We love to be popular but not with
fraudsters. Internet fraud is a threat to civil society globally.
Our vision is a responsible, truly globally representative and democratic
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal.
We are the original publisher and continue to be the publisher of Amphibian and
Reptile Conservation journal.
includes the use of the Internet for copyright
violations, false claims,
and defamation for gain or for other
documentation below is more than a defense of our journal but serves as a warning to the
global scientific and conservation community of tolerating Internet fraudsters.
We ask you to join us in the
achievement of the ideals of our journal and particularly global networking, democratic
representation, and freedom from national and institutional interests.
2011 - Internet based
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal
Dr. Robert Browne is an
internationally recognised professional conservation biologist who has devoted his life to the
sustainable management of amphibians and reptiles. Craig Hassipakis is not a
scientist or conservation professional and was working in "Hooters" a USA girlie fast food chain as
a menial worker when he asked Dr. Browne to start up the Internet version of the Amphibian and
Conservation journal based at this website.
Dr. Browne did this in good faith, despite cynicism
about Craig Hassipakis by many debtors for Craigs previous activities (as Below) because
of Hassapakis' claimed good intentions to reform and a desire for a new direction and proper
management of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
In 2011 the Internet based Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation journal (ARC) was established www.redlist-arc.org by Dr. Robert Browne
with Craig Hassapakis as editor under the principles of global and democratic management
as a NGO. Craig Hassipakis did
not co-operate in the formation of the NGO as he apparently could not operate bank accounts
in the USA, probably because of his previous fraud in association with a previous paper
version of the ARC journal and perhaps bankrupsy, and so the formation of a Belizean
company to manage the journal was considered. However, at the time of Craig Hassipakis' break
away from the ARC to form his pirate illicit journal the company was not
fully formed and so the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal was a
Craig Hassipakis was the owner
and publisher of a paper journal titled Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, that failed in 2006
due to long term mismanagement. With a scattering of less than 20 articles in 5 "Issues" between
1996 and 2006, Craig Hassapakis left debts to numerous subscribers (700+ subscribers in 2000)
including libraries, zoos, the public, and the publishers including a debts of many thousands of
With Craig Hassapakis's
permission www.redlist-arc.org, as a partnership, incorporated all
previous products of the failed paper version of the ARC.
2013 Craig Hassapakis began a malicious Internet based program to claim
sole ownership of
In 2013 a website that has
clearly violated ARC copyright was uploaded by Craig Hassapakis www.amphibian-reptile-conservation.org This fraudulent website was created under a false
claim by Craig Hassapakis that he owned the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Dr. Robert Browne (current ARC President) has
since defended the principles of the ARC, and its expansion into a truly democratic and global
Unfortunately, Craig Hassapakis has responded with
fraudulent and defamatory Internet based campaign against the Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation journal and Dr. Robert Browne.
Craig Hassapakis's long
history of fraudulent and dismal business management
Craig Hassipakis was the owner
and publisher of a paper journal titled Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, that failed in 2006
due to long term mismanagement that left numerous still unpaid debts. With a scattering of less
than 20 articles in 5 "Issues" between 1996 and 2006, Craig Hassapakis left numerous subscriber
(700+ subscribers in 2000) to entities including libraries, zoos, the public, and the publishers
including a debts of many thousands of dollars.
The Editorial by Craig
Hassapakis of the Second Issue Venezuela published in
2000 states "Our mission is
further set, and I think it easy to visualize our intended mission, based on the observation of
each new issue. Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC) now numbers over 700+ subscribers and has
printed and distributed 3,000 copies each of both issues 2 and 3, thus making ARC the largest
distributed, English language, herpetological scientific journal in the world. I view my role with
the journal as "carrying the torch" as editor and publisher, while many interested in assisting the
journal have come "on board" as advisors coeditors, special section editors, or contributors,
in-country liaisons, and in other ways."
The Venezuela issue had that only one article of
about 8 pages of text. see journal
Craig Hassapakis's profit from volunteers and
well wishers, and his ownership are disguised as "carrying the torch" as editor and
publisher. In the Venezuela
issue, Craig Hassapakis
presented an Advisory Board of 11, an Editorial Review Board of 12, 2 Section Editors, 7
Contributors, etc. to publish only one article.
Subscribers had to wait until 2004, for the next ARC
paper issue on Honduras that had only 2 articles. The final Issue of the paper
ARC was in 2006 with 5 articles and since then nothing published; a failed and insolvent
Craig Hassipakis on his sites home page 30/12/2014 states the
blatent lie "ARC
has been privately funded by the founder and editor of the journal and his supporters
the past 19 years (since its founding in 1996), but the majority of efforts and production
work (editing, graphic design, website maintenance and operation, etc.) are contributed on a
voluntary basis; thus, we function as a nonprofit organization for the preservation and
conservation of amphibian and reptilian species
Craig's funding supporters are apparently the
institutions and individuals Craig
Craig Hassapakis is not a
Craig Hassapakis is not a professional scientist and
to our knowledge has never published a peer reviewed scientific article. He has no qualifications
to manage any scientific related endeavour and has entirely relied on using others work to build
his Internet based and fallacious reputation.
Dr. Robert Browne and the Internet based Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Craig Hassipakis worked with the new
Internet based ARC www.redlist-arc.org as a
co-editor, and then editor as Dr. Robert Browne focussed on business management, web site
development, and publishing. However, management problems with Craig included failure to cooperate in forming
a business plan and management strategies, fiscally irresponsibility and owing
moneys to Dr. Robert Browne who paid for the website, and disregard of the guiding
principles of the
Craig Hassapakis fraud since
In mid 2013 Craig Hassapakis began a malicious and deceptive
program to claim sole ownership of the ARC, including the sending of malicious
and threatening emails to our staff, blackmails to individuals and organisations,
invasions of privacy, and defamatory and misleading emails and newsletters to the
Especially, Craig Hassapakis also engaged in a campaign defaming previous
authors of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal and attacked the integrity of the
email below clearly states Dr. Robert Browne's at least 45% ownership of the partnership
of the ARC that Dr. Robert Browne has now distributed ownership among the current ARC
Dr. BROWNE"S OWNERSHIP -From Craig Hassapakis -
I just acquired Howard's interest in ARC through a deal I brokered with him. I now own 55% of ARC
(My original 45% and Howard's previous 10%). What are you presently asking from me so I can get my
journal 100% back?
We do not agree that
Craig at this stage even had claim to 45% or Howard to
Craig Hassapakis then had a bogus board meeting, the ARC had a board and there are
no records of such a decision by this board. We believe Craig's board consisted of him and
Howard Clark even though the ARC had a proper board. A clear example of fraud. Craig
Hassapakis often presents his deceptions using the term "official" and continues the
practice today on his fraudulent website.
Craig Hassapakis - email 17/08/2013
Official notices will be posted and distributed through herpetological publications (FrogLog,
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, and others) online and in print of the official move of the
ARC website and editorship. These notices will also declare that Robert K. Browne of Belize (aka
Dr. Robert Browne [email protected] or to Isla Road,
Sarteneja, Corozal District, Belize) no longer is associated with the journal by official vote
of the board and that no papers and/or communication should be continued with the old
website at: www.redlist-ARC.org.
fact the "old website" and our netwrok were publishers of Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation journal and remain so, conditional to the ARC journal and affiliates being now common
From a business
perspective the ARC was a partnership that had no assets besides the website
that Dr. Robert Browne conceptualised, financed, developed and
published. On the 17/08/13 Dr. Robert Browne was publisher of Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation journal and Craig Hassapakis was an
confirmation see cover page of last ARC publication that Craig Hassapakis was involved in
that states that Dr. Robert Browne was publisher - Robert Browne, Internet Publisher; Craig
Hassapakis, Editor; Howard Clark, Producer "Published by: Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation, C/O Dr. Robert Browne, Isla Road, Sarteneja, Corozal District,
Craig then in late 2013 established the
fraudulent website www.reptile-amphibian-conservation.org
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal
becomes a truly international organisation
Consequently, Dr. Browne (current ARC International President) took management and
custodianship of the ARC as a failed partnership in respect to his contribution, his
copyright, and unpaid debts by Craig Hassapakis.
Dr. Robert Browne defended the principles of the
ARC, its responsibilities to authors, and distributed ownership among the current ARC global
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal established its first
Regional Chapter in
In consideration of the commitment of the ARC to globally network the
first Regional Chapter - Middle East was established in
Craig Hassapakis's Internet campaign of abuse toward the Amphibian
and Conservation journal and its President, Dr. Robert
Craig Hassapakis's efforts to illegally claim ownership of the Amphibian and
Reptile Conservation journal have often been directed as personal attacks on Dr. Robert
We have email documentation of
Craig Hassapakis's threat, which he has taken into action, of a trial of Dr. Robert Browne in the
"court of public opinion" and that Dr. Robert Browne would be "very, very sorry"
for not complying with Craig Hassapakis's threats.
"court of public opinion" approach of Craig Hassapakis is a threat to the scientific
profession and to civil society globally.
Craig Hassapakis's ethical standards in respect to claiming Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation journal have further extended to blackmail, perjury, and most recently jingoism
against Australians and herpetologists from the Middle Eastern Region.
Craig Hassapakis has no
respect for USA laws on copyright or perjury
A full 46% of websites from the
USA violate copyright and perjury is rarely prosecuted even with overwhelming evidence. USA
citizens like Craig Hassapakis take advantage of this legislative weakness.
On June 10th 2014 the
"Amphibian and Reptile Conservation organization" as an unspecified group issued a
Digital Millennium Copyright Act" notice against our web site. This DMCA was perjurious under USA
Federal Law as it stated that "ARC (Craig's fraudulent ARC) is the owner of the
content" of the Amphibian and Reptile Conservation organisation and www.redlist-arc.org website. see DMCA NOTICE
"I have a good faith belief the use of material in the
manner complained of is not authorized by the copyright owner, its
agent, or the law, and the information in this notification is accurate, and that statements made
herein are made under penalty of perjury."
We immediately issued a counter notice
and our website was validified and reinstated.
Criag's lies continue and his website 30/12/2004 states "In
addition, if an article or any of our content appears on another website and claims to be
Amphibian & Reptile Conservation, Amphibian and Reptile Conservation, or
ARC, it is fraudulent and in violation of international
In fact Craig Hassipakis and his "organisation' have been in violation of USA
and international law.
Hassapakis's scientific and
conservation jingoism is clearly a threat to herpetological
Craig Hassapakis in his desperation as his pile of
deception and fraud grows has now resorted to jingoism in undermining both herpetology in the
Middle East and Dr. Robert Browne.
Recently on Face book posts, Dr.
Robert Browne's professional integrity as a scientist is attacked through guilt by association with
an Australian herpetological publisher that Dr. Browne has no association with (Craig
Hassapakis's comment "also from Australia oddly enough, as is Robert K.
Hassipakis also misinformed a
prominent USA herpetologist as to the status of the first Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
Regional Chapter, the ARC-Middle East. Note that ARC Chapters are semi-autonomous and independently
The USA herpetologist, who we
regard as simply another person subject to Craig Hassapakis's deception and lies as published on
Craig Hassapakis's website, posted on Face book attacking the Middle East Chapter of Amphibian and
Reptile Conservation and incidentally Dr. Robert Browne. Dr. Robert Browne is not a principle of
the ARCME, although he is a board member, and has no claim of ownership of the
Besides many major inaccuracies
the post below clearly has the original ARC website and Craig Hassapakis's fraudulent website back
the front in terms or president "the two disassociated with
each other, and Browne began publishing his version of ARC separately from the original ARC (which
continues publication today under its original publisher Craig Hassapakis
"To add to the confusion, and to avoid a lawsuit (I
suppose) Browne now calls his publication ARC Middle East and Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation" is completely inaccurate as neither
the ARC or the ARCME are Dr. Browne's but clearly owned and published by their relative
We quote from this post
“To all Iranian herpetology researchers: I wish to call
your attention to a matter concerning Amphibian and Reptile Conservation (ARC). Currently two
separate journals are being published under the ARC title (Amphibian & Reptile Conservation
[the original journal] and Amphibian and Reptile Conservation [Robert Browne's ARC). The legitimate
ARC was originally founded by Craig Hassapakis in 1996. I encouraged Craig from the start as he
struggled on his own to establish a quality journal and I therefore helped him by volunteering to
be the guest editor for the Iran issue, during which time Robert Browne entered the picture.
Shortly thereafter, the two disassociated with each other, and Browne began publishing his version
of ARC separately from the original ARC (which continues publication today under its original
publisher Craig Hassapakis at .... To add to the confusion, and to avoid a lawsuit (I suppose)
Browne now calls his publication ARC Middle East and Amphibian and Reptile
Finally Craig Hassapakis ended a
Face book post with reference to Dr. Robert Browne as "This
is the most unethical thing a person can do in science is publish someone else’s hard gained
efforts as your own and has permanently alienated Robert from the field of respected herpetologist
in the field such as ...."
This is disingenuous and misleading as Craig Hassapakis is in fact the one publishing others hard
gained efforts as his own, and in any case in science the above ethics refers to scientific
works and plagiarism.
The future of Amphibian and Reptile Conservation
The future of Amphibian
and Reptile Conservation journal clearly consists of exposing Craig Hassapakis and
his supporters threat to global herpetological conservation, scientific integrity, and to
civil society globally.
Amphibian and Reptile Conservation journal has now
management strategy that includes common ownership of the ARC by our Regional
and Thematic Chapters, and extending the ARC into a truly globally
The Amphibian and Reptile
Conservation journal www.redlist-arc.org and its
chapters including the Middle East Chapter www.redlist-arcme.org will continue to promote global
networking of conservation herpetologists independent of personal, national or institutional
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