MRISG Talk – EU & Google

MRISG Talk Continued….

censoredSome time ago MRI-SG wrote an article about how MRI, Dominic Pickering and Darragh MacAnthony were using their own people, media companies, lawyers, Carter Ruck and Bains Cohen and On-line Reputation Companies to limit what people found on the internet using a search engine.  Burying bad news about MRI and their lamentable behaviour to their Victims they referred to by them as customers.  The list of Search Engine spoiling carried out was on an almost industrial scale to prevent you finding the truth.

However, more recently the European court appear to have let the flood open gates for individuals have their history wiped or at least remain unlisted in their search results.  This came about from a Spanish citizen who objected to the input of their name returning a newspaper article detailing their bankruptcy some years before.

Now the big question….  Will Darragh MacAnthony, Dominic Pickering and their band of questionable directors now flood Google with requests that their involvement in one of Europe’s largest scams be removed?

This article by Danny Sullivan of Search Engine Land suggests that the request may well be allowed but weather the removal of links from Google‘s search results may not be what they will get.  The MRISG have directed Google to our own article published in 2011, MRISG Talk, and to MRI owes me money pages to have them attempt to remove spurious entries deliberately created to have MacAnthony & Co.’s pasts buried in a list of useless and pointless links.

Google-Logo-300x125Google have responded stating that the articles, websites and videos mainly breach their code and are indeed preventing meaningful search results.  However, when they have time to implement the weeding of the spoilers is anyone’s guess.

Google guidance also means that if they reject someone’s claim to have their history wiped it is upto the EU court to rule and not them, although outside Europe they will not be removed.  They also point out that any requests have to be for an individual and not a company unless requested by a serving director.  As all the MRI companies are now in liquidation there are no directors to make the claim for the links to be removed so no links about the company MRI Overseas Properties etc.. should ever be removed by them.  Also the fact that the MRI Directors are or were listed is a matter of public record so will not be removed by Google because they could be sued should someone end up losing money because Google blocked or failed to list pertinent public records.

I can see the lawyers all rubbing their hands in anticipation of getting very rich over this ruling.  I wonder if MacAnthony and Co. have already made their submissions to Google‘s take down notices.

Court quiz for soccer boss in fraud probe

Reported in the Herald.ie by Gerard Couzens

Thursday April 26 2012

Darragh MacAnthony

FOOTBALL boss Darragh MacAnthony faced a court grilling over claims his company swindled holiday home owners out of hundreds of thousands of euros.

The Dublin-born entrepreneur was quizzed for nearly two hours by a Spanish judge about his property empire and a furniture sales sideline.

Mr MacAnthony, once estimated to be worth €180m, was chaffeur-driven to the court in upmarket Marbella to answer allegations of “misappropriation of funds and theft by swindle.”

Dozens of ex-customers sparked the probe after complaining nearly €500,000 worth of furniture, ordered more than five years ago from his company for apartments in Morocco, Bulgaria and Cape Verde, was never delivered.

The Peterborough United chairman declined to comment as he left after the hearing behind closed doors and was driven away to the luxury hotel where he is staying in a €2,650-a-night private villa.

Four other business associates linked to his property firm MacAnthony Realty International were also questioned.

Investigating judge Beatriz Gomez-Escolar is probing allegations MacAnthony and his business associates misappropriated around €550,000 from 56 customers and stripped MRI of its assets before a de facto closing as part of an elaborate fraud involving the use of an OAP frontman.

The investigation into MRI’s business practices launched in January after a group of 51 buyers ratified an earlier claim that €492,000 of furniture they ordered for holiday homes was never delivered.

Five more people have since come forward to claim they were victims as well.

MRI has consistently denied any allegations of wrongdoing.

Mr MacAnthony, who has not been charged with any crime, has said in the past: “There are no foundations behind these allegations. I certainly didn’t do anything wrong and neither did anyone with MRI when I was there.”

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– Gerard Couzens

MacAnthony in court to answer charges

Reported on Real Estate Marbella APRIL 26, 2012

Darragh MacAnthony

Darragh MacAnthony, 36, has appeared in court in Marbella to explain what happened to money paid by customers of his overseas property company, MRI, for furniture packs that were never delivered.

MacAnthony is accused of accepting payments from MRI customers for furniture packages which the claimants say they didn’t receive.

Speaking in court yesterday the football chairman claimed the money was paid to furniture companies in Bulgaria and Turkey and that they are the ones who have failed to deliver. He added that he had paid money back to some clients out of his own pocket.

When asked about the company he claimed that MRI was legally wound up in 2010. However, Antonio Flores, from law firm Lawbird acting for the plaintiffs, said that Companies House shows it is still trading, and furthermore accounts for years 2009 and 2010 were submitted just one month ago, on March 29th, according to the registry.

Also in the dock, former MRI chief executive, Dominic Pickering said he was not a director of the company but was there to “sort out furniture problems” following MacAnthony’s departure from Spain in 2010. Pickering claimed he was paid up to €20,000 per month to deal with the problems which he said were “sorted in 99.9% of cases.” He also backed up MacAnthony’s claim that the money had in fact been paid to the furniture companies.

Fernando de Arespacochaga, 91, became the frontman of MRI following MacAnthony’s departure. He said he had been paid €600 per month by the MacAnthony’s to front the company. He claimed his nephew had convinced him to sign and he had done so “in good faith”. He added that he, and his company, are insolvent.

Over 40 plaintiffs are claiming over 600,000 has been paid to MRI to furnish properties they had also purchased through the company.

Darragh left court refusing to comment.

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