez of One Animal World is a fraud and has been lying and misleading the public, why would you choose to believe Rodriguez? Who has the most to gain and why would established, official bodies lie?
Legalities aside. If Rodriguez gave Bandung Zoo $65 000 how did she pay her “expert team members” (film production crew) $10 000? Did she pay them out of her own pocket? Errrrr, no!
And who paid for the “expert team members” medical costs related to this Indonesian trip? Who paid for health checks and all those vaccinations? So Rodriguez had the funds on hand to pay thousands in medical costs from her own pocket? Errr, no!
And who paid for accommodation and transport in Indonesia? And meals. Who paid for all that? That fancy air conditioned bus and the guide? Rodriguez paid thousands of her own money on hotels, transport and food? Errr, no!
And how did Rodriguez give Scorpion Wildlife Trade Monitoring Group close to $3 000 as payment for utilizing their “sting video of the starving sun bears of Bandung Zoo created in May 2016” in her campaign? Did she pay Scorpion $3 000 out her own funds? Errr, no!
Practically, there’s absolutely no logical way Rebecca Rodriguez could donate $65 500 to Bandung Zoo because she spent the following, at a minimum :
$3000 vaccinations/health checks
$8000 minimally on accommodation/food/transport
$1000 “needy animals : 2 stray cats “rescued”, 2 otters purchased from illegal wildlife market, monkey needed vet treatment, donation $150 to Wanicare Foundation, donation $100 to Uli’s Cat Sanctuary)
That’s approximately $25 000 gone! So how did Bandung Zoo received $65 500? It’s IMPOSSIBLE!!!!!
$65 500 – $25 000 = $40 500
Now did Bandung Zoo even get the balance? $40 500? I wish we could say yes. NO THEY DID NOT. That money has mysteriously disappeared and we KNOW where it was spent.
Has anyone seen the EVIDENCE of PAYMENT TO BANDUNG ZOO? IN ANY AMOUNT? A cashed check, a money order, PayPal donation, wire transfer? Anything legitimate? Anything verifiable? Any proof whatsoever? NO because it does not exist! No payment, not even $1 was given for the sunbears of Bandung Zoo or any animal of Bandung Zoo.
Rodriguez KEPT THE DONATIONS AND THEY WERE PRIVATELY UTILIZED ON :
DURING September 2017 and January 2018 Rebecca Rodriguez and her best friend Alycia Barlow miraculously had thousands of Dollars at their disposal to fund not 1, 2, 3, 4 or even 5 international holidays/trips which included vaccinations, flights, accommodation, transport, meals etc. to Germany, Greece, Italy, Bali, Mexico, Puerto Rico and Indonesia. Curiously, these holidays coincided with the missing $40000 in donations given for the sun bears of Bandung Zoo.
ASK RODRIGUEZ AND BARLOW HOW THE COULD AFFORD ALL THESE INTERNATIONAL HOLIDAYS FOR MONTHS ON END? ARE THEY TRUST FUND BABIES AND IT’S A COMPLETE FLUKE THAT ALL THIS TRAVEL COINCIDED WITH THE MISSING FUNDS FOR BANDUNG ZOO AND THE STARVING SUN BEARS? These cons are a disgrace!!!