BENEFITING: Edward Charles Foundation
UPDATE: On August 2, 2016, a Filipino court acquitted American citizen Scott McMahon of all charges after more than five years of wrongful imprisonment. As a family, we are overjoyed that this part of Scott’s nightmare is over and he will not spend another minute languishing in an overcrowded, filthy prison for a crime he did not commit.
Securing Scott’s freedom has physically, financially, and emotionally drained our family. And now that Scott has been released, we need to continue raising funds to cover all expenses.
Although Scott’s freedom is a huge victory, there are still many hurdles to overcome so that Scott may leave the Philippines and begin to rebuild his life in the Unites States. Scott is now faced with significant costs, including immigration fees for failing to renew his Visa (despite being wrongfully imprisoned), securing funds for a plane ticket home, and working to put together a new life in the States, so that he may bring his fiancée and two children into a stable and loving and environment.
Please consider donating today and join us in making Scott’s transition to freedom as smooth as possible. We want him to focus on reconnecting with his family and being a loving and dedicated father to his children.
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Summary of Scott’s case:
-Scott McMahon, is a United States citizen from Seattle, Washington who was wrongfully imprisoned in the Philippines without being convicted of any crime for more than FIVE YEARS.
-This is the longest any civilian American has been detained in a foreign prison without being convicted of a crime.
-In April of 2011, Scott was accused of and arrested for the rape of a Filipino woman named Dolores San Pablo Vermeulen.
-However, multiple eye witnesses, photographs, and testimony placed Scott and his family more than eight hours away at the time the alleged crime occurred.
-Dolores had motivation: A former wife of one of Scott's acquaintances, Dolores arranged for an immigration raid of Scott's home, inflciting significant and documented trauma on his young son, Scott Jr. In result, Scott filed a child abuse case against Dolores not long before the manifestation of rape allegations.
-On numerous occassions after Scott's arrest, Dolores sent individuals to visit Scott in jail in an effort to both extort money from him and encourage him to drop the child abuse charges against Dolores in exchange for her withdrawing the rape case.
-Dolores has a long history of engaging in illegal and questionable behaviors, including forging official documents and adopting multiple identities.
-As of August 2nd 2016, Scott spent more than five years in prison, separated from his family and children because of the retaliatory actions of a woman seeking to benefit financially and legally from Scott's wrongful imprisonment.
Scott's innocence is supported by The David House Agency and their affiliates at The California Innocence Project and Lewis Roca Rothgerber Christie LLP and the Filipino Government.
For more information on Scott’s case, please visit: www.freescottmcmahon.com