I was among Peter’s last known scam victims this past summer. He organized a tour for a group that I had joined, and on the day that we were supposed to leave for Europe–after nearly a year of planning–he contacted the coordinator to say the trip had been cancelled. We were devastated. Students plans for school credit were derailed. Individuals lost thousands of dollars.
Peter had asked all 15 people to pay him directly, and no one has seen a penny of their money refunded despite his promises to do so. Communication from Peter soon dwindled to nearly nothing. All we know is that he is hiding in another country.
I was afraid that he would scam more groups, so I contacted my local Adventist Church communication department who then contacted the NAD. The NAD had issued an earlier warning in the Spring, but the language was indirect and soft; it was easily overlooked. After the General Conference heard about our situation, they issued a more direct and urgent warning to the public. This current letter, posted by Spectrum, is the result.
As soon as the GC letter was made public, I posted it on my Facebook wall. I started getting private messages from several people–some strangers–telling me that Peter had been scamming groups for years, even during his time with the New England Youth Symphony. Somehow, he kept getting away with it because he alternated successful trips with cancelled ones. Back then, either no one noticed a pattern or no one wanted to ask the hard questions about a fellow Adventist.
For those who are defending Peter, your loyalty is respected. I understand that you are friends. But do your research. Before you resort to conspiracy theories or blame other people, ask yourself why more than a dozen churches and schools, in recent years, have reported remarkably similar stories of cancelled trips and stolen funds. Why has no one been paid back? Why is Peter hopping from country to country?
Think twice before defending a man that has defrauded not only adults like me, but children who worked all year to save up for a mission trip. He’s used his Adventist badge to gain trust then manipulate. I hope that Spectrum’s article, along with word of mouth, will stop him from defrauding another group.