Peterborough United boss faces fraud charges in Spain

APRIL 25, 2012  • Olive Press

By Wendy Williams

DARRAGH MACANTHONY APPEARED IN COURT IN SPAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME PHOTOS COPYRIGHT OF THE OLIVE PRESS

The disgraced property mogul is accused of taking tens of thousands of euros off nearly 50 British and Irish victims for furniture packs that never arrived.

The Irish football mogul was grilled by the judge in Marbella for two hours behind closed doors.

Arriving in a white Range Rover with two men, it is the first time the football boss has faced the music in Spain.

DARRAGH MACANTHONY APPEARED IN COURT IN SPAIN FOR THE FIRST TIME PHOTOS COPYRIGHT OF THE OLIVE PRESS

He was joined by his former chief executive Dominic Pickering, Sarah O’Callaghan, and Nicola Shaw, a former director of MRI Ireland.

Meanwhile, 90-year-old Fernando Arespacochaga, whose Peruvian company Inmobiliaria Vasco Peruana SAC took over MRI Overseas Property Group in 2010, also travelled over for the hearing.

None of the accused, who have continually denied the allegations, would speak with reporters.

“I’m sure you are a lovely lady but I am not speaking to you,” said MacAnthony.

MacAnthony Exits Court

It comes three months after over 40 victims travelled to Marbella to tell a judge how the football boss’ company MacAnthony Realty International (MRI) failed to deliver over half a million euros of furniture to them between 2005 and 2010.

MRI – which boasted an annual turnover of more than 100m euros before the crisis – developed resorts in several countries from its main base in Marbella, from where it sold the furniture packs.

The alleged victims – who filed a claim in Madrid in June last year – accuse MacAnthony, 35, of keeping 600,000 euros which they collectively paid for furniture packages for homes in Bulgaria, Turkey, and Morocco.

Meanwhile, Antonio Flores, the Spanish lawyer acting for the group, claims ‘many other’ customers are also affected and due to file further claims.

“The missing furniture is just one of the irregularities linked to the company,” he said.

Flores insisted an additional claim, totalling 15m euros, is being prepared on behalf of up to 200 British and Irish MRI customers claiming they lost large sums in upfront fees.

“Today was just the first step. The courts were gathering information and just listening to what everyone has to say before they decide how to proceed further,” said Flores.

“There is also another claim that will be made in the not too distant future that is substantial.”

Original Story on Olive Press

Darragh MacAnthony in court over MRI claims

BY ANDREW PENMAN ON APRIL 25, 2012 11:00 PM

Holiday property mogul Darragh MacAnthony appeared in a Spanish court yesterday to answer charges that he never delivered furniture packs worth £400,000 to 51 customers.

The 36-year-old Irish multi-millionaire and chairman of Peterborough United was summonsed by the Marbella criminal court after the customers filed a complaint against him and his company, MacAnthony Realty International.

Lawyer Antonio Flores said the company had acted “in a disgraceful manner”, adding: “They never filed for insolvency in Spain. They simply disappeared.”

Records show that the former holiday home giant moved its registered premises to a ghost office in Madrid where it was placed under the management of a non-trading Peruvian company run by a 90-year-old man.

MacAnthony denies the accusations and has blamed the credit crunch, which forced several of MRI’s furniture suppliers to fold, and has called the legal action as a “ridiculous suit”.

The Spanish judge will decide whether MacAnthony and the five other defendants should face the charges of “misappropriation of funds and theft by swindle”.

Original Report

Damages for Italian holiday home fraud victims

Reported by BBC Ireland

20 April 2012 Last updated at 13:03

JusticeThree NI families who bought holiday homes which were never built, have been awarded damages against an Italian lawyer.

Gabriele Giambrone did the conveyancing work on the sale of apartments in Calabria in southern Italy.

The families paid deposits five years ago, but then discovered that the land where the apartments were to be built was earmarked for agriculture.

Mr Giambrone settled the case at the High Court in Belfast on Friday.

Sharon and George Moore won £77,105, Robert Crawford won £64,137, and Joseph and Patricia Plant won £75,600.

Another 12 people from Northern Ireland who bought property in the same development in Calabria are also suing Mr Giambrone.

The lawyer is also facing legal action from another 50 families from Northern Ireland who were sold holiday homes elsewhere in Italy.


MRISG Comment:

  • It appears that one way forward for Victims of MRI Realty International is to sue the lawyers who collaborated with MRI and Developers….  Look out Martinez EnhevarriaEmily Lemoniati and others who conspired with Darragh MacAnthony. It is worthy of notice MacAnthony has now folded most of his international web of MRI companies and is now the Chairman of Peterborough Football Club.
  • Comment on the Private MRISG Members Only Forum: “We will not rest until justice is done.”  The MRISG researchers believe that the whole MRI scam could amount to damages to victims of over 100 million Euros.
  • Despite MacAnthony’s robust denials on his personal blog, MRI Directors, MacAnthony, Pickering, Fernando, Shaw, OCallahan & Liggan have been ordered to appear before a Judge in Marbella this coming week – Read More…

 

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