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

Peterborough ET Censor Legitimate Comment….

Peterborough Evening TelegraphFollowers of this Blog will know that the Peterborough Evening Telegreph have continually been shamed for refusing to publish any news articles or stories which paint Darragh MacAnthony as anything less than a saint.  On March 30th they did publish a story about him refusing to pay rent for his soccer stadium, although not particularly negative it sparked an online debate on their comments section of the website which ran to 3 pages.

Posh Stadium

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The story began when MacAnthony, apparently, refused to pay £500,000 rent for the soccer stadium owned by Peterborough Council where Peterborough United play.  This outburst was reported when Phil Adlam, the press officer for Posh, tweeted from the meeting: “Darragh has said he is not going to pay anymore rent on the stadium. feels it is too much. conversation ongoing with the council.”  However, the flow of comments rapidly moved to the speculations about why he was making this stand.  Some speculated that he was looking for a way out of the club and could blame the council for their intransigence connected to the stadium.  Others speculated he had run out of money and others commented that he was appearing in court in Spain so was about to ‘do a runner….’  Interestingly many of the comments were complaining their comments had already been removed.

However, by April 2nd all the comments had all been removed from their website and no further comments were allowed.  It looks like a retrospective restriction on the Freedom of speech?  A favoured tactic of MacAnthony: kill any negative comment by threatening everybody with legal action and putting out his own bias press releases.  Why did Peterborough Evening Times remove the comments?
Could this be just another reason MacAnthony is not worthy of being a Soccer Chairman?
Censorship of the press, by whatever means, is a direct breach of the freedom of expression and speech, it makes people wonder who owns their papers and who owns the news… Does MacAnthony own this paper or has he some unhealthy hold over them?   It also appears that  their editor has no stomach for real stories or the truth and probably has no real reason to be an editor in the media format: could it now be time to retire and tend his garden.  Or has he just been bought?

An eagle eyed MRISG member noticed this:

MacAnthony later Tweeted: Darragh MacAnthony ‏@DMAC102
I have lot of time for Swanny but Im not happy with his employers for that crap in paper today & way it was put across etc.Bang out of order“.

If only the paper would publish the whole truth about this man and his supposed support of their soccer club…..  The supporters would be chanting in the streets for him to resign as Chairman.

Maybe MacAnthony will try and have this blog shut down too, for telling the truth….  Oh he has been trying for 3 years and failed…

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MRISG Members are Liars or Not?

MRISG

MRISG

Since May, 2009 the MRISG members and organisers have been intimidated, abused, spied upon, libeled and received legal threats from MacAnthony Realty International Directors and lawyers, Carter-Ruck. Although the Mirror BlogFinancial Mail, Olive Press, The Phoenix, The Times, Diarmaid Condon and Guardian/Observer have taken up the story, no one has yet done a full and in-depth investigation of MacAnthony’s collapsed empire.  Could it be that when they do report on MacAnthony’s past property empire, they automatically receive legal threats for libel from MacAnthony’s pet Lawyers, despite the lawyers being fully aware of the truth.  It is worth knowing that not one of his spurious complaints has ever going to court or gone further than those initial empty threats. This situation has perpetuated because of the stupidity of UK Libel law and greed where corrupt commercial ventures are allowed to use people like Carter-Ruck to intimidate their victims to keep the corruption about their clients from the public and where the rich can buy their own justice: the greedy lawyers are always found face down in the trough.  In the mean time MacAnthony has been free to pushes his own self publicity about his mediocre football team Peterborough United and his questionable charity work and self declaration to being an Entrepreneur and false Philanthropy.

Darragh MacAnthony

Darragh MacAnthony

The MRISG will soon expose the conspiracy of silence and inaction demonstrated by the UK Media and expose both Carter-Ruck and Darragh MacAnthony for their contempt for justice, truth and greed for money.  Yet you will not see published anywhere cases where MacAnthony has lost court cases in Bulgaria, UK and Spain….  You run a search and you would believe MacAnthony to be a ‘Saint’ but the truth is far more sinister where corruption, money, body guards and his ego are his gods.  The upcoming Court Case against MacAnthony and his Directors in Spain should reveal the depth of only part of the contempt and corporate corruption overseen by MacAnthony until December 2010.  Yet will the UK mainstream media finally do their own investigations and reveal the extent of  that corruption?

There are 1393 members of the Private Members Forum. Of those members over 700 have never posted their reasons for being on the forum so remain locked out of the main members area despite confirming on application to join the forum they are a victim of one or more of the MRI Group or Lawyers. These 700 members are  broken down into three main groups:-

  • those who are too frightened to speak up for fear of being intimidated by MacAnthony,
  • those who are there to support the MRISG, including law enforcement agencies and Lawyers from around the world, and of course
  • MacAnthony spies who have lied and hacked to get sight of the forum content to try and foil any legal action and to close the site down.

Of the 700 members who have been given full access to forum 143 have posted details of the sums of money lost having had dealings with MacAnthony’s treacherous group of companies and lawyers.  The amounts lost are worrying but are believed to be far less than the true total losses inflicted on victims:

From To Votes Min Loss Max Loss
500,000  1,000,000    0 0 0
250,000 499,999 1 250,000 499,999
150,000 249,999 6 900,000 1,499,994
100,000 149,999 8 800,000 1,199,992
50,000 99,999 62 3,100,000 6,199,938
25,000 49,999 62 1,550,000 3,099,938
10,000 24,999 23 230,000 574,977
0 9,999 20 0 199,980

Total Losses
6,830,000 13,274,818

143 People Voted meaning an Average loss of Between € 37,797.20 and € 73,355.64

Worldwide MacAnthony is suspected, by the MRISG, to have exploited tax law, company law, criminal law and civil law to maximize his wealth and victimise ‘customers‘ yet to this date he has refused to address his ‘customer’s‘ complaints but instead has threatened, abused and intimidated them both legally and otherwise.  Yet he continues to defy the truth and claims to be the victim of a smear campaign… by MRISG Members, this website and a Spanish Lawyer Antonio Flores.  If there are so few disgruntled victims why not settle.  The answer is believed to be two fold:-

  1. There are thousands of Victims and not a handful, and
  2. MacAnthony’s very own inflated Ego and self belief.

MRI Overseas International Ltd

MacAnthony the only reason this website exists is because you have failed to address your customers’ concerns in the beginning and through greed or utter arrogance or both you chose to attack those customers instead of dealing with the problems turning them into your victims.  Yet not once have you, your directors or lawyers contacted the Webmaster of this site to offer conciliation or commented on this blog to rebut any of the allegations.  Can readers assume you agree with the comment and content.

No CommentMacAnthony you can employ as many On-line Reputation Companies and lawyers you like but this forum and website will continue to report on your activities and expose you to the wider public for what you are.  The site is safe from your attacks despite being hacked  by your unscrupulous lawyers, On-line Reputation Companies and less savoury individuals.  You can employ as mane SEO companies as you like but this forum and website remains at the top of search engines and will remain there because real Web Developers and SEO experts have stepped forward and give their superior skills and services free because they feel that people like you should not be allowed to simply buy prominence and intimidate or abuse your victims.

The MRISG welcome your comments.

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