UPDATED: The News retracts Harlequin story – says court case not finished!
St. Vincent & The Grenadines paper The News has retracted its original story that was the subject of our original article.
The News states:
No judgement yet in Buccama case
There has been no judgement yet in the case brought by Scotland resident Ana-Mendez-Canga against Buccament Bay Resort.
Last week’s report in The News – that there was a judgement in favour of Canga when the matter was heard before the Master – was incorrect. The News sincerely apologises for this error. A letter from lawyer Samuel Commissiong of the firm S.E. Commissiong & Co. Law Firm states that “No judgment was entered and could not have entered because a Defence and Counterclaim had been filed in the Suit, and of course an acknowledgement to the Claim was entered in Time.”
Several cases of similar claims are now before the court against the Resort and it’s understood there are some judgements and in others efforts are being made by the company to settle the claims.
Here is a copy of the original The News article:
Here is our original October 16, 2012 story…
Can Dave Ames pay the personal judgement?
Does he dare not to pay? How many others will follow?
The Eastern Caribbean Supreme Court awarded a huge victory to a Scottish resident, Ana Mendez-Canga. Mendez-Canga had sued Harlequin’s Dave Ames personally, as well as corporations Buccament Bay Resort Limited, Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited and UK based Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited for the return of her deposit.
The court ordered that Ames and his companies pay her claim over the failure of Ames and his companies to complete the Buccament Bay project and deliver as promised.
The court found that Ames misrepresented the completion date for Buccament Bay Resort as December 31, 2008. The judgement presumably is an important precedent for the many ‘investors’ who provided monies to Dave Ames and his companies throughout the world, but have yet to see their units constructed.
Is this the beginning of the collapse of the Ames’ pyramid of cards as some have predicted?
Stay tuned, folks!