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Former Outpost owner charged in Belize

James Jensen, 56, former owner of the Outpost Bar & Grill near Star Prairie and former New Richmond area resident, has been charged with theft and obtaining property by deception in Belize.

Jensen most recently has been operating a business, the Coyote Ugly bar in Belize.

Jensen and his wife, Janis, moved to the Central American region after selling their local establishment in 2007. Jan died since that time.

On March 23, James Jensen was arrested by Belize police.

According to arrest records, an investor named Robert Martin reported that on Dec. 11, 2008 he sent by wire transfer $50,000 to Jensen for the purchase of land in Punta Gorda.

According to the report, Jensen allegedly acknowledged receiving the money, but presented no proof of the land purchase. Jensen had also allegedly promised to give back the money to Martin but has not done so.

Jensen, who is a Canadian national, was arrested and remanded to Hattieville Prison until his next court hearing, which is scheduled for April 24.

The charges are indictable and no plea was taken during Jensen's first court appearance, according to a story in the San Pedro newspaper.

Attempts to contact Jensen failed. It's unclear if Jensen remains in jail.

In an apparent press release from J Squared Caribbean Trader Ltd., a Belize corporation of which Jensen is the majority shareholder, officials claim Jensen is innocent of all the charges.

The press release claims the charges stem from a business partnership that has gone sour. Jensen claims that the documents filed as proof in the case are "inaccurate and false."