Harlequin Property CEO David Ames is alleging that Padcraig O’Halloran, Managing Director of the ICE Group, diverted “significant sums” of project funds to O’Halloran’s girlfriend.
According to the Irish news media, Harlequin’s star witness is Mr. O’Halloran’s former employee, “Trisha Young”… but a Miss “Trisha Devoni-Young”, a financial controller for Cable & Wireless, was once charged for theft and fraud.
Is this the “Trisha Young” that Harlequin is relying upon for evidence or is it another Trisha Young? Numerous anonymous emails to Barbados Free Press suggest that this is the same person. Are they correct?
The Irish Times says that Miss Young swore an affidavit stating that O’Halloran sent her an email confessing to the whole thing. O’Halloran says the email is a forgery.
Here is what the Irish Times says about Miss Young’s emails…
In an alleged e-mail to Ms Young of April 2009, Mr O’Halloran allegedly wrote: “I only ever ask for more money so I can send more to Suzanne. . . [Dave Ames] knows nothing. I have lied to him about the value of work, I have lied about being able to finish by July 2010. I don’t care. All I care about is Suzanne. She is my whole world. I have spent almost $1 million on the house in Barbados. I have sent so much money to Suzanne.”
In an affidavit, Mr O’Halloran, Gurland House, Sandy Lane, Barbados, said the allegations against him by Mr Ames and Ms Young are “unsubstantiated, untrue and highly prejudicial”.
He also said the e-mails allegedly sent by him were forgeries.
… from the Irish Times article Caribbean firms allege developer stole hotel funds
IF Harlequin’s star witness is the same person who was charged with fraud and theft as alleged by several BFP readers, the court may have to take a good look at her evidence and affidavit. I don’t know too much about emails or computer science, but IF the Young’s email is a forgery as Mr. O’Halloran claims and it can be proven through scientific analysis, we might expect some additional fireworks in this story!
So far the old-stream Barbados news media hasn’t touched this important court case, but in the last 24 hours Barbados Free Press has had thousands and thousands of interested visitors from all over the globe who are interested in the intrigue at Buccament Bay.
As we said in BFP’s earlier article about Buccament Bay..
“Sorry folks, but I love it when the Gulfstream crowd self-destructs via over-spending, over-indulging or that old standby, a femme fatale.”
Obviously many folks agree!
Here is the newspaper article that was sent to us by several readers. No one says when this alleged fraud against Cable & Wireless happened, where the article comes from, the date or the outcome. Can anyone assist?
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Fraud accused on $10,000 bail
A FINANCIAL CONTROLLER charged with theft and fraud was granted bail by District “A” Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Trisha Devoni-Young, 44 of No. 35, Ealing Park South, Christ Church, was not allowed to plead to stealing %,467, the proceeds of a Bank of Nova Scotia cheque, which belonged to Cable & Woreless, on June 15.
She was also charged that on June 27 she dishonestly obtained $10,000 from a Royal Bank of Canada account, which was maintained in the name of Cable & Wireless, by falsely representing that she was entitled to $16,447, knowing that she was entitled to only $6,447.
There was no objection to bail and Chief Magistrate Clyde Nicholls released her on a surety of $10,000. Devoni-Young returns to court on October 17.