Throw away the key to Matt Ames’ cell… Wait a minute, let’s use it one more time!
Ruined lives, pensions destroyed, homes lost. Suicides. Marriage breakups. Families falling apart as the work of a lifetime vanishes.
That is the legacy of Harlequin’s Matthew Ames, who was just convicted of fraud for running a ponzi scheme. Ames took £1.2million from the rich, from the poor, from widows and pipefitters. He was an equal opportunity swindler who dressed well, talked with such easy confidence that people immediately trusted him.
His product was topical, sexy in its own way: carbon credits, green investments, Forestry for Life. And didn’t he drive a Lamborghini? Wasn’t he also part of the Harlequin Resorts team? Isn’t his father successful? Just look at the people Matt Ames is seen with: Jack Charlton, and even James Middleton – brother of our future Queen.
“Out of the £1.6m that was invested across both companies, only £250,000 was ever returned to investors.
“The rest went directly into the pocket of Matthew Ames, funding his profligate spending habits.”
Ames used people with “impressive CVs” to promote Forestry for Life and give it a sense of legitimacy.
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