Harlequin – Dave Ames serves WordPress with court subpoena about Barbados Free Press

UPDATED April 30, 2014: PDF of Court Document Posted Below

Dave Ames Harlequin Ponzi

Harlequin / Ames alleges defamation by commenters?

Dear Barbados Free Press readers,

Here is what we know so far…

Today some anonymous person posted the following as a comment on Barbados Free Press.

IF the posting is for true, then Harlequin, David Ames and Carol Ames served some court papers on Automattic Inc. (otherwise known as WordPress) in San Francisco USA, demanding that WordPress produce the IP numbers and email addresses for persons who posted some comments about Harlequin on Barbados Free Press. According to the court papers, it is not BFP who is being served or sued, but our internet host WordPress.com.

We at BFP have not looked at the comments, but they are listed in the court papers printed below. It looks to us like what was posted as a comment contains errors of the type that come when a paper page is scanned and converted to a Word file.

We expect that WordPress will vigorously defend free speech – because, aside from free speech and human rights, if they don’t defend free speech, their business model collapses.

PDF of Court Document: Harlequin Court Document 2014_04_21

Here is what was originally posted as a comment on BFP…

The following is the Ames application for the IP addresses of those posters Ames feels may have defamed him,

SUBP-002
ATTORNEY OR PARTY WITHOUT ATTORNEY (Name, State Bar number, and address):
Timothy B. Broderick (97082), Katrina M. Saleen (253706)
Broderick Saleen, 2600 El Camino Real, Ste. 506, Palo Alto, CA 94306
TELEPHONE NO.: (650) 857 9000 FAX NO.: (650) 857 1100
E-MAIL ADDRESS:
ATTORNEY FOR (Name): Dave Ames: Carol Ames• Harlequin FOR COURT USE ONLY 
NAME oF couRT Superior Court of California, San Francisco
sTREET ADDREss 400 McAllister Street
MAILING ADDREss 400 McAllister Street
CITY AND ZIP coDE San Francisco, CA 94102
BR ANCH NAME:
PLAINTIFF/ PETITIONER: Dave Ames; Carol Ames; Harlequin

DEFENDANT/ RESPONDENT: Does 1-50, inclusive
CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things at Trial or Hearing and DECLARATION CASE NUMBER:
Cc -1′-f- 53 ’6<oSo
THE PEOPLE OF THE STATE OF CALIFORNIA, TO (name, address, and telephone number of witness, if known):

Paul Sieminski, Automattic, Inc., dba WordPress, 132 Hawthorne Street, San Francisco, CA 94107
1. YOU ARE ORDERED TO APPEAR AS A WITNESS in this action at the date, time, and place shown in the box below UNLESS your appearance is excused as indicated in box 3b below or you make an agreement with the person named in item 4 below.

a. Date: May 23, 2014
b. Address:

Time: 10:00 am D Dept.: D Div.: D Room:

2. IF YOU HAVE BEEN SERVED WITH THIS SUBPOENA AS A CUSTODIAN OF CONSUMER OR EMPLOYEE RECORDS UNDER CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 1985.3 OR 1985.6 AND A MOTION TO QUASH OR AN OBJECTION HAS BEEN SERVED ON YOU, A COURT ORDER OR AGREEMENT OF THE PARTIES, WITNESSES, AND CONSUMER OR EMPLOYEE AFFECTED MUST BE OBTAINED BEFORE YOU ARE REQUIRED TO PRODUCE CONSUMER OR EMPLOYEE RECORDS.
3. YOU ARE (item a orb must be checked):
a. D Ordered to appear in person and to produce the records described in the declaration on page two or the attached
declaration or affidavit. The personal attendance of the custodian or other qualified witness and the production of the original records are required by this subpoena. The procedure authorized by Evidence Code sections 1560(b), 1561, and
1562 will not be deemed sufficient compliance with this subpoena.
b. W Not required to appear in person if you produce (i) the records described in the declaration on page two or the attached
declaration or affidavit and (ii) a completed declaration of custodian of records in compliance with Evidence Code sections
1560, 1561, 1562, and 1271. ( 1) Place a copy of the records in an envelope (or other wrapper). Enclose the original declaration of the custodian with the records. Seal the envelope. (2) Attach a copy of this subpoena to the envelope or write on the envelope the case name and number; your name; and the date, time, and place from item 1 in the box above. (3) Place this first envelope in an outer envelope, seal it, and mail it to the clerk of the court at the address in item 1.
(4) Mail a copy of your declaration to the attorney or party listed at the top of this form.
4. IF YOU HAVE ANY QUESTIONS ABOUT THE TIME OR DATE YOU ARE TO APPEAR, OR IF YOU WANT TO BE CERTAIN THAT YOUR PRESENCE IS REQUIRED, CONTACT THE FOLLOWING PERSON BEFORE THE DATE ON WHICH YOU ARE TO APPEAR:
a. Name of subpoenaing party or attorney: Timothy B. Broderick b. Telephone number: (650) 857-9000
5. Witness Fees: You are entitled to witness fees and mileage actually traveled both ways, as provided by law, if you request them at the time of service. You may request them before your scheduled appearance from the person named in item 4.
DISOBEDIENCE OF THIS SUBPOENA MAY BE PUNISHED AS CONTEMPT BY THIS COURT. YOU WILL ALSO BE LIABLE FOR THE SUM OF FIVE HUNDRED DOLLARS AND ALL DAMAGES RESULTING FROM YOUR FAILURE TO OBEY.
Date issued: April f 5, 2014
Timothy B. Broderick
(TYPE OR PRINT NAME) (SIGNATURE OF PERSON ISSUING SUBPOENA)
Attorney for Plaintiffs
(Declaration in support of subpoena on reverse) (TITLE) Page 1 of 3

Fonn Adopted for Mandatory Use
Judicial Council of California
SUBP-002 (Rev. January 1, 2012]

CIVIL SUBPOENA (DUCES TECUM) for Personal Appearance and Production of Documents, Electronically Stored Information, and Things at Trial or Hearing and DECLARATION

Code of Civil Procedure,
§ 1985 et seq.
http://www.courts.ca .gov

For each of the user names listed in (a) through (t) below, PRODUCE the USER INFORMATION for the user names listed below who commented on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” (https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/). For the purposes of this subpoena, “PRODUCE” means to produce all writings and/or electronic records ofthe WordPress user name that includes the USER INFORMATION. [For the purposes of this subpoena, “USER INFORMATION” includes, but is not necessary limited to the following enumerated items 1 through 9:

1 . Any and all name(s) for any and all WordPress user name(s) who posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the user names listed below;
2. Any and all email addresses for any and all WordPress user name (s) who posted on the
WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the user names listed below;
3. Any and all mail addresses for any and all WordPress user name (s) who posted on the
WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the user names listed below;
4. Any and all phone numbers for any and all WordPress user name (s) who posted on the
WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the user names listed below;
5. Records revealing the IP address and/or MAC address of the server and/or computer from which comments were posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” ofthe user names listed below;
6. Records revealing the IP address and/or MAC address of the server and/or computer from
which the users who posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the profile names below logged in;
7. Records revealing the location of the server and/or computer from which the users who
posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the profile names below have logged m;
8. Records revealing the location of the server and/or computer from which the comments from
the profile names who posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” were sent;
9. Any other records which could reveal the location and/or identities ofthe users who posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” of the user names listed below.]

PRODUCE the USER INFORMATION for the following user names:

a) “The View From Mount Pleasant” who made the following comment:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01125/uks-serious-fraud-squad­
investigating-harlequin-any-information-welcome/#comment-1541589

b) “worriedinvestor” who made the following comment:
i) https:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01 /25/uks-serious-fraud-squad­
investigating-harlequin-any-information-welcome/#comment-1540382

c) “Anon” who made the following comment:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2014/01 /25/uks-serious-fraud-squad­
investigating-harleguin-any-information-welcome/#comment-1540238

d) “Anonymous” who made the following comment:
i) http:/lbarbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1472096

e) “Anonymous” who made the following comment:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padrai g-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1471570

f) “gareths fan club” who made the following comment:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress. wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1468308

g) “it really is game over— it really is!!” who made the following comments:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1463914
ii) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1463671

h) “Anon- reasons unknown” who made the following comments:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1462033
ii) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1450039
iii) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1448112

i) “relax you are on holiday” who made the following comments:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsui t-against­
padrai g-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1461205
ii) http:/lbarbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1460338
iii) http:/lbarbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1455507

j) “Ralph” who made the following comments:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padrai g-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1459766
ii) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1459106
iii) http://barbadosfreepress. wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsui t-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1459201
iv) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1447778

k) “One big Fraud- fdnrrn is up to his neck” who made the following comment:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#commcnt-
1454325

l) “One big Fraud” who made the following comment:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress. wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1454306

m) “239” who made the following comments:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1451810
ii) https:// barbadosfreepress.word press.com /2013/07/30/harl equin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1437087

n) “HP..very clever scam” who made the following comment:
i) http:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1451897

o) “Conned” who made the following comment:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1449835

p) “156” who made the following comment:
i) http:l/barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wi ns-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1450014

q) “80” who made the following comments:
i) https://barbadosfreepress. wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harleq uin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1448933
ii) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harleguin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-Ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1449327
iii) https://bar badosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harleguin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1448310
iv) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-1awsuit-against­
padraig-oha1loran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1448579
v) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/har1eguin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1447744
vi) https:// barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1437399

r) “Anon73” who made the following comment:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1448023

s) “Anonymous” who made the following comment:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1443136

t) “Anon” who made the following comments:
i) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/har1eguin-wins-1awsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1441183
ii) https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.com/2013/07/30/harlequin-wins-lawsuit-against­
padraig-ohalloran-by-proving-dave-ames-is-unfit-to-manage-your-money/#comment-
1441279

Unidentified persons posted on the WordPress blog “Barbados Free Press” (https://barbadosfreepress.wordpress.comD using the aliases, “relax you are on holiday,” “Ralph,” “One big Fraud- fdnrm is up to his neck,” “One big Fraud,” “239,” “HP..very clever scam,” “Anon- reasons unknown,” “Conned,” “156,” “80,” “anon73,” “The View From Mount Pleasant,” “worriedinvestor,” “it really is game over—it really is,” “gareths fan club,” “Anon,” and “Anonymous” to post defamatory comments about the Plaintiffs on pages that were seen and read by other WordPress users and readers of WordPress blogs. Plaintiffs need to obtain the identity of the persons who created and/or used these aliases so that Plaintiffs can protect their legal rights and pursue their defamation and related legal claims

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390 responses to “Harlequin – Dave Ames serves WordPress with court subpoena about Barbados Free Press

  1. Kavalkade Krew

    Why are all the comments they are after not visible on your blog?

  2. ANONYMOUS

    bfp please provide us with a contact email and we will furnish you with the original document. Keep up the good work.

  3. Anonymous

    Check out broadericklaw.com Looks to me like sexual harassment is
    their field of choice. Their Martindale-Hubbell entries have me wondering
    just what kind of law firm they are. Keep up the good work BFP.
    In all reality you are the messenger and not the message………..

  4. PLANTATION DEEDS FROM 1926 TO 2014 , MASSIVE FRAUD ,LAND TAX BILLS AND NO DEEDS OF BARBADOS, BLPand DLP=Massive Fruad

    They need to build buildings and houses ,for then there would be not paper work nor court, Liars to their word so far , Do what you took peoples money for and stop the long talk and time wasted,Oh We see , as long its in court you dont have to build nothing , as cost for building goes up everyday,

  5. BARBADOS TRIPADVISOR.COM

    man they sure got something to hide.blasted criminals.

  6. robert ross

    Is it just possible that the law of defamation might extend to blogs?

  7. Robert Storey

    @Anon RU tick tock

  8. BBaywatch

    The words pot, kettle and black spring to mind. Presumably if ordered to surrender the information requested, then a similar request to obtain the identities of those who have posted obscene, racist and other actionable material would not be denied?

  9. Hpothesis

    A purely Hypothetical Question, What if WordPress were to obtain due diligence documents, produced by a law firm and what if, just if there happened to be, differing or contradictory due diligence documents, not that I am suggesting for one moment that any company would deliberately or inadvertently produce documentation which could prove to be most interesting when taken in the context of there being potential conflicting information being out there.

    But would that not assist WordPress in preventing the release of information based on the fact that there may be some truth in what was alleged to be defamatory. And therefore a potential defence.

    Of course this is totally hypothetical, given that companies in the main tend never to seek to mislead its customers or clients.

    Indeed if any company was suspected of misleading a huge amount of investors one would expect that the company in question would be the subject of an investigation possibly even a criminal investigation.

    And what if hypothetically of course, those seeking the release of the information discovered that those who’s information was sought also sought similar recourse, and it was subsequently discovered that those seeking compensation were indeed in some way guilty in their own right of engaging in the same activities that they were originally seeking compensation for.

    Now that would be truly bizarre. It would be akin to someone stating that they do not, nor ever have engaged in trial by media whilst at the same time providing the media with their version of events.

  10. Hpothesis

    Of course all the above is purely hypothetical. After all If one suspected that information or due diligence being provided might just be incorrect or worse false or potentially fraudulent and the intention was to help convince those receiving the information to make very important financial decisions, one would expect those responsible for providing the suspect information to use all methods available to them to close off all avenues where the potential conflicts could be high lighted, this could include of course initiating legal proceedings against web based hosts, or possibly forcing individuals to sign arbitrary Non Disclosure Agreements NDA’s, you could even go as far as to state that specialist covert software tracking was being used to identify where someone downloaded particular documents and that these downloaded documents could somehow be traced back to the person who downloaded them.

    But of course this is hypothetical and is something one would find in a Bond type Movie or Mission Impossible.

    If individuals want to obtain due diligence on a particular matter, then the easiest way is to engage or appoint a solicitor on their behalf, thus making the individuals clients. Uk Solicitors for example will understand that if acting for clients, the solicitor cannot be bound by an NDA with respect to the information he or she has been tasked and indeed instructed by his or her clients to obtain.

    In the UK it is an offence for a solicitor to with hold information from clients which could be prejudicial to their decision making process, so I doubt you will find any reputable solicitors in the UK who would engage in such practices, I do not know the law as it pertains to the Caribbean but would expect that all solicitors would act in the interests of their clients.

  11. robert ross

    Yes…interesting times.

  12. Anonymous

    Man, oh man! – This is getting crazy. In a US Court of Law I believe that
    HD would have to prove whatever they object to was incorrect. To do
    that won’t they have to prove that all monies were appropriately used
    in the building of contracted properties. THIS THEY CANNOT DO…
    even the Irish judge said as much.

  13. BFP

    I notice that the way the document is worded, Harlequin is asking WordPress to provide all ‘anonymous’ comments!!!

    There is no way that WordPress will not object to that!!!

    BFP Robert

  14. Anonymous

    Hi Robert, I suppose Mr and Mrs Ames must be very comfortable with the fact that they have done nothing wrong and feel justified by their actions,

    Is it not time the SFO also stopped this witch hunt. ???

  15. Anonymous

    Quote “We think the right response to bad or offensive ideas is to
    speak out against them, not to censor them…”
    from: wordpress.com/freed-of-speech

  16. Anonymous

    If WordPress require any documents pertaining to Harlequin I am sure these could be arranged? It will be even more interesting to compare the documents being released as part of the due diligence with documents others might hold.

    The Ames family are seeking justice, so why not all support this justice being sought. And what better way then by providing WordPress with the necessary documentation,

    Just a thought.

  17. Anonymous

    Since I am not an “investor” in HD and will not be privy to the DD that
    RL has prepared I urgently encourage those that are to demand of RL
    that the insurability of Buccament Bay be addressed. It would behoove
    all “investors” to read the article posted by Peter Binose on BFP this
    afternoon. You can damn-sure be certain that any outside finance will.

  18. Thoughts about the bible, sin and adultery

    Anonymous said “The Ames family are seeking justice, so why not all support this justice being sought. And what better way then by providing WordPress with the necessary documentation,”

    The answer is that short of a criminal act WordPress should not give up the details on anyone who someone “feels” has offended them through anonymous comments. Let Ames and company prove that crimes have been committed before destroying free speech. Where does it stop? Should WordPress surrender the names and information of Chinese or Iranian dissidents simply because someone demands the information?

    In the USA Obama’s IRS and FBI have been used to target political opponents of the Democrats. WordPress should never surrender without a big fight and a trial to judge if a crime has been committed against US law: not Chinese law, not SVG law, not UK law.

    God Bless WordPress for giving a voice to the oppressed!

  19. Litigation

    Scenario, you are, lets just say vertically challenged, in your lets say early to mid sixties and you are walking along the road with your wife who is of a similar age, but dresses as if she is 22. Lets say she looks a lot older then she is.

    Ok lets say your son was a bit of a tearaway, and sold things he did not own. And lets just say he was jailed for this. Lets say you were bankrupt once………. no lets say twice………..

    And lets say you also sold things, lets say I bought something off you which I find out later you did not own.

    And lets say I asked you for my money back. And lets say you said no for whatever reason.

    Lets say I was Naive when I gave you the money.

    And lets say I joined a group of people and lets say I took you to court.

    And lets say you made up documents to make it look like you had more money then you did.

    And lets say you were trading insolvently, lets say you could not pay your debts as they fell due.

    And lets just say you kept telling the world that you were about to meet a man with a big bag of money.

    and lets just say you told me you could not pay my bank interest because of a bank glitch. And lets just say you lied about this because the real reason is you had no money.

    And lets say you forgot things, and lets say I reminded you about lets call it money you forgot about, and lets say you remembered after I reminded you.

    And then lets say you told people you owned lets say some land, and lets say you forgot about some court cases which affected the land and lets say I reminded you.

    Lets say I believed you were a thief and a liar and lets say I could prove you were a liar.

    Can I come on here and call you a vertically challenged piece of shit who’s wife resembles an ageing crack whore and who’s son is a scum bag who preyed on the naive individuals just like you,

    Or do I have to accept that you are an innocent victim of circumstance, possibly suffering from memory loss, and there fore I must lick my wounds, roll over and have my tummy tickled by you.

  20. ANONYMOUS

    Robert BFP please see the latest email from Chairman Ames ref the current litigation he claims is against BFP.

    Subject: Chairman’s Update, 28th April 2014

    *Update: Barbados Free Press*

    Dear All,

    Following rumours and reports made online in the last 24 hours, we wish to
    confirm that Harlequin is indeed taking legal action against the anonymous
    blogging website, Barbados Free Press.

    As many of you will be aware, this website has been used as a platform for
    spreading libellous accusations, disinformation and rumours, both through
    its articles and comments by readers. In fact, some of these comments
    resemble content from the now defunct Harlecon website, which, as you will
    recall, was brought down and its once anonymous author, Jeremy Newman,
    subsequently apologised in an out-of-court settlement.

    Harlecon caused considerable harm to the business and we cannot allow
    anonymous commenters on Barbados Free Press to attempt to do the same at such a crucial stage of Harlequin’s restructuring process. This is why a firm of American lawyers have been instructed by us to commence legal action against WordPress, the host of the blog, to supply the IP and email addresses of the people who have posted libellous comments.

    Once we have this information, we will take the appropriate action to
    defend Harlequin’s and our investors’ interests.

    Over the last few years, Harlequin has ridden storms largely instigated by
    anonymous campaigns against the various companies and employees, which is why we cannot allow a handful of devoted anonymous commenters to attempt to cause further harm to the business when so much good work is being done and excellent progress being made to secure the future of Harlequin.

    Please be assured that this legal action will not distract nor detract from
    establishing the Trust, attracting funding to re-start development,
    operating successful hotels, and proceeding with completions to realise
    your investments. However, this action is of comparable importance because it will help to expose those fighting against all of our interests and
    discourage others from attempting the same.

    We are committed to keeping all investors updated.

    Best regards,

    Harlequin

  21. ANONYMOUS

    Harlequin is turning the business around….

    with several multi million pound litigations,

    a desperate attempt to form a trust to save the so-called business,

    dozens of judgements against him, judgements registered against the 19.05 acres at Buccament Bay

    and an SFO investigation underway.

    Now that’s what I call a revival.

  22. Yatinkiteasy

    Looking at the WordPress.com website provides a possible answer to the outcome of this subpoena…I`ll let readers draw their own conclusions.

    “Who Is Liable for Blogs Hosted on WordPress.com?

    WordPress.com is located in the United States, as are all of our servers. We will respond only in compliance with US law and in reply to valid legal process as stated in our policies.

    WordPress.com, as a United States-based internet service provider, is protected by the safe harbor provisions of §230(c) of the United States Communications Decency Act, which states that internet service providers cannot be held liable for the contents (including allegedly harassing, defamatory, inaccurate, or offensive content) posted to our service by our users.

    WordPress.com does not and will not exercise editorial oversight on the millions of blogs hosted on our service, nor are we considered the author, editor, or publisher of that content in any way.”

  23. Anonymous

    Good point Yatink… I certainly consider myself the author of
    everything that I have posted.

  24. St George's Dragon

    A quick trawl through some information on internet defamation by a non-lawyer:
    1. “…… for American webmasters Congress saw fit to create Section 230 of the Communications Decency Act, or “CDA,” which creates a defense in certain circumstances to people who provide electronic information services such as websites, and who permit access to published defamatory content, but who do not assist in publishing that content.
    The relevant words of the CDA which help to protect webmasters and others from the words of another person are, “No provider or user of an interactive computer service shall be treated as the publisher or speaker of any information provided by another information content provider.””
    BFP is hopefully not classed as a publisher of the information.
    2. “Before an Internet Service Provider (ISP) or site will be forced to give up information about an anonymous person, most states follow what is known as the Cahill test first spelled out in the Delaware case of Doe v. Cahill. The Cahill test requires a plaintiff, suing for defamation, to make a prima fascia (sic) case of defamation to find out the identity from an internet service provider. In other words if your case is no good and you don’t really have a defamation claim, some judges won’t let you get information from ISP’s or websites.
    Once a court decides the plaintiff has enough facts to make an initial showing of a defamation claim and can present facts that may defeat various First Amendment defenses, many courts will require the ISP or website to release the name if anyone fights it.”
    3. “To win damages in a libel case, the plaintiff must first show that the statements were “statements of fact or mixed statements of opinion and fact” and second that these statements were false. Conversely, a typical defense to defamation is that the statements are opinion. One of the major tests to distinguish whether a statement is fact or opinion is whether the statement can be proved true or false in a court of law. If the statement can be proved true or false, then, on that basis, the case will be heard by a jury to determine whether it is true or false. If the statement cannot be proved true or false, the court may dismiss the libel case without it ever going to a jury to find facts in the case.”
    In my opinion, this seems sensible.

  25. Anonymous

    Again our offer stands to BFP and or WordPress, if they require any documentation to prove that Ames and or his legal advisors have mislead investors please contact us or provide a mechanism where we can provide a number of documents to support our statements.

    Ames is merely seeking information from the ISP’s in the US in order to take his action in the UK. A visit to the RL forum will demonstrate the absolute anger being demonstrated by his investors towards him and his management of the crisis Harlequin find them selves in. If it was a real company he would have either resigned voluntarily or been forced to resign.

  26. Anonymous

    SGD – As an American I have to agree with everything you just wrote.
    Some things have disappeared from months ago; however it appears to
    me that the identity of posters in the action by “Broderick etc” were those
    that were ad infinitum accused of being O’Paidrig. Could all this
    nonsense be a pre-emptive strike as a defense against the Irish appeal?
    It is apparent to me that Mr and Mrs Ames are somewhat desperate.

  27. Anonymous

    SGD – In reference to paragraph 2: It is my understanding that Ames
    would have to prove the post was slanderous –how can he do that
    without producing audited accounts? In many ways it appears to
    me that Ames (by this action) has check-mated himself.

  28. Anonymous

    Ames is on a personal vendetta against a number of individuals who are witnesses in the SFO investigation and I am one of those, and I will gladly substantiate my allegations that Ames is not only a liar but has mislead investors for financial gain, hence I am a witness for the SFO and I am more than willing to share the evidence I have with WordPress in the US if required,

    I have not taken the production of my witness statement to the SFO lightly and will continue to press them into taking appropriate action against Ames.

    Ames is using this litigation as a PR stunt to paint himself as a victim in a vein attempt to persuade the authorities and his purchasers ( the word investors gives a totally different meaning to what the purchasers are) that he is a victim of a massive conspiracy,

    Ames claims he is doing this in the interests of justice, I claim that Ames is abusing the system of justice originally designed to protect us.

    How many successful business men remain perpetually engaged in litigation, I fondly remember one of Ames’s first victories against the Guardian Newspaper and it’s Article on the Merricks resort in Barbados, back in 2009, well little has changed since then and the journalists article turned out to be true, yet at the time Ames won the case.

  29. St George's Dragon

    @ Anonymous
    “It is my understanding that Ames would have to prove the post was slanderous …”
    From commentary on Doe v Cahill:
    “Accordingly, the Supreme Court adopted a standard “that appropriately balances one person’s right to speak anonymously against another person’s right to protect his reputation.”
    The Court held that before a defamation plaintiff can obtain the identity of an anonymous defendant through the compulsory discovery process, he must come forth with facts sufficient to defeat a summary judgment motion. Said another way, before a Delaware court will order an anonymous speaker to be unmasked, the plaintiff has to present evidence creating a genuine issue of material fact for each element of the defamation claim.
    Applying that standard to the present case, the court held that “no reasonable person could have interpreted [Doe’s] statements to be anything other than opinion.” The court observed that its conclusion was supported by the “unreliable nature of assertions posted in chat rooms and on blogs.” The case was dismissed.”

  30. Anonymous

    And a Message to Mr and Mrs Ames, you both understand the deal that was struck with respect to Harlecon and in the same way you state you settled the action, no one ever apologised for the content, merely apologising for your interpretation of the defence papers filed in the case and well you both know this, BFP please contact us and we will send you all the public court documents in relation to the case, and feel free to publish them, it makes for very interesting reading indeed,

    It is time to knock this nonsense on the head, we also recommend BFP to forward these documents onto WordPress.

  31. St George's Dragon

    So it looks as though to get the details of the anonymous bloggers, the Court would need to see evidence in respect of each element of a defamation claim.
    The subpoena is general. I see no evidence of a detailed defamation case. I see no prima facie case. So is this just a fishing expedition?
    Where are the lawyers? Cassandra – we need you to comment.

  32. BBaywatch

    The UK Defamation Law has been changed and is now in effect. Here are six key points relating to the changes in law (courtesy of Press Gazette) Quite what effect this would have had if it had been in force when past cases came before the courts is speculative, but it does seem that there would be a greater burden of proof on the part of the Plaintiff to show that the comments caused actual and quantifiable harm.

    1 – The serious harm test

    Someone bringing a libel action will now have to prove that the statement caused, or was likely to cause, serious harm to their reputation.

    This will probably have limited effect. Most people who start libel actions do so because a statement did cause them serious harm.

    It is difficult to find a recent libel case that would have failed if the new law had been in force.

    However:

    There should be fewer trivial, time-consuming complaints that usually go nowhere
    Fewer cases will go to court
    Libel actions against web-only publications are likely to fail if the page did not attract many clicks.
    2 – Taking care of business

    Businesses can now sue only if a statement caused, or was likely to cause, serious financial loss.

    They will probably have to provide documentary evidence, but not to the extent of producing profit and loss accounts.

    3 – The public interest

    The Reynolds public interest journalism defence has been abolished and replaced by the public interest defence.

    Editors can use the defence if they can prove:

    The statement complained of was, or formed part of, a statement on a matter of public interest, and
    they reasonably believed that publishing the statement complained of was in the public interest.
    Judges will probably produce a slightly less rigid version of the Ten Steps of Responsible Journalism used in Reynolds. So, little will change.

    Editors wanting to use the defence will still have to establish that copy is balanced and neutral and that thorough steps were taken to verify the facts.

    4 – More Privilege

    Privileged material which is protected from defamation actions is now extended to cover:

    peer-reviewed statements in scientific and academic journals subject to the usual five conditions set out in the Defamation Act 1996
    reports of scientific and academic conferences and related documents
    articles based on information provided by public companies and at press conferences
    reports of proceedings of government from anywhere in the world, international conferences and international court proceedings.
    5 – Single publication rule

    The one-year time limit for starting web libel actions now starts when an article is first published online.

    It does not re-start every time an article is viewed, or downloaded, as has been the case up to now.

    6 – Website operators no longer have to pre-moderate reader comments

    The act introduces a section 5 defence. This is a ‘report and remove’ system that people can use if they believe they have been defamed on a website message board.

    The system enables website operators to deal with all initial correspondence in-house. This will save legal fees.

    As a result of the new guidelines, website operators should:

    Have a robust, written complaints policy
    Designate and train staff to deal with complaints correctly, and within the new timescales. Timing is critical
    Acknowledge and deal with complaints promptly – preferably by email, in order to comply with the 48-hour deadline
    Give website users clear instructions on how to complain, and who to. This may mean providing a Report Abuse button
    Update their website terms and conditions to reflect the new arrangements
    A website operator providing message boards is advised to register users before they are allowed to make a post
    Registration should include taking their names and contact details
    Users should be told, before they accept site terms and conditions, that the operator may divulge their details if they post anything defamatory
    Keep proper written records of complaints, with the dates and times of actions taken.

  33. BBaywatch

    Further commentary –

    “Honest opinion, which was previously fair comment, means the defendant must show it is an opinion, which could be held by an honest person, based upon a known fact at time of writing. This means even if not true, the supposed defamation can be innocent if honestly thought at time.”

    An interesting point and I would have thought an appropriate defense where the Plaintiff can be shown to have been somewhat economical with the actualité.

    All of the above only applies to UK law of course and presumably only UK hosted web sites – though given the nature of the web that will be a tricky one.

    As ever it will probably be M’Learned Friends who benefit most.

  34. Anonymous

    From a PR point of view, lets carry on using ‘Litigations’ theme.
    Several of those nasty posters could have lost their home even be OAP’s that would look good dragging them into court.

    Looks to me like an attempt to stop people talking about the DD.

    Another mistake, losing a grip now.

  35. ANONYMOUS

    Prisoner Sues Jay Z, Beyonce, Kanye West And Other Stars For $2.4 Billion,

    yes folks its real, no its not Matt Ames, even though he too is a prisoner (FACT).

    But could he be related to Dave Ames.??????

    Why would we even suggest Dave Ames is related ???
    We base this on a number of factors,

    The fact that Dave Ames appears to have so much available time in which to engage in Litigation,

    Is not free like the prisoner to spend his money as he sees fit ( FACT FREEZING ORDER)

    Apparently does not care who, what or why he engages in litigation, and he appears confused as to who, what, they………. are litigating. In the law suit in California Ames and his wife are claimants looking for IP addresses etc, in the letter to his investors, granted, unsigned of course, the letter states and I must be careful here the letter, or email, to be more precise states that Harlequin (Whoever they are, as there is no company registered to any of the Ames family called Harlequin FACT) are taking legal action against BFP, Yet Ames has not shown any documents which can prove he is suing BFP, and in the absence of such documentary evidence, one must assume he is either lying on the matter or is so confused that he is not of a fit state nor mind to engage in litigation or any other matters, or is it just another mistake by him and his highly competent legal team,

    Indeed if he is not engaging in litigation directly with BFP could this not be construed by BFP as defamation and slander on his part.

    Is this why the email is not signed, Who is the chairman of”Harlequin”,

    Lets no forget folks the email is very specific.Direct Quote “Following rumors and reports made online in the last 24 hours, we wish to confirm that Harlequin is indeed taking legal action against the anonymous blogging website, Barbados Free Press.”

    Now back to the direct matters relating to our post;

    Likes to associate himself now or in the past with A-Z List Celebrities and others, {The Cast Of Misearbles, Pat Cash, Andy Townsend, Phil Spencer (location location location), His Daughter (Famous for her role in Desperately Seeking Sheila, the Ozzie reality TV show where in the most part, relatively wealthy older gentlemen sought younger female life partners from the UK), The owners of Trader Vics, The PM of St. Vincent, Matt Ames Prisoner number xxxxxxxxxxxx, Liverpool Football club, Brian Lara, The PM of Barbados, The PM of St. Lucia, Gary Player, Carter Ruck, DLA Piper, ELS Legal, Nabarro LLP, The English Youth Squad, The SFO, Essex Police, Wilkins Kennedy, BDO, Sam Commissiong (St. Vincent Solicitor and Barrister who became famous locally for forging the signature of the SVG Court Clerk), The CIB, HMRC, FCA, Singing Pig, Guardian Newspaper, Mail on Sunday, Basildon Echo, FT Advisor, Gary Player, Jon Austin, The Irish Builder, Sean Ghent, (famous for his role in exposing Paul McCartney’s Private Life), BBC Panorama, Channel 5 (Future), News night (future), Simon Terry now working for CWD Law in Aversham, (Wonder if CWD are aware of his recent past and the SFO investigation), Simon Taylor ex professional golfer, Baker Clarke Partnership, David Campion, International Architect (Another one being looked at and not for his prowess in architecture). …………… and the list goes on and on and on…………..

    And has similar eyes to that of the prisoner.

    Now can anything we have stated be construed as SLANDER? OR DEFAMATION?

    Now what if a “nobody” was to state in an email or letter perhaps to someone in power perhaps, implying that he had more money then ………. let me see……..hmmmmmmmm …….. Donald Trump, by implying that Donald Trump had to rely on Banks to be successful, would that be considered Slander or Defamatory or would it be put down to the ramblings of a mad man, some sicko, with no real comprehension of life or grasp of reality.

    Could the prisoner referred to above, no not Matt Ames, The US prisoner, Matt Ames is a UK prisoner, Matt Ames the son of Dave and Carol, The son convicted and sentenced for Fraud in the UK earlier his year and who worked for Harlequin until just before his trial, and who worked in Harlequin for a number of years up to 2008.Could the prisoner above, the US prisoner be considered by some to be a mad man, some sicko, with no real comprehension of life or grasp of reality, or could he be a victim of a massive conspiracy, an individual who is miss understood, and where the world has wronged him.

    Now what if David Edward Ames, of Essex, Chairman of Harlequin stated this, would we still consider him to be a mad man, some sicko, a guy with no real grasp of reality, or would this term used to describe Mr. Ames be deemed slanderous and defamatory, could it be that he is a victim of a massive conspiracy, an individual who is miss understood, and where the world has wronged him.

    Would Automatic or BFP like a copy of the email, where Mr. David Edward Ames stated this? and not to his colleagues but to government officials.

    ,

  36. Anonymous

    Like the faded Hollywood star with one too many facial procedures
    (Melanie Griffith/Sylvester Stallone come to mind) it is possible to
    become a serial litigant and in so doing become a joke. Who, I ask,
    fits this description?

  37. Anonymous

    What an excellent post; So Mr Terry has left the sinking ship?

    Will I now be done for ‘de formed mation’ as some call it.

  38. The Truth

    Over on the RL site an individual going by the name of Stephen W, refers to us as anonymous cowards here on BFP. Hypocritical really for a guy who goes by the name Stephen W. An examination of his posts demonstrates he is a die hard supporter of Dave Ames and Harlequin. He claims that we are engaging in defamatory statements against Harlequin and the Ames family.

    Well Carol and Dave we are not. You know the identity of those behind what you allege to be defamatory posts, but you are too cowardly to see any defamation case with these individuals through to completion, instead you would prefer to commence a long slow process of litigation as you do with all litigation, in the hope you will drive the opposing side out of money.

    We can prove that you are a liar Mr. Ames, Question is can you prove you have never lied.

  39. Cowards galore! My name is Hugh Carter

    Why are all of the people who are so certain they are telling the truth about Ames and Harlequin such cowards?

    Stop hiding behind anonymous usernames and let Ames try to sue you if you are so sure you are right.

    But you won’t because you are lying cowards.

  40. Cowards galore! My name is Hugh Carter

    But have you noticed how much quieter it is now Ames has submitted the subpoena?

    Anyone with a drop of sense knows that Jeremy Newman backed down after a year of running his blog and now his name is mud.

    “Duuuh, I didn’t mean for my libel to be misconstrued as libel, duuuuh, I’m sorry!”

    Get the apologies ready, you cowards!

  41. Peter Thompson

    @Hugh Carter. I’m sure you (like many investors) are enjoying the huge returns from your once in a lifetime opportunity Caribbean paradise.
    Tell me what happened to the £200 million that wasn’t spent on construction? You can’t because HP haven’t produced accounts for many years in the country they are trading. That is against St Vincent law.
    Fact not libel.
    Name ONE multi million pound business that doesn’t produce accounts.
    HP sold freehold property when they didn’t own the land.
    Fact not libel
    Etc. Etc
    How stupid (desperate) can you be and still be breathing.

  42. Anonymous

    Has SVG PM Gonsalves ever ben questioned on why Buccament Bay
    has never filed any financials? Certainly in the next election the
    opposition must demand answers to many questions.

  43. Steve Walters

    TRUTH
    HARLEQUIN PROPERTY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE UK SERIOUS FRAUD OFFICE.

  44. Steve Walters

    TRUTH
    HARLEQUIN PROPERTY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE UK FINANCIAL CONDUCT AUTHORITY.

  45. Robert Story

    TRUTH
    HARLEQUIN PROPERTY ARE UNDER INVESTIGATION BY THE ESSEX POLICE

  46. Robert Story

    TRUTH
    HARLEQUIN PROPERTY REPORT A BANKING ERROR, INVESTORS DON’T GET INTEREST PAYMENTS

  47. TRUTH? OR BUST?

    TRUTH.
    WE WOULD LOVE TO SEE PROOF OF FUNDING.

  48. TRUTH? OR BUST?

    TRUTH
    HARLEQUIN PROPERTY HAVE HAD AROUND £400ML AND BUILD APPROX 100 CABANAS

  49. BBaywatch

    BFP had to close the site and gave reasons that it had been bombarded with ‘foul’ comments. Reading past posts regarding investors which were, in my honest opinion, defamatory, racist, homophobic and sexist, any reasonable, honest viewer might ask if the campaign against BFP was directed by any principles of the Harlequin business or, if not, if they had knowledge of the activities of those whose motive appears to be support of the Harlequin business by an attack on critics of the same.

  50. Steve Walters

    TRUTH
    MATHEW AMES, DAVID AND CAROL AMES SON, IS IN JAIL FOR SERIOUS FRAUD.

  51. Anonymous

    BBaywatch – When was the last time Richard Ingraham post
    under his name. He has even disappeared from the RL blog

  52. Anonymous

    I find it strange that the DaveA/CarolA lawsuit would be filed in the
    heart of silicon valley. There probably doesn’t exist a more internet
    friendly place on the planet. Plus on the surface it appears to be
    such a patently ridiculous suit.

  53. The Truth

    Stephen W welcome to BFP. Ames will very shortly have time to test the veracity of the allegations being levied against him.

    Did Mr. Ames promise end mortgages yes or no. Yes he did.

    His excuse 1. Downturn in world economy 2. Bad advice from Wilkins Kennedy.

    Did he provide end mortgages No.

    Harlecon Defamation. Now before answering this question read the agreed statement;

    Mr. Newman in the defence papers lodged in the UK court, stated that Harlequin may turn out to be the largest ponzi scheme in the UK. Mr. Newman apologised if Mr. and Mrs. Ames thought he had stated that Harlequin was operating the largest ponzi scheme in the UK.
    But he did NOT apologise for the content.

    But given that there was an agreed statement, this matter can easily be dealt with, if court action commences, because the NDA signed by both parties would not pertain in court proceedings.

    Over on the RL site Mr. Fatchett has accommodated Harlequin by posting the claim documents in the Wilkins Kennedy case and the judgement in the Irish case.

    To allow investors as much information as possible, we would call upon Mr. Fatchett to post on the RL forum the public documents from the defamation case. This includes the Statement of Claim by Harlequin, the defences by Wilkins Kennedy and Mr. Newman, Harlequin’s responses and the Part 18 replies.

    Given that RL have stated that they have been engaged by their clients to carry out due diligence, to allow their clients make an informed decision as to whether Harlequin as a company is worth trying to save, all documents should be made available. If you are going to provide some court documents, cherry picking those documents for the purposes of inducing investors to lead or move as to a course by influence or persuasion without having the full facts could be deemed a fraudulent act by way of misrepresentation.

    The documents from the defamation case make for interesting reading to say the least.

    Mr. Ames through Harlequin stated in 2009 that they owned 72 acres of land at Buccament Bay. Now it is 2014, how much land does Mr. Ames own or does Harlequin own.

    According to the records, Only 19.05 acres is registered, so where is the other 52.95 acres.

    I could go on an on.

    But I have to ask this question. The FCA have issued a number of warnings about Harlequin. Mr. Fatchett has publicly stated that Harlequin have no money,

    Harlequin have broken the law by not filing their Audited accounts in St. Vincent since year end April 2007. They have failed to produce Audited accounts in the Caribbean for 7 years. Its been nearly 4 years since Wilkins Kennedy resigned, but it must be pointed out that Wilkins Kennedy did not act as Auditors in the Caribbean at any stage so I fail to see given the passage of time why Harlequin have been unable to produce audited accounts for the Caribbean.

    The Serious Fraud Office only investigates the most serious of Frauds, and for a case to be accepted a very high threshold has to be met.

    Yet the investigation, by not only the SFO but Essex Police too has been public for over a year now.

    Given the litigious nature of the beast that is the Ames family and Harlequin and the apparent absolute conviction by Ames that not only has he done nothing wrong but that he has financiers knocking down his door to provide him with money, why does he not proceed with a civil action against the SFO and or the Essex Police.

    Stephen W suggested that the interests payments for investors may have been paid by the commissions HMSSE charged, is Stephen W’s suggestion based on some information he might have been privy to, if it is then this on the face of it is rather odd.

    Why book the payments as commissions so, was it a philanthropic gesture on the Part of Mrs Ames.

    Or is the idea that the interest payments were paid out of commissions, a retrospective action on the part of Mrs. Ames to provide a defence for her and or her husband, a rather bizarre and weak one, as to the allegations and belief amongst some that making interest payments to investors using other investors money is a ponzi scheme.

    To some the now increasingly apparent defence that Ames seems to be making as to why his companies have failed, and failed they have given, that they have been trading insolvently, the defence seemingly being that he was the victim of corruption and bad advice across the board, demonstrates at the very least his massive and absolute incompetence at managing his business.

    How else is anybody expected to read this.

    Mrs Ames has admitted that she was wholly incompetent to hold the position of Managing Director of HMSSE.

    She was the managing director of that company, but I have read the court transcripts in the Irish case and Mrs. Ames was clueless as to how many units were sold, how much turnover HMSSE had, what commissions were paid etc. Yet she signed off the yearly audited accounts for HMSSE and in doing so was breaking the law because she did NOT know what she was signing.

    She claimed that her husband handled all the finances along with Mr. McDonald. So were these two, Dave and McDonald shadow directors, well apparently so if Mrs. Ames is to be believed.

    Dave Ames has lied about land issues, has he lied to potential financiers about this. He claims that financiers are willing to pump money into Harlequin but given what we know we believe Ames is lying to all.

    Given the above which is just a tiny window into the reality which is Harlequin, would you trust the Ames family. I certainly would not.

    Ames you broke the law, fact. You have lied, Fact, Your wife is totally incompetent Fact.

    Have you been operating a ponzi scheme, some might argue that your business model falls into this category, did you have a licence to lend money to investors to allow them make their monthly interest payments. No. Where did the funds come from to make these payments. From other investors. Did you pay the interest payments for investors? No. You paid them cash yes by way of bank transfers or cash but you paid then cash. They were free to do as they wished with that money. You had no contractual obligation with the mortgage companies. If you had you would now be out of business.

    Others would suggest that you used purchasers to raise cash for you, some by virtue of raising mortgages on their UK properties, the purchasers raised the cash for you at their risk. They did so on the promises you made, but at no risk to you personally. And now you are seeking to be indemnified from any personal liability by way of the trust waiver even though at the very least your gross incompetence has led to close to 9000 contract holders having worthless pieces of paper.

    Yet you continue to claim that your companies are on the road to recovery and you even claim that purchasers will see the returns they were promised.

    Oh yeah with the one little caveat, everyone must join your trust. But I am not sure if you would admit that without the trust your business is over.

    And there are no guarantees that the trust will work.

  54. Anonymous

    The Truth – A stunning summation !

  55. 0121

    To Ames US lawyers Timothy Broderick and Katrina Saleen.
    Is reading the excellent post above by the Truth helping you to realise what you are getting yourself into? Maybe you should do a bit more research into HP’s documented and well publicised track record of paying companies that provide services to them!
    To WordPress lawyers.
    The above post is all the “in the public interest” reason you need to tell HP to 0121 do one.

  56. Liar.

    Did you Mr. Ames ever sign or initial documents, when you knew the contents of the documents to be untrue………

    No…….. was that what you said……. ehmmmmm…………………. no……… speak up…….. oh whats that, …….. oh so someone promised you money………. and you believed them………ok……..so on the basis of some promise……….where was the promise made…………sorry whats that……..did you say in the middle of a forest in Sri Lanka………..

    Ok enough. Ames you are a liar. You signed documents which you knew had no value. Now think about it before chasing people down for calling you a liar. Think long and hard about it. Using the UK defamation laws to cover your own lies is an absolute abuse of the legal system designed to protect us from individuals like you.

    You are a prolific liar. And using signed fraudulent documents which gave purchasers the impression that you had external financial support when you knew this was not the case So this makes you what exactly. A stand up guy? A pillar of society? Or a thief? So I catch you red handed and you jump up and down like a jumping jackass claiming you have been defamed.

    How many others are you prepared to take down with you. ? How many more ?

    Its over Ames, its over.

    We have the documents and tomorrow others will and every day more and more. Until one day most people will discover the truth.

  57. Hugh Carter

    The Truth, why are you so scared to say who you are if that is all factual?

  58. Anonymous

    Probably has a lot to do with death threats made against those who spoke out against Ames in the past. Should wordpress seek confirmation of these allegations please contact the SFO.

  59. Anonymous

    Weird what part of Truths excellent post are you questioning ?

    Its all in the public domain. So which parts are you questioning?

  60. David Dolus

    Mr. Carter, the posters on this forum are identifiable by the owners of the forum and automatic inc ( wordpress ) and despite the legal threats from Mr. and Mrs. Ames seeking to obtain the IP addresses of those posters who the Ames family claim have defamed them, either the same posters or others have not resiled from their views that David Ames is a liar and worse.

    The posts identifying the wrongdoing of Harlequin and Mr. and Mrs. Ames have been published on this forum in the past number of days.

    You will note I have not used the words alleged because the recent posts are indeed not allegations but are statements of fact.

    For example; If you do not produce audited accounts you are breaking the law.

    Mr. Ames through his Caribbean companies has not provided audited accounts so he has broken the law.

    Mrs. Ames signed off audited accounts for her UK business HMSSE for years. In doing so she made a statutory declaration that she understood the accounts and what she was signing. It transpired in the Irish case that Mrs. Ames by her own admission had no idea, absolutely no clue as to what was going on with HMSSE financially. So she too broke the law.

    The only legally registered land in St. Vincent is the 19.05 acres yet Mr. and Mrs. Ames have sold over 1000 properties at Buccament Bay.

    Mr. Ames produced documents on numerous occasions which he knew to be false. He did so in order to misrepresent and gain financially from.

    The FCA have issued warnings about his and his wifes’ companies. The warnings are carried on the FCA website and on various trade sites.

    The SFO and Essex Police are engaged in a Criminal Investigation updating this in Jan 2014.

    Mr. and Mrs. Ames are the subject of personal freezing orders on their assets as directed by the UK High Court. Was the Judge who granted these orders in league with all those seeking to bring the Ames family down.

    What about the dozens of judgements against Harlequin companies in St. Vincent. We have Mr. Ames stating that all the land is unencumbered yet bizarrely it is the same Mr. Ames who himself as liens or encumbrances on some of these lands.

    But Mr. Carter if none of the above is true, why don’t Mr. and Mrs. Ames come out and state this and produce up to date Audited Accounts, Letters from the FCA, SFO and Essex Police exonerating them and proof that all the land plots sold to purchasers through out the Caribbean is properly registered and unencumbered.

    Mr.Ames Mr. Carter will claim that his memory is not like it was as justification for the incessant lies he tells. He and his wife are now very desperate people.

    Mr. Ames in his updates would lead us to believe that all is Rosy in the Garden, but just one glance at the RL forum pages demonstrates the massive anger and resentment and common sentiment that purchasers feel toward the Ames family and Harlequin.

    Such was the anger that apparently Mr. Ames took it upon himself to personally threaten an RL forum user with defamation this week.

    Stephen W on the RL site would like us to believe that there are dozens if not hundreds of Pro Harlequin investors on the RL forum who are afraid to speak out in support of Harlequin over fears that they will be cyber bullied on the RL forum.

    Funnily The bullying theme is used by Ames and Harlequin in quite a number of instances to justify their defence of a particular matter.

    What is fact, is that Harlequin have delivered fewer than 100 properties out of some 9000 as quoted by Regulatory Legal in their nearly 9 years of trading in the Caribbean and in this time have taken some USD $ 660 million in Deposits.

    Now that in itself warrants some very probing questions as to what really went on.

  61. David Dolus

    Automatic inc, BFP, I can supply you with documentary proof of all of what I have said.

    Mr. and Mrs. Ames, on the off chance that both your memories have deteriorated to such an extent that you are unable to remember what you both had for breakfast. Or if a nasty virus corrupted your computer systems to such an extent that unfortunately much of the stored data was lost.

    I have some good news for you. I have copies of much of what may have been lost and in the unfortunate event that something should happen me, please feel free to ask the SFO for the copies I gave them.

    😃😃😃😃😃

  62. Anonymous

    Stephen W on the RL forum appears to want to cut the Ames family some slack.

    Others appear to accept that Ames is not a criminal but just a thundering idiot. Could be why he and his wife named their company Harlequin.

    An incompetent fool who along with his wife and son were wholly out of their depths.

    Others again will claim that both Mr. Ames and his wife are liars, Thieves and predators.

    Whichever it is, one thing is certain, Mrs Carol Ames along with her son Dan Ames should never be allowed be directors of a company again and given that Mrs Carol Ames who was the controlling party of HMSSE paid out huge dividends to family members even though she had no clue to the financial position of HMSSE, she and her son Dan should under UK laws be forced to be personally liable for the dividends Mrs. Carol Ames took and the other liabilities.

    And if they become bankrupt, they only have themselves to blame.

    Mr. Dave Ames should as a minimum be held personally liable for the £400 million + he owes investors and other creditors. He should resign as ” Chairman” of Harlequin with immediate effect or be sacked by what he calls his investors. He then should be declared bankrupt and banned from ever having a senior management position in a company again.

    Personally Id like to see the Ames family prosecuted and jailed for what they have done.

  63. Hugh Carter

    David Dolus, how disappointingly careful of you! Where have the bombastics gone? The wild claims of fraud and wrongdoing? It is incredibly weak to claim anonymous posters are somehow exposed by BFP knowing their details. BFP has posted some of the claims themselves when Harlecon was around! You know, the Harlecon that ruined Jeremy Newman’s life and he apologised for.

    So, Mr Dolus, how do you know what happened in the Irish court? Were you there yourself? Being questioned perhaps?

  64. Hugh Carter

    “David Dolus”, how disappointing that you are being so cautious now you have a fake name! Why not call them fraudsters and crooks like you always do? No balls now that your details will be uncovered?

    By the way, how do you know what happened in the Irish court? Were you there being questioned by any chance?

  65. Anonymous

    How long before someone pulls the plug on Harlequin, please its agony.

  66. Peter Thompson

    Oh@Carter Hugh
    Usual HP supporter. Wants to talk about everything but Ames and Harlequin. Thought you liked facts. Have you no opinion on any of the facts stated so far.

  67. David Dolus

    Hugh, Ok lets look at the video , the video where Ames makes reference to a marina. Is that not Mr. Ames in the video. We have all seen the video. It looks likes Ames to me.

    Is he not talking about the progress of the Marina over his left shoulder,

    What Marina, you might ask. Exactly.

    He lied. Did he not. ?

    If he lied why cant I call him a liar. Seriously Hugh, why cant I call him a liar? What law prevents me from calling the man a liar.?

    Show me a law. Any law that says I cant call him a liar.

    Another example, in a letter from Carter Ruck Harlequin claimed that 300 units were completed at Buccament Bay, the letter was sent to a journalist Jon Austin, and the letter was referred to in a news paper article dated Tuesday July 10 2012. The Basildon Echo.

    So Hugh are you saying Carter Ruck lied? Surely not.

    And what about this little Gem. Harlequin said, as a goodwill gesture since last April. ( This being April 2012) it had been paying the guaranteed returns of 10% of the purchase price to investors, even to customers who had not paid the owed balance on their finished holiday homes.

    Now Hugh what does that make this?

    Have Harlequin ever stated that guaranteed mortgages to anyone are available. Have they Hugh?

    Oh Yes they have.

    Has Mr. Ames ever stated that “His Investors would be withdrawing their money from any where” what would he have meant by this statement ?

    Did Ames ever tell anyone that construction of the resort in Merricks was under way before 2010 Hugh. Well did he? Oops he did, awww how sad and by doing so and for the reasons he did he was committing a fraudulent act as defined under UK law.

    So can I call him a fraudster? If he engaged in a fraudulent act can I not call him a fraudster?

    Ames committed a fraudulent act so Ames is a fraudster. A fraudster.

    What about the Good News Update Dated 11th of May 2011. Did all this really happen? Or was it just a dream. Read it, I have.

    Was Harlequin ever selling UCIS ? Yes or no Hugh? Was Harlequin authorised by the FSA now the FCA to sell UCIS? Now Hugh was it.

    I look forward to your answer on this.

    Selling UCIS without authorisation is a criminal act is it not ?

    Who owns and controls the website for Harlequinpropertydotcodotuk.

    A criminal, a fraudster, a liar. I say again A criminal, a fraudster and a liar. Yes Ames, yes again I say Ames. Matthew Ames.

    Why is it you think that those connected with the Irish builder are the only ones with an axe to grind with Harlequin and the Chairman. ???

    Look over on the RL site and you will find many who have an axe to grind with Harlequin and the Ames family, Ames has already threatened a poster on that site with defamation according to other posters.

    One of my access passes is Hugh Jarce at gmail dot com. Password pooper2

    Given that Mr. Ames puts so much emphasis on the Irish case it would be remiss of anyone with a close interest in Harlequin, my interest being that I am a witness for the SFO, not to do as much homework as possible.

    As I have done with the Wilkins Kennedy case and the defamation case and all the public documents associated with that case.

    I read the joint statement on the defamation case between the Ames’ and Wilkins Kennedy/Newman and I am afraid I do not concur with your view on the statement.

    This is a minor issue but should a defamation case go to court a subpoena could be sought to compel Mr. Newman to attend. Indeed I would expect Mr. and Mrs. Ames to do this to demonstrate to the judge and jury that Mr. Newman through Harlecon defamed them by providing false and misleading information.

    And apologised for such. If that is indeed what he did, and again my understanding of the joint statement is different to yours Hugh, but is it different to the Ames’.

    Ironic really when I am accusing the Ames’ of providing false, fraudulent and misleading information either by their own volition or through their websites.

    I hope this clarifies my position in know uncertain terms.

  68. Odd....

    @DD – very apt initials.

    With all this information flying about regarding our great visionary, why oh why, is he still carrying on like he is actually a running a proper international, successful, company?

  69. The Teacher

    I just found this, very educational is it not?

    What is a Ponzi scheme?

    A Ponzi scheme is an investment fraud that involves the payment of purported returns to existing investors from funds contributed by new investors. Ponzi scheme organizers often solicit new investors by promising to invest funds in opportunities claimed to generate high returns with little or no risk. In many Ponzi schemes, the fraudsters focus on attracting new money to make promised payments to earlier-stage investors to create the false appearance that investors are profiting from a legitimate business.

    Why do Ponzi schemes collapse?
    With little or no legitimate earnings, Ponzi schemes require a consistent flow of money from new investors to continue. Ponzi schemes tend to collapse when it becomes difficult to recruit new investors or when a large number of investors ask to cash out.

  70. The silly little man from the Midlands

    Where is BS these days?

  71. Anonymous

    This will prove to be very interesting case.
    1. It is Does 1-50, not Word Press or BFP that are being sued for defamation by DA, CA and Harlequin(Harlequin SVG Ltd and Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Limited..)
    2. In order to bring a case against Does 1-50, they have asked the court through a subpoena to WordPress, to release the ipo addresses and other identifying information for Does 1-50. who posted certain statements on BFP.
    3. WordPress will fight this tooth and nail,and will object to the subpoena on several grounds.Without the ids of Does 1-50…there can be no case. I would bet 100 to 1 that the subpoena will be rejected .

    4 For those who might not have seen the various comments in BFP that are in question by Does 1-50, and the reasons given by the plaintiff as to why they are defamatory, please refer to the following PUBLIC court documents which can be viewed at the following website. Follow the links.

    http://webaccess.sftc.org/Scripts/Magic94/mgrqispi94.dll?APPNAME=WEB&PRGNAME=caseinfoscreens&ARGUMENTS=-ACGC14538650,-AR,-AGenerated%5C%3A%20May-02-2014%20%207%5C%3A26%20am,-A00004108,-AD,-AAPR-15-2014,-AAPR-15-2014,-ASort%20by%20Party%20Name,%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20%20-ASort%20by%20Name,-AS,-AS,-AD,-AA,-AAPR-15-2014,-AAPR-15-2014,-A

  72. David Dolus

    Dave Ames is currently running a business that is insolvent. Simple definition, unable to pay its debts as they fall due. So even he knows this. This is an illegal act. Therefore he is operating illegally.

    Gareth Fatchett has stated that without the trust, Harlequin will face liquidation.

    The trust is a lifeline for Ames. It buys him time. He claims he has financiers knocking on his door.

    So if Ames is running around the place acting like his international businesses are successful, he is either completely deranged or is knowingly operating illegally.

    I also see from the RL site that the little elves in Harlequin are sending out emails to investors pinning their hopes on an up to £30 million windfall from the Wilkins Kennedy case.

    Has that case been heard or have Wilkins Kennedy done a deal.

    The inference in the emails being sent out by the little elves in Harlequin is that Wilkins Kennedy are guilty, now what if Wilkins Kennedy are not guilty. The inference could be considered defamation could it not?

    Or am I missing something here? Does the allegation defamation only exist when referring to Ames, the liar and Fraudulent Operator in the manner to which I have just referred to him by.

    Ames has been getting away with what he has been doing for years because most do not have the money nor the energies to indulge his fantasy for litigation.

  73. John Doe #151

    I have just read the subpoena requests. Two things popped out —
    Ames has added new depths to the meaning of chutzpah
    and Bob Storey ain’t far behind

  74. ANONYMOUS

    Below is an update from RL on their meeting with Harlequin, I have taken some of the points raised and identified them in 1-5 below.

    I have added my thoughts, any thoughts by anyone else?

    Quote 1; As an example, there are parts of Harlequin’s land assets which cannot be secured as they are not registered in accordance with local laws. Our due diligence deals with this in depth. We know what steps need to be taken to regularise the position. However, we do not see this happening in the short term as the steps required cannot currently be carried out by Harlequin as they have no funding.

    “I suppose the main point here is that Harlequin have no funding to legalize the land situation,
    why was not this done when the land was purchased?
    How much are we looking at ?
    And if Harlequin have no money and Mr. and Mrs. Ames are subject to freezing orders where is the money coming form to fund the defamation litigation?.

    Given the fact that Harlequin have no funding and cannot regularise positions with respect to land, land on which units have already been sold to purchasers, does this not go to the very heart of the allegations being debated on here and to the heart of the matter with respect to Harlequin trading whilst knowingly insolvent.

    Yet from the court documents Mr and Mrs Ames are looking to sue for defamation because Ames was referred to as shorty and his wife as an aging ugly crack whore?????????

    Yet 9000 or so investors stand to loose investments of close to £400 Million if RL cannot succeed with a “RESCUE” Plan. I it was me I know calling Ames shorty and his wife a an ugly crack whore would be the least of Mr and Mrs Ames worries. ”

    Quote 2; We understand why Harlequin are nervous about the identity of any potential financier being public property.

    ” I fail to understand the nervousness of Harlequin, are they worried about, for example the criticism on BFP, If Harlequin or the Ames family have nothing to hide they have nothing to fear, they are claiming that most of the negative comments are defamatory, or is this just another smoke screen?”

    Quote 3; One point of clarification which was made to us, which we feel you should be aware of. In relation to H & Blu, we are told that a separate finance agreement is being negotiated

    “Against the backdrop of the ongoing SFO/Police investigation into Harlequin I cannot see how any financier would even consider investing in Harlequin, and adding to the currently unserviceable debt burden the company is carrying, RL state this Remember, investors funded all the assets and are also the biggest creditor group (some £400m).

    I cant wait to see the accounts in the due diligence to see what the debt burden actually is, but Mr. Ames wants us to believe that a company with $650 Million USD of debt can attract more short term debt, what is this business model, to attract finance it must be bloody good.”

    Quote 4; With regard to the other resorts, we are informed that another financier is negotiating with Harlequin. We make the same comments about verification as above. We expect investors to tell us we should have demanded the information. However, the answer is “no” from Harlequin.

    “Again why are Harlequin saying no, Whatever about one financier out there who is willing to overlook all the UK authority warnings including SFO and Police investigations but to have two or more is simply a little far fetched in the context of all that is going on and my comments above re the debt situation.”

    Quote 5; Harlequin believe some of the directors to have resigned, whilst the official record in the relevant jurisdiction says otherwise.

    “Odd you would expect Mr. Ames to have known that directors had resigned.”

    Here is the update in full.

    All,

    Meeting with Harlequin

    We have met with Harlequin. The meeting was attended by David Ames, James Baker and the lawyers from Harlequin.

    We have conveyed the view of investors to Harlequin on aspects of the trust documents. Both parties are very aware of 450+ posts on the Trust Documents thread. There will be some changes to the documentation to reflect some of the comments made.

    The key issues of the accounts, land security, finance and building plan were all discussed. The due diligence findings impact on the accounts and land security.Changes to the documents will be needed to reflect this. Our advice to our clients will also be amended to reflect these changes.

    As an example, there are parts of Harlequin’s land assets which cannot be secured as they are not registered in accordance with local laws. Our due diligence deals with this in depth. We know what steps need to be taken to regularise the position. However, we do not see this happening in the short term as the steps required cannot currently be carried out by Harlequin as they have no funding.

    Finance

    The identities of the parties currently involved in negotiation with Harlequin in relation to finance have not been disclosed to us. What we can say, is that we have impressed on Harlequin that investors expect information in relation to finance. There is a significant nervousness on the part of Harlequin over the disclosure of the identity of any potential financier. It is very clear to us that many investors need comfort from Harlequin on this point. We have offered to meet any potential financier, so that we are able to report back to our clients that there is indeed a process on going. We understand why Harlequin are nervous about the identity of any potential financier being public property. However, at some point, investors need something to satisfy themselves that the reported discussions are genuine.

    One point of clarification which was made to us, which we feel you should be aware of. In relation to H & Blu, we are told that a separate finance agreement is being negotiated. We can see the very clear demand from investors that all Harlequin land capable of being secured in favour of the trust. If (as Harlequin tell us) a finance deal for H & Blu is close then securing these properties to then release them shortly after, would be a futile exercise.

    Of course, if no finance agreement is made for H & Blu then we expect these properties to be added to the security offer. We feel that Harlequin should have until an agreed date, after which H & Blu become part of the offered security. We see this as a reasonable compromise.

    With regard to the other resorts, we are informed that another financier is negotiating with Harlequin. We make the same comments about verification as above. We expect investors to tell us we should have demanded the information. However, the answer is “no” from Harlequin. Harlequin know that we and every investor wants facts and figures and that without such information, the trust is a difficult leap of faith to take.

    Plan B

    Our final comment is what would theoretically happen if Harlequin could not achieve financing ? At that point, either investors come up with a Plan B (the acquisition / management of Harlequin themselves) or investors face the stark reality that liquidation is inevitable.

    We are not going to sit back and wait. We feel that the need to have a contingency plan in place is important. We have made it clear to Harlequin that if they cannot achieve finance then they should assist investors in seeking other solutions.

    Theoretical at this stage, but as the weeks pass by things will become reality. We need to be ready for this. Remember, investors funded all the assets and are also the biggest creditor group (some £400m).

    By the end of May 2014, we will be in a much better position to decide whether work on Plan B should commence. Plan B requires David Ames and all his team to bend over backwards to help investors. It will not be the fault of investors if Harlequin cannot obtain financing.

    It is clearly the preferred option of the current Harlequin team that they can obtain finance etc. However, we are at the point where having no contingency would be foolish.

    Corrective Action

    There are elements of the due diligence which need corrective action on the part of Harlequin. This corrective action will require resourcing. Our concern is that Harlequin cannot afford to take some of the necessary actions to regularise some of the problems we have found in our due diligence. Some of the problems are administrative and are capable of solving. It would certainly be in the interest of our clients for some of these problems to be addressed as it strengthens any security offered by Harlequin.

    Harlequin have identified a number of issues contained within the advice of our overseas lawyers which they think is incorrect. An example being a list of directors of one of their companies. Harlequin believe some of the directors to have resigned, whilst the official record in the relevant jurisdiction says otherwise. Harlequin want to be able to provide comments where they disagree or have points of information to assist investors.

    Legal Advice / Due Diligence

    Having had our meeting, we have now amended our legal advice to clients, to add in a number of extra protective elements for our clients. The due diligence in its amended form will be disclosed to Harlequin for their final comments.

    Our clients will receive a letter during next week which will set out the arrangements for them to review the due diligence. Remember, we will only be sending this letter to those who have lodged their Pink Form with us, paid their fee and have received their terms of business and client number from us.

    Timescale

    We are now in the final 6 months of the administration of HMSSE. This means that in reality we have an end date for this process. Remember, that in the same way Harlequin have a limited room for manoeuvre, so do investors. We have seen some of the demands from investors on the forum. Some cannot be carried out as we simply do not have the luxury of time and / resource. We would ask everyone to be mindful of this when considering their own personal position.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  75. ANONYMOUS

    Corrective Action
    I think the following says it all taken from the RL Update.

    Trading whilst knowingly insolvent, absolutely, and this is illegal, and even RL are nervous about any finance hence their option “B”. Yet Ames has the Gaul to instigate defamation proceedings against individuals, BFP are you following this current thread, is Automatic (WordPress)?

    Harlequin has collapsed financially, owing investors some £400 million, and is seeking a rescue oddly on the terms of the Ames family, who controlled this now defunct company.

    Anywhere else it would be curtains, a company being investigated for criminal fraud in the UK, limping along and going around in circles like a cockroach with one leg,

    who will not divulge details of financiers they claim are interested, who cannot register land, and who have liens, cautions and judgements against them all over the place, and whose principals are the subject of freezing orders. Have no audited accounts bar one set for their Caribbean companies, Sorry no, Ames cannot redefine financing in the Caribbean, no sorry I just do not buy this.

    This is just totally bizarre.

    ………………….be carried out by Harlequin as they have no funding.

    Harlequin cannot afford to take……………………………

    However, we do not see this happening in the short term as the steps required cannot currently be carried out by Harlequin as they have no funding.

    It is clearly the preferred option of the current Harlequin team that they can obtain finance etc. However, we are at the point where having no contingency would be foolish.

    There are elements of the due diligence which need corrective action on the part of Harlequin. This corrective action will require resourcing. Our concern is that Harlequin cannot afford to take some of the necessary actions to regularise some of the problems we have found in our due diligence. Some of the problems are administrative and are capable of solving. It would certainly be in the interest of our clients for some of these problems to be addressed as it strengthens any security offered by Harlequin.

  76. Anonymous

    This whole Trust, Due Diligence, and RL working for investors thing reminds me of Pres Bill Clinton..”I never had sex with that woman!”..apparently a blow job or two was not sex.

  77. Anonymous

    C’mon……everyone knows it just foreplay

  78. Anonymous

    Here on BFP Mr. And Mrs Ames have accused us of many many things, lets just look at the RL forum this morning,

    Me thinks Ames’ defamation lawyers think all their Christmases have arrived at the same time.

    The RL forum is descending into what can only be considered scenes of anger and despair.

    And who can blame them, Ames is continuing to lie in a bid to string this living nightmare out for as long as is humanly possible.

  79. Anonymous

    Is it me being thick but can you read this and see if you agree that why should we make Ames a offer on something we have already paid for?? Reply by Regulatory Legal Solicitors 51 minutes ago
    Maria,

    We have no doubt that any investor who attends will be told the same thing.

    The question is what investors want to happen when they are told “no”.

    – accept it
    – push for liquidation
    – make Harlequin an offer for their assets outright

    Investors do have a 400m chip in their favour. However, we do not think Harlequin would swap that liability for the assets.

    We have invited Chris to be in contact.

  80. HARLEQUIN lIE TO POTENTIAL PURCHASERS IN ORDER TO ENDUCE THEM TO PART WITH CASH. THIS IS FRAUD.

    WARNING TO THOSE SEEKING DUE DILIGENCE, PLEASE READ THE FOLLOWING.

    HARLEQUIN AS A BUSINESS HAVE BEEN ENGAGING IN FRAUD, READ THE FOLLOWING.

    Extract from Basildon Echo Article published on April 3 2012.

    Extract of Interview with Terry Potter Network Sales Harlequin.

    He also confirmed there was no UK protection, but said: “Because we seriously do not have any debt, it is unIikely we could go broke. We own all the land outright and we can prove that.”
    Some people who invested in properties in 2006 have still not got properties, or seen any returns. However Mr Potter told our reporter he would likely enjoy the benefits within three and a half years.
    He said: ”At the moment all the stuff we have got is about three years down the line.”
    Asked about delays, he added: “If you buy something today, we say to you now, it wiIl be three or four years before it will open. “In say three years time, three and-a-half-years time, you can pay your deposit back to yourself or to your bank or whatever, and you then have no money tied up
    in it.”
    Our reporter asked how Harlequin sold at “about half the price they are anywhere else” as Mr Potter claimed;

    He said: “Because we own the land. “The biggest difference to all these people in here, oddly enough is my boss (Dave Ames) Is a millionaire. He sold a business about ten years ago and got loads of money. “That is why we can afford build. He owns the land, we build it, we sell it, we all work for him.

    Another Extract from the same article

    The brains behind Harlequin Is an entrepreneur who went from sales•man to property mogul in a few years.
    Dave Ames fought back from bankruptcy to head an operation with offices in Basildon and the Caribbean. .
    Mr Ames, seen as overall boss, runs offshore businesses, with wife Carole Ames, majority Shareholder of Harlequin Management Services in Basildon, where son Daniel, 34, is also a director.
    Dave Ames was declared bankrupt in 1993 while an importer of garden leisure products. He later set up a double glazing business, fending off a 1997 bankruptcy bid.
    A year later he was bankrupt again, with creditors, including the taxman, claiming a total of £50,000 was owed. .
    However he bounced back, staying in double glazing, before setting up Loans Made Easy, which secured credit, in 2004, and acting as an agent for overseas property sales.
    Money earned was used to purchase land in Barbados, and Harlequin Property was born.
    A report published on the Hotel News Now website last month said Mr Ames also sold a construction company five years ago.
    Mr and Mrs Ames moved from a semi-detached house in Wickford, to their detached home in BrockHill, Wickford, bought for £1.45million in 2007.
    Healthy profits have allowed the family substantial dividends from the UK company. The last filed accounts for Harlequin Management Services show Mrs Ames received an £876,000 dividend – with Daniel Ames taking £146,000.

  81. FYI

    From TA posted by SvgAlan

    “Noticed in the local press harlequin are now handing over freehold title deeds of cabanas to clients.this has to be positive news for owners.also dare I say it bad news for the scare mongers.

    It must also dispel some of the rumours about bb /harlequin not owning the land as clearly they can’t give unencumbered title unless they own it.”

    From Caribbean New Now posted by Peter Binose

    “Is it true that Kay, the island’s leading dive instructor, has pulled out of Buccament Bay Resort?”

  82. CARTER RUCK LETTER TO BASILDON ECHO, IF DAVE AMES INSTRUCTED CARTER RUCK TO WRITE THIS LETTER HE LIED THROUGH HIS TEETH

    Did that vertically chllenged liar Dave Ames instruct Carter Ruck to issue this Statement to the Basildon Echo. Published on Tuesday July 10th 2012.

    Carter Ruck, who that liar Ames used to pursue and threaten all and sundry was used by that liar Ames to peddle yet more lies to the print media for the public to see in all its glory.

    Ironic given that Carter Ruck once referred to by Private Eye as “Carter Fuck” would have been used by that vertically challenged liar Ames

    Ames needs to be STOPPED, Investors in theTrust need to understand that AMES will use any and all means to peddle his litany of lies and bullshit.

    Carter Ruck the most famous of Defamation Lawyers in the UK used by that vertically challenged Liar Ames to lie about the number of units complete at Buccament Bay. 300? 300 in 2012, so what happened two hundred of these Mr. Ames, Did they just vanish? Did Wilkins Kennedy steal them, or the Irish Builder or were they part of the settlement in the Defamation case, or were they washed away in the floods or were they washed away in Hurricane Thomas or did they increase in value so much that you moved them to another location.

    What is it Ames you liar. Pure and simple you are an absolute liar.

    SEE EXTRACT FROM BASILDON ECHO ARTICLE DATED 10th of July 2012.

    In a statement, issued through Harlequin’s law firm Carter Ruck, the company said properties bought by investors at Buccament Bay three years ago were now being re-sold for well over double the purchase price.
    Three hundred out of 1,120 units at Buccament Bay are complete.
    It added: “Buccament Bay is now an established destination and has seen average room rates from tour operators increase from around US$350 (£226)per night on opening, to £591 per night.
    “The resort has now been independently valued at approximately £155million based on an inspection in July 2011, since which time further significant works have been undertaken which will have increased its value yet further.”
    Resorts in St Lucia, Barbados and the Dominic Republic which had been hit by “planning delays” were making “strong progress”.
    Harlequin said, as a goodwill gesture since last April, it had been paying guaranteed returns of 10 per cent of the purchase price to investors, even to customers who had not paid the owed balance on their finished holiday homes.
    The firm said less than 1 per cent of its clients (fewer than 60) have asked for money back.

  83. ANONYMOUS

    @ FYI

    One unit has been “allegedly” handed over, although the legality of this will now probably be challenged given that a number of Judgments have been registered against the only registered land at the Buccament Bay Resort, the 19.05 acres.

    The Judgments were made in the High Court in St. Vincent earlier this year.

    The Original Documents pertaining to the Incumbrances have been lodged at the Registry High Court St. Vincent and The Grenadines.

    As with everything else to do with Harlequin, nothing is as it seems.

  84. ANONYMOUS

    @ FYI Ref TA (Trip Advisor) A poster and “Investor” on the RL Forum stated the following Yesterday, XXXX XXXXXXX
    ” Yes, most are by investors – I was actively encouraged by my agent and the network sales director to write glowing TA reviews”

    This was in response to two previous posters comments with respect to the TA reviews of Buccament Bay,

    This post can be found under the Thread Trust-COMMENTS PLEASE on the Regulatory Legal Investors Website.

  85. Anonymous

    RL over on their forum appear to be mooting the idea that investors who are owed £400 million by Harlequin make an offer to Ames for the assets.

    We know RL were at a meeting with Ames yesterday, we wonder if someone produced a stash of Colombian Marching Powder at the meeting.

    Our offer to Ames would be clemency. We would be happy to have his death sentence commuted to life with ignominy.

  86. Sue donim

    I hope Ames has phoned the police ….. Some bastard has half inched 200 units ……(see earlier carter ruck statement)

  87. Anonymous

    I hope wordpress lawyers are looking at all these posts, they are just showing that the little toad from Basildon is a liar and conman.

    Cmon SFO its time to bring him in.

  88. Anonymous

    Even if RL goes ahead and establishes a trust aren’t there quite a few
    loose-ends not tied up?
    CPC Lawsuit
    SVG Legal Actions
    Shipley’s
    And didn’t the much maligned Henry Ware advise that a UK Trust
    would have no legal standing in SVG.
    The UK authorities have let this farce linger on a bit too long.

  89. Anonymous

    Folks it looks like more are taking a keen interest in Harlequin and Ames over on the RL site. If I were Ames I would start packing my bag. Between the events unfolding on RL, and other moves, Ames’ nuts are now firmly in the vice.

  90. Anonymous

    The word is “vise”

  91. Anonymous

    Last Night RL stated in their update that they Ames and Harlequin would not nor were they willing to identify the name of one of the financiers, now Gareth (Ames) of RL is stating on the RL site that he is indeed aware of the identity of the investor but to release their details would cause a frenzy of activity amongst the investors which would cause the new financier to walk.

    Now who the hell is Gareth (Ames) representing, why did he mislead investors last night, is he Gareth (Ames) representing the interests of his clients ( existing investors) is he representing the interests of new clients ( the new investors) or has he ever represented them ? Or is he representing the interests of Ames?

    Screen shot time folks, I smell a rat here and I am not the only one.

  92. Anonymous

    For the avoidance of doubt, RL Gareth Fatchett a proposed trustee on the trust stated in an update last night that in a meeting yesterday with Harlequin they refused to divulge the identity of any of the proposed financiers to him or investors.

    Then panic and anger ensues over on The RL forum, then RL confirm just a few minutes ago that they are aware from the meeting yesterday of the identity of one of the financiers.

    RL’s credibility is fast diminishing. This is turning into farce.

  93. Anonymous

    From the beginning it has been obvious that he represents Gareth.
    Things could be lining up for a totally new approach toward Harlequin
    (Plan B – Plan C) that could entail more coloured slips of paper
    returned returned with another few hundred quid (plus VAT). Would it
    not be possible for RL to approach (since they know who it is) the
    prospective new investor and do an “end-around HQ” getting rid
    of Ames and delivering his posse. Only a thought. Frankly though
    if there is a new investor/s all they have to do is wait out Ames
    and pick everything up for a song thus shutting out the original
    investors.

  94. Anonymous

    Interesting RL knowing financier…. or don’t they?? I’ve said for a while that RL paint themselves to be something they’re not. If a company is “out of money” and “facing liquidation”, how can they be able to hire Pitmans, create litigation with BFP & be in any position to deny access to particular information, especially to a party representing the majority of their issues?

    The actual position must be somewhat different to what RL have portrayed it to be. Either that or the Harlequin management really are deluded.

    Ames has the ability to turn this around by coming clean on everything. All the expenses, money, shoddy building jobs, P/L for operating hotels, land. I suppose if what the other commenters on here have posted is true (which I believe it is), it’s only a matter of time before the proverbial hits the fan (for Ames)

  95. The case of no finance....again.

    I think we all know the finance is never happening – how can it?

  96. Anonymous

    Thank god Dave and Carol Ames instigated the litigation against freedom of speech it seems that the action has shut up those who tried to disrupt the forum threads and any intelligent discussions on the pertinent issues.

    We note that certain pro Harlequin contributors have amazingly disappeared from both this site and the RL forum.

    We would like to personally thank Mr. Dave Ames and Mrs. Carol Ames for seeking justice, and in doing so, having the desired effect of bringing to an end the constant flow of defamatory, racist, sexist and churlish posts that once were a constant distraction to the very real issues being discussed on these threads.

    Indeed should the actions of Mr. Dave Ames and Mrs. Carol Ames succeed in the Courts in the US, this should pave the way for a whole raft of further defamation claims against many so called Harlequin supporters.

    Again thank you Dave and Carol. Now we can continue to expose you as liars and wholly incompetent fools, and expose the fraudulent activities being undertaken by your companies for all to see.

  97. Davemation

    It will be know as Dave’s law. Redefining litigation.

  98. Anonymous

    Above is a good example of what is known as the Streisand effect

    “The Streisand effect is the phenomenon whereby an attempt to hide, remove, or censor a piece of information has the unintended consequence of publicizing the information more widely, usually facilitated by the Internet.

    It is named after American entertainer Barbra Streisand, whose attempt in 2003 to suppress photographs of her residence in Malibu, California, inadvertently generated further publicity. Similar attempts have been made, for example, in cease-and-desist letters, to suppress numbers, files and websites. Instead of being suppressed, the information receives extensive publicity and media extensions such as videos and spoof songs, often being widely mirrored across the Internet or distributed on file-sharing networks.[1][2]”

    Now that the comments on BFP and the Plaintiff`s statements have been published online (made PUBLIC) by the Courts of California. a much wider audience can now view them…and they can NOT be deleted or censored any further.

  99. Anonymous

    @Anon/6:23 I can’t get it to download. Is there a problem?

  100. The DA effect

    It’s call the wrong link effect! won’t open

  101. The DA effect

    The link won’t work, maybe Harlequin has stopped it?

  102. No finance, no security = The End

    All,

    Thank you for taking the survey. 776 people took the survey. The sample is representative to a +/-5% accuracy.

    1. Advice – who is advising you on the due diligence ?

    RL – 94%

    PHIG – 2%

    No Advice – 4%

    This is no surprise as this is our site. We are surprised that PHIG does not have more support as we have been told they have 2000 members on their website.

    2. Security – is the security adequate ?

    Remember, the security does not include H & Blu. There has been a debate on the site in the last week around whether all assets should be include.

    65% say security adequate as it stands.

    35% say security inadequate

    The due diligence will have an effect on this result as this pre-supposes Harlequin are able to grant the security they have offered. If we ask this questions again after the due diligence is with investors then the answer will be more accurate.

    3. Finance – level of disclosure

    44% expect to see all information on finance

    53% expect to see some, but not all.

    3% do not expect to see any

    Put another way, 97% of people expect to see something at the minimum. The current Harlequin position is that although they confirm finance negotiations are “ongoing” for H&Blu and for the remainder sites (as two distinct deals), no information to verify this has been provided. Of course, it has been impressed on Harlequin the effect of this information not being available. We have offered to sign an NDA with any of their financiers so we can meet them. This has (at this point) been rejected as an idea.

    4. Interim Board

    94% are happy with the idea of using an interim board to carry out the technical tasks of establishing the security.

    No surprise to us at all. We are considering adding investor representatives alongside the current proposed trustees. Harlequin do not appear to be against this idea. We would need to ensure that the person / persons chosen were both capable and available to carry out the required tasks.

    5. “The Future”

    57% of people require a detailed explanation of how Harlequin intend to manage “the future”. Building plans, development etc

    43% of people do not require this.

    This is an odd result as the similar (more specific) question on finance produces a clear cut result.

    6. Can Harlequin be saved ?

    44% of people believe it can be saved through a process of restructure.

    8% of people believe liquidation is a certainty

    48% of people have no view either way

    7. Likely Outcome ?

    87% of people believe the outcome is a “restructure”

    13% of people believe the outcome will be a liquidation

    Conclusion

    We will ask these questions again after the due diligence is out. We will also be asking clients to consider two fundamental issues :-

    (a) the due diligence, trust documents, deeds of waiver will be out shortly. At the point this happens, there will be no verifiable information on finance for investors to consider. By that, we mean that there will be nothing detailed or at the very basic level confirmed in principle. For many people, this is a clear problem, some have quite openly suggested that they believe there is no finance or that very simply Harlequin will be unable to obtain any finance.

    (b) There is a clear push for disclosure by investors. Remember, we have asked on more than one occasion. The response is that Harlequin are not prepared to disclose as they feel that third parties will seek to damage the negotiations. To an extent with all the litigation, this is understandable. However, as Harlequin is £400m of investor money, a compromise to verify the process seems to be in order. We have offered to meet financiers on behalf of investors. This offer remains open and would be acted on very quickly indeed.

    (c) we feel uncomfortable recommending any investor sign up for the trust while the future plans and the finance are not disclosed. Of course, the level and method of disclosure is something which could be sensibly negotiated.

    May 2014 will be a key month. If, by the end of this month there has been no movement on the above matters, we can see investors pressing for a solution of their own. After all, the £400m invested has been entirely provided by those people who are asking for this information.

    Bluntly, many investors will conclude that the finance is a story and / or is unlikely to happen if we or they cannot verify it. It seems fair to allow Harlequin the month of May 2014 to consider this and reach a conclusion.

  103. Anonymous

    They had a notice saying that work was being done to update the site. However, I have just found it again , and will show the steps to get there, as my hyperlink is not working.
    1..go to http://www.sfsuperiorcourt.org
    2.Click on “Online Services”
    3.From Case Number Query..click “access now”
    4.Enter case number CGCC14538650 hit “submit”
    5.Page now shows ..Notice to Plaintiff, and “Defamation Complaint”..choose one by clicking on “view”
    6. The Defamation Complaint is the one with the records of all the BFP statements by DOES 1-50, and the arguments from plaintiff`s attorney as to why they are defamatory. This is 42 pages , so it takes a few seconds to download. Also, only 30 pages are displayed, so you need to click on “download next 12 pages” to see all 42 pages.

    I hope this works for those interested. I have no idea why the links provided previously do not work.

  104. Anonymous

    Case no is CGC14538650 please note!

  105. Anonymous

    FUNDING IS ON THE WAY!
    If anyone thinks that funding is going to happen any time soon, take a look at this statement from a Harlequin update by David Ames, Chairman.
    “FUNDING for Clients.

    First of all, I feel that one of the main success stories is that we now have a number of seriously interested parties ready to work with us financially, not only in assisting us in building our resorts, but also to offer the mortgages to our end clients.Hopefully this will mean we are able to offer mortgages to those invested in Buccament Bay Resort.
    I am also confident that at least two or three of the organizations I am working with will be offering us finance, thus enabling us to complete our projects much quicker”

    Date of this Good News? 12/4/2012

  106. No finance, no security = The End

    Well that’s it, we have no problems then.
    Erm, that was dated 2012!!

  107. Anonymous

    Link says “MINDS not running on this server”. Can you dl the PDF & upload to anonfiles?

  108. Robert Storey

    @Anon 4.45, yea right. Posting someone’s personal details, address, e mail, telephone numbers, details of house occupants really adds to a constructive accurate debate. Right? Argue your way out of that one, ANONYMOUS.

  109. Anonymous

    Bob – Your hour is up.
    (Actually your fifteen minutes of fame were up months ago)

  110. Lapdog Bob

    Bob.
    Still defensive of your master?

  111. ANONYMOUS

    Just browsing through the latest comments on RL this morning a few things have come to mind, A few weeks, ago RL stated that between RL, PHIG (The Independent Pro Harlequin Investor Group, registered at the offices of Harlequins’ lawyers ELS) and Harlequin, a majority of investors support the trust, then we had the startling revelation again from RL that PHIG represented about 40 investors / contract holders out of 9000, and given that Harlequin have knowingly lied to investors on numerous occasions in the past, how does RL know they are not lying now on the number of investors.

    I also see “An Investor” has offered to assist RL. Whilst this is commendable, this investor refers to the role Shipleys LLP are not playing in the Caribbean but in his opinion should be, RL have surprisingly made no comment on the role or otherwise Shipleys LLP have to play in the Caribbean companies.

    But RL, should and probably do, fully understand the situation as it pertains to Shipleys LLP. And I can see in the context of the Investor Guidelines dated the 21st of August 2012 issued by Harlequin which RL should have a copy of as part of their due diligence, and given that RL state they have carried out extensive due diligence is a very important document for investors and in the context of Shipleys role in this.

    1. Shipleys LLP were appointed administrators of HMSSE by the Directors, Carol and Dan Ames, NOT David Ames.

    2. Shipleys LLP is only concerned about the company HMSSE, and its ability to trade out of its current financial situation.

    3. Shipleys LLP do not recognize investors as being creditors to that company and as a matter of law they are probably correct, The Guidelines for investors dated the 21st of August 2012 issued by Harlequin states the following;

    Direct Quote From the Guide Lines for Investors

    “YOUR MONEY
    4.1 What happens to my money when I purchase?
    Payments are received by Harlequin Hotels and Resorts.”

    4. Investors signed contracts with separate and distinct legal entities in the Caribbean, Investors did not sign contracts with HMSSE or the Ames family. HMSSE on the face of it is a distinctly separate company from the Resort Development Companies, and these are the companies that Investors signed contracts with.

    5. Whilst Investors signed contracts with the RDCs’, Investors made their deposits payable to Harlequin Hotels and Resorts, or at least that was the receiving company for the deposits as stated in the Guidelines for purchasers dated the 21st Of August 2012, and again is a wholly separate company from either the RDC’s or HMSSE.. Ok Investors will say they “THOUGHT” HMSSE trading as Harlequin Property in the UK was the same company or the receiving company, but thought does not cut it in the legal world. (We shall get back to this later).

    Given that Harlequin Hotels and Resorts was the receiving company for the Investor deposits and a totaly separate company from HMSSE, it would be hard to see how Shipleys could recognize investors as being creditors as they are the Administrators for HMSSE only.

    6. As set out in the guidelines for purchasers by Harlequin, Harlequin under the control of Ames could use money paid by an investor for one resort in furtherance of the development of a different resort. Now let us take a closer look at the Guidelines.

    (a) Who did you pay your money too?

    According to the guidelines for investors you paid your money to Harlequin Hotels and Resorts, or at least they state they received your money.See extract below from the Guidelines for Investors.

    Direct quote from the guidelines;

    “YOUR MONEY
    4.1 What happens to my money when I purchase?
    Payments are received by Harlequin Hotels and Resorts.”

    Who are Harlequin Hotels and Resorts? Well according to the guide lines they are the management company for the resorts.

    Direct quote from the guidelines,

    “WHO IS HARLEQUIN HOTELS AND RESORTS?
    Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is a hotel operator that oversees the operation of resorts in the Caribbean. Harlequin Hotels and Resorts do not own any of the resorts we market. ”

    The address for Harlequin Hotels and Resorts is Harlequin Hotels & Resorts Limited. Company Registration no: 195924. Registered Office Address: PO Box 32322, 4th Floor Century Yard, Cricket Square, Elgin Avenue, Grand Cayman KY101209 Cayman Islands.

    So who is Harlequin Property?

    See quote from the Guidelines for purchasers.

    “WHO IS HARLEQUIN PROPERTY?
    Harlequin Property is the trading name of Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited and is the UK based primary selling agent for the selling/owner companies in the Caribbean. Harlequin Property is not a party to agreements with purchasers. ”

    7. Now back to the money trail and Shipleys.

    According to Harlequin the money was received by a company in the Cayman Islands Harlequin Hotels and Resorts, Accounts do not, as a matter of law have to be filed in the Cayman Islands, so if we are to believe that investors deposits of £400 Million were channeled through the Cayman Islands then accounting will not be available at least for this part of the investor deposits journey.

    The Cayman Island company does not have a branch office in the UK, and I would be very surprised if it held bank accounts in the UK. But did £400 Million go through a Cayman Island bank account?

    If as is stated in the Guidelines investors deposits were received by Harlequin Hotels and Resorts in the Cayman Islands, and then some of this money was sent to HMSSE then I can fully understand the stance Shipleys are taking.

    Because the money was sent to HMSSE for the purposes of covering marketing expenses and sales costs including commission.

    See Quote from the Investor Guidelines below;

    Payments are received by Harlequin Hotels and Resorts. Part of the funds you pay are paid to Harlequin Property to cover marketing expenses and sales costs including commission.

    Now my question is if the Marketing expenses and sales costs including the commission were sent to the UK, does it not stand to reason that the balance of the money remained in the Cayman Island company for onward distribution to the resort companies where land was acquired and for construction purposes again as stated in the Guidelines or purchasers.?

    See Direct Quote from the Purchasers Guidelines,

    “The rest of the money will be used for the development of the resorts in the Caribbean which are being developed by the companies under the control of David Ames. Funds are not specifically earmarked for the construction of the resort you are purchasing in.
    The resorts are being constructed using purchasers’ money and money provided by shareholders in the landowning companies.”

    So why do inter company balances appear in the accounts for HMSSE as identified by Shipleys,

    Did Harlequin send the money from the Cayman Islands to the resort companies as per investor contracts?,

    On the face of it this appears to be the case.

    And then when Mr. Ames wanted money from some RDC’s for example those in the Dominican Republic, he asked his wife Carol, who controlled HMSSE to borrow the money from the Dom Rep companies and then she through HMSSE would lend it on to for example to Harlequin Property SVG Ltd.

    That is why HMSSE would owe money on the one hand as in the example above to the Dominican Republic companies and on the other hand be owed money by Harlequin Property SVG Ltd.

    The inter company loans could have gone through Harlequin Hotels and Resorts the receiving company, indeed as the receiving company it would have made sense from an accounting perspective.

    Remember and it is contained in the Guideline for investors guideline dated 21st August 2012 that this was all above board and legal.

    See Direct Quote from Purchaser Guidelines,

    “Funds are not specifically earmarked for the construction of the resort you are purchasing in.”

    Some investors have been raising the issue of the expenditure of monies on the operation of the resorts, Some have referenced the Searchlight Newspaper Article where Mark Sawkins then General Manager for the Buccament Bay Resort stated that Harlequin were spending $1 Million per month on Hotel Operations.

    Again this issue is covered in the Investor Guidelines

    See Direct Quote from Purchasers Guidelines

    “It also covers costs associated with hotel operations.”

    8. Shipleys LLP are only interested in the affairs of HMSSE, their interest in the RDC’s the Resort development companies with whom investors have contracts with, is either as creditors or debtors to Shipleys LLP, nothing more.

  112. ANONYMOUS

    The moral of the above story for all those with an interest in Harlequin, is the devil in the detail, ALWAYS I MEAN ALWAYS look at the small print,

  113. ANONYMOUS

    My next installment will reveal the shocking truth behind Harlequin and I hope all those with an interest read the last two posts above very carefully, because these posts written by me are the precursor to the main event,

    Stay Tuned to BFP for the SHOCKING TRUTH.

  114. Anonymous

    And the sad but obvious truth is that RL and its blog re: Harlequin
    would not exist without BFP which they deride, debase and degrade
    ad infinitum.

  115. Caution

    It looks like RL and others are not taking BFP with the pinch of proverbial salt they once used to,

    Mr and Mrs Ames actions did wonders for clearing out the crap.

    To the more observant of you out there, Ames and Harlequin are a spent force, a different battle now rages,

  116. Anonymous

    @Anon, great post thank you.

    I for one am looking forward to your next “instalment”

  117. Selling My Property at Buccament Bay

    The following is taken from the Guidelines for Purchasers,

    “The sale contract allows you to resell your property before completion provided that you do not undercut the Seller’s prices. One method of re-sale is by using the Harlequin Property re-sale procedure referred to in the purchase contract. Further details will be provided to you at the point of re-sale. We may also offer a resale service once the Resort is finished. However, we cannot guarantee that you will recoup the full sum paid via these routes or that there will be a buyer available.”

    Harlequin and Ames are claiming that they have purchasers willing to complete, some who did not purchase in Phase 1, So if you have a property in Phase One but do not want to complete, just sell the property to Ames, Agree a price with him below the existing selling price, and then sell him your property, do not rescind you contract until funds have hit your account, alternatively, go sell your unit via Christies or some such like.

    If Ames tells you, you cant, tell him to go do one.🙂🙂

  118. A Good News Story, Just One though

    Phil Martin is a widely Respected and Consulted Authority on UK Property Investment.

    Phil Martin (born 21 January 1973) is an English property developer, investor, entrepreneur and outspoken supporter of the UK Property Investment Industry.

    Philip Martin is best known for his contribution to the development of Sale and Rent Back products which are now entirely regulated by the Financial Conduct Authority. Philip Martin is frequently consulted in the national press including The Times and The Daily Telegraph.

    In 2009 Phil Martin supported hundreds of property investors who had lost out to a massive International Off Plan Property fraud perpetrated on them by Harlequin Property.

    Phil published all of their stories and warnings on a well known property forum he had purchased called Singing Pig. Carter Ruck libel lawyers sued Phil and Singing Pig and won substantial damages for libel because at the time the allegations had not been proven.

    Harlequin Property are now bankrupt and fraud charges are being pursued against the Directors, vindicating Phil’s defense of investors and also his outspoken stance.

    Phil built a large property portfolio and helped lots of others to do the same between 2006-2010. Phil built his property portfolio using his personal knowledge of repossession stopping and housing law. Through his Mortgage Rescue Network brand, in addition to buying properties and supporting investors, he was responsible for stopping an average of 1 repossession every working day for 3 years between 2007-2010.
    This good work continues now at Beat Repossession.

    Phil ambitiously purchased 5 property companies in an eighteen month period, just before the credit crunch really hit. Such overstretching, coupled with bad timing in the economic cycle, resulted in a very public bankruptcy and remarkable fall from grace at the end of 2010.
    Phil stresses that his failures were business management related and were not due to property investment which is fundamentally sound, no matter what temporary economic climate the economy is currently experiencing.

    After his discharge from bankruptcy, Phil returned to his passions of property and land.

    Phil admits his mistakes have made him wiser, more knowledgeable and better positioned to help and guide others in business and property.

    Renowned for simplistic approaches to complex property problems, Phil enjoys the negotiation and contractual parts of property deals and is often invited to speak at prestigious events and featured in media and print.

    Along with property acquisition, management, sourcing and his land and equity release projects, Phil is running a training programme which covers innovative approaches to property investment and which are working for investors at all levels, right now.

    You can find out more at Millionaires Together

    Philip Martin lives happily in Milton Keynes with his wife and 5 daughters.

  119. In Defence of the Great One

    This little piece posted on the 5th of March 2013 on Vincy View, just shows the extent the senior management of Harlequin will go to defend the great one.

    Garth Ronnan actually Gareth Ronan former Vice President Of Harlequin at the time, peddled the good news for Ames on an almost constant basis, even though he must have known what he was saying had no basis in truth, but the money was great……..

    Quote from Ronan a liar and a mouth piece for Ames, now working in New York having left Harlequin.

    “Ronnan said no papers have been served on Harlequin to support this claim made in the press and said any application will be misconstrued and will fail.”

    RL did not proceed with the application but in May 2013 CLC did and apparently in the eyes of the UK Judge the application was far from misconstrued and did not fail, Mr. Dave Ames and Mrs Carol Ames had and still have their personal world wide assets frozen.

    Quote from the article below,

    “It has emerged that legal papers are set to be lodged today at the High Court in Birmingham to freeze the assets of Harlequin Property, the company which owns the Buccama Bay Resort here in SVG.

    Reports state that the move is being made in an effort to effort to get back money for UK investors. Speaking on the ongoing situation, Vice President of Hotel and Development of Harlequin Garth Ronnan said they have been made aware that a solicitor in England told the media that he intends to make an application to freeze the assets of Harlequin and its directors.

    Ronnan said no papers have been served on Harlequin to support this claim made in the press and said any application will be misconstrued and will fail.

    He further said he does not believe the claims will extend to SVG or there will be any impact on the Buccama Bay Resort.”

    We have been told that Ronan is the subject of a serious complaint but more on this later, We believe his details have also been passed onto the SFO.

  120. The Litigation Exposed

    Just to give investors an Idea of the scale of the problem, these are a list of claims instigated against some Harlequin companies and David Ames in just one day in St. Vincent.There are 100’s of claims processed or being processed,

    On this day alone the 6/6/2013 15 Claims were applied for.

    ———————————————————————————————-

    7 – SVGHCV2013/0296 Nature of Matter: notice of application

    Paul Sharratt & Lindsey Sharratt Vs Harlequin Property (Svg) Limited & David Ames & Carol Ames (His Wife)
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Paul Sharratt , Lindsey Sharratt
    Defendant: Harlequin Property (Svg) Limited , David Ames And Carol Ames (His Wife)

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am
    ——————————————————————————————————-

    4 – SVGHCV2010/0127 Nature of Matter: Application

    Robert Suhrie Vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited, Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited, David Ames
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Robert Suhrie
    Defendant Atty: S. E. Commissiong & Co
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited ,
    David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am
    ———————————————————————————————————

    5 – SVGHCV2010/0445 Nature of Matter: Application

    Frank Cox vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited, Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited & Davi Ames
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Frank Cox
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited ,
    David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am
    ———————————————————————————————————–

    6 – SVGHCV2011/0248 Nature of Matter: Application

    Bret Lutsky Vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Bret Lutsky , Stephanie Lutsky
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited ,
    David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

    ——————————————————————————————————

    7 – SVGHCV2011/0275 Nature of Matter: Application

    Carl E. Palermo Jr. & Joan A. Palermo Vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited et al

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Carl E Palermo (Jr.) , Joan A Palermo
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited ,
    David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

    ——————————————————————————————————-

    8 – SVGHCV2011/0276 Nature of Matter: Application

    Christine Neely vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Christine Neely
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited ,
    David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    9 – SVGHCV2012/0104 Nature of Matter: Application

    Ana Canga vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited , defendant, et al

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Ana Canga
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Property Svg Ltd , Harlequin Management
    Services Ltd , David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

    ———————————————————————————————————

    10 – SVGHCV2012/0110 Nature of Matter: Application

    Raymond Caldwell Vs Buccament Bay Resort Limited , defendant, et al

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Raymond Caldwell
    Defendant: Buccament Bay Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services(South East)Ltd , David
    Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    13 – SVGHCV2012/0133 Nature of Matter: Application

    Raymond Caldwell vs Merricks Resort Limited et al

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Raymond Caldwell
    Defendant: Harlequin Management Services(South East)Ltd , David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    14 – SVGHCV2012/0083 Nature of Matter: Application

    Ian Craig , plaintiff, et al vs Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Ltd. , defendant, et al
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Ian Craig , Raymond Caldwell
    Defendant: Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Ltd. , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited
    , David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    16 – SVGHCV2012/0132 Nature of Matter: Application

    Raymond Caldwell , plaintiff, et al vs Merricks Resort Limited , defendant, et al
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Raymond Caldwell , Ian Craig
    Defendant: Merricks Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services(South East)Ltd , David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    17 – SVGHCV2012/0134 Nature of Matter: Application

    Raymond Caldwell , plaintiff, et al vs Merricks Resort Limited , defendant, et al
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Raymond Caldwell , Gordon Mc Culloch
    Defendant: Merricks Resort Limited , Harlequin Management Services(South East)Limited , David Ames

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    1 – SVGHCV2012/0082 Nature of Matter: Application

    Gordon McCulloch , plaintiff, et al vs David Ames , defendant, et al
    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Gordon McCulloch , Raymond Caldwell
    Defendant: David Ames , Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Ltd , Harlequin Management Services (South
    East) Limited

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    2 – SVGHCV2012/0084 Nature of Matter: Application

    Raymond Caldwell , plaintiff, et al vs David Ames , defendant, et al

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Raymond Caldwell , Gordon Cunningham
    Defendant: David Ames , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited , Harlequin Properties
    (Caribbean) Ltd.

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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    3 – SVGHCV2012/0085 Nature of Matter: Application

    Raymond Caldwell , plaintiff, et al vs David Ames , defendant, et al

    Addit. Parties: Claimant Atty: Caribbean International Law Firm
    Claimant: Raymond Caldwell , Mark Goillooly , James Gillooly
    Defendant: David Ames , Harlequin Management Services (South East) Limited , Harlequin Properties
    (Caribbean) Ltd.

    Case Management Conference on 6/6/2013, at 9:00 am

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  121. The Registration of the Land

    To date only 19.05 acres has been registered, the original 19.05 acres, this letter from Harlequins’ solicitors in St. Vincent is referred to in the July 2009 RLB Redbook valuation for Buccament Bay.

    The Redbook Valuation refers to the 70 acres fee simple acquired by Harlequin up to July 2009

    It is nearly 5 years since the date of this letter, the question must be asked why in all this time is the only registered land the 19.05 original acres.

    * Mr. Commissiong is the subject of a separate complaint to the St. Vincent Bar Council, we await the details of this complaint and the outcome of their investigation into the matter.

    S. E. COMMISSIONG & CO. LAW FIRM,

    * SAMUEL E. COMMISSIONG,

    SUZANNE A. COMMISSIONG,

    BARRISTERS & SOLICITORS
    P.O. Box 1631
    First Floor
    St. Vincent Building and Loan Association Building
    Corner of Halifax Street and White Chapel
    Kingstown, Saint Vincent and The Grenadines,

    Telephone Nos: (784) 458 1293; (784) 456 2888;
    Fax No: (784) 456 2696

    E-mail: samco@vincysurf.com

    V AT Registration No: 0029762

    July 2nd 2009,

    Dear Investor:
    Land Ownership and Planning Permission

    I write in my capacity as Solicitor for Harlequin Property (SVG) Limited to let you know that the Company has good *** and registered title in respect of the land at Buccament Bay which is being developed to become Buccament Bay Beach Resort. Additional land has been purchased to
    expand the resort in respect of which I am in the process of registering the title.

    The Company was granted planning permission nearly three years ago for the development. That permission will be renewed and updated in the month of October of this year to incorporate proposed alterations to the original development. It promises to be a very enjoyable resort with
    excellent recreational facilities.

    This development has the full support and cooperation of the
    Government of Saint Vincent and The Grenadines.

    Yours truly
    S. E. COMMISSIONG & CO. LAW FIRM

    *** Since the date of this letter a number of judgments have been obtained against Harlequin, and resulting encumbrances have been placed on the registered 19.05 acres, due to a “potential technical administrative error” it appears that whilst the judge in St. Vincent has granted the judgments and placed encumbrances against the assets of Harlequin Property SVG Ltd, they have yet to appear on the Harlequin file in the company registers office.

    This also appears to be the case with respect to uploading all judgments against Harlequin and the Ames family on the EC Court Websites, This is probably due to the backlog.

  122. Anonymous

    Nice review of BB today on TA, but If I owned or managed the resort, I would be worried about low occupancy at the end of April.
    “We went to Buccament Bay at the end of April and it was perfect for us. There were hardly any other guests there so the facilities were all freely available.”

  123. Walter Mitty

    There can be only one end to this,it wont be a happy one.

  124. Here we go

    http://www.harlequininvestortrust.ning.com
    I got so excited I typed in the wrong URL.

    Now where are those transcripts we need ?

  125. Robert Storey

    @Anon 8.20, you don’t think this is the first place I look do you. All this crap has been posted by Ralph/API/ MW and now Henry O Ware. Nothing new, same old same old. It’s like reading a Peter Binose thread again and again and again.

  126. Robert Storey

    Oh for all those thinking they have some sort of immunity from DA because the Word Press server is in the US I suggest you read the forward in the “Edward Snowdon case” by Edward Lucas. If you ain’t a US citizen then keep looking behind you.

  127. Anonymous

    Well double duh! Robert…..what if I am a US citizen?
    You only have an hour so make it fast…

  128. Your havin a Giraffe

    I have just read some copies of the transcripts from the Irish Court case, and I can safely now say that Mr. Ames is a pathetic liar, and I can tell you that the majority of the sane six to nine thousand investors out there will agree with me.

    Of course some will jump all over me and ask how I came by the the transcripts, and my answer is simply I have them now so who cares how I got them.

  129. Due Diligence Secure Site

    Great the due diligence is coming out, wont be long before its up here on BFP for all to see.

  130. Anonymous

    Judging by the position WorldPress lawyer has taken in the past for a subpoena for information on bloggers, I am pretty sure he will also find valid reasons why he should not comply in the case of Ames versus Does1-50.
    http://fightcopyrighttrolls.com/tag/defamation/

  131. Crack Head Investor

    I think you are missing the point. Mr. Ames is no ordinary businessman, his hotels and resorts not just in the Caribbean but in Panama, Thailand, Australia and the Middle East are making him a fortune, have you not read his updates, turnover increased three fold in the last 12 months, he stated that because of the profitability of his resorts banks are lining up to give him cash, its all in black and white.

    Why has there been a problem? Its simple, his investors cannot find the money to complete on his 300 units, he has been waiting a year now for them to complete, now he could take the units off those who owe him money, but being the philanthropist he is he is trying to help investors,

    He has had a horrid time of it, he engaged a forensic audit team to check out his accounts, they told BDO his auditors that everything checked out, BDO still resigned but Mr. Ames thinks they got it wrong.

    Even the forensic auditors were surprised at how little Mr. Ames took out of the company, only a few hundred thousand, they expected him to take between 1 million and 5 million.

    And every penny investors paid was ploughed into the Caribbean every penny oh except for 14% of the deposit money paid for commissions.

    And its all in Black and White.

  132. Irony

    And Ames has actually stated everything above in court, ok with the exception of the reference to Thailand and Panama.

    So it does prove that he has absolutely no compulsion about lying just about anywhere about anything, I think the term used is perjury, Ironically when he was regaling the judge with fantastic Walter Mitty Tales about his business his wife and son were preparing for the administration process to commence with HMSSE,

    It was around the time Ames was committing PEJURY (and there is no other word to describe this) in the witness box that the famous banking glitch took place preventing investors from receiving their interest payments.

    The banking glitch is still not resolved apparently.

    I think it is an absolute disgrace given the depth and nature of the perjury committed by Ames that he is not made accountable for his actions and I hope that the authorities now pursue the Ames as a matter of urgency.

    Should lawyers from word press need the documentary back up, BFP know how to contact me.

  133. Anonymous

    Someone mentioned Edward Lucas and Edward Snowden and I thought the following to be quite appropriate in the context of the great Visionary.

    Snowden and the Fools Who Love Him.

    Edward Lucas

    “Edward Snowden’s exploits have been nothing more than a reckless self-indulgence with disastrous consequences. Those who still hail him as a hero only expose their own naivety about the world we live in.”

  134. Anonymous

    Folks I think we can safely say that between the Irish court case, litigation in the UK and Caribbean and the much vaunted Due Diligence the great Visionary has probably had his last great Vision for sometime.

    In order to be convincing in each situation his story had to change as per the circumstances as they pertained, and the long arm of the law is beginning to catch up with him.

    Alas the one thing he hoped would save his hide, the trust will be his demise,

    On the face of it he put up a jolly good show but behind the scenes his whole world is falling apart around him, but one has to wonder if the pint sized visionary has indeed lost all grasp of reality, certainly those of his trusted followers with IQ’s above one now see the writing on the wall and are preparing to abandon ship.

    The great and wonderful Simon John Terry who had aspirations of being a partner in a top 10 international firm has to make do with being a consultant to a small practice in Aversham, ironically located next door to the Visionaries greatest nemesis Wilkins Kennedy, and whilst we hope his liberty is to be short lived given the misery Mr. Terry brought upon so many, the dark shadow of Harlequin shall follow him where ever he goes.

    His new employers partners must be having very interesting conversations with their colleagues next door, Like a Romanian Gypsy Terry will find many doors being closed in his face and having to roam the highways and biways until such time as he too will be made account for his crimes.

    But unlike a Romanian Gypsy Terry like the great Visionary deserve everything they get.

  135. Walter Mitty

    Can I say, that’s very interesting and I think probably true ( without being sued) for defaming the great one.

  136. Robert Storey

    @Anon 9.20 you obviously must be a US citizen because you haven’t mastered the power of reading. If you are a US citizen then you are probably protected, if you are not then look out. I think that is clear enough for you. Triple duh back at you.

  137. Robert Storey

    @anon 12.53 perhaps he can get someone from WK to wash his car for him. I hear Ronald the clown is looking for something to do.

  138. Anonymous

    If he needed a clown he would contact Harlequin.

  139. Peter Thompson

    @BS
    Its your pay master that needs to look out. Lapdog

  140. A U turn?

    Now what about this for a thought…….
    The Irish builder is innocent, he been bullied and had legal action taken against him – just like Ames has done with many many others.

  141. Anonymous

    I wonder what the amount received for the unauthorized sale of the
    Irish builder’s equipment by HD. Also the nagging little problem of
    no duty ever have been on their original importation. The same
    can be said for Merricks and H-Hotel. In the case of ICE couldn’t
    the Irish builder counter sue HD.

  142. Walter Mitty

    If, there was any wrong doing by Harlequin it’s only correct the Irish builder (TIB) should counter sue – Why has he not done so?

  143. Appeal and SFO

    Over on the RL site, RL had the Irish Judgement Posted, then recently RL added that an Appeal had been lodged in the Irish court, is this an indication by RL that the appeal process will have a much greater impact on Harlequin then before??

    One has to assume that the Appeal process needs to be completed before ICE pursue Ames and Harlequin, Harlequin Property SVG Ltd, was the claimant in the Irish case. If the Irish Builder wins the appeal then I guess he will go after Harlequin and Ames for all they will be worth by then.

    I have also noticed over on the RL forum that an Investor was interviewed by the SFO and the investor is stating that it is his belief that the the main thrust of the SFO case is targeting Agents and IFA’s and not the Ames family.

    The RL site unlike BFP claim to authenticate their forum users identities, and given that the claims by the investor have not been removed, RL must be giving some credence to this investors claims,

    It will be most interesting to see what kind of a response RL give to the claims of this investor.

  144. Dave Ames COMMITS PERJURY (CRIMINAL OFFENCE) The Emails vs The Court Transcripts

    This may come as no surprise to some but Dave Ames is a compulsive liar and has committed perjury, a criminal offence,

    Extract of Email from Harlequin this evening 6th May 2014.

    “It has been said in the past that we will not be able to provide developer loans to our investors when we are in a position to complete on our resorts. Whilst this is understandably difficult in the current economic climate, we would like to express that we have and will continue to offer developer loans to investors only on the first phase of properties in Buccament Bay Resort for part finance on a case by case basis.

    Moving forward with Phase Two of Buccament Bay Resort and other Caribbean resorts, it is our belief that once we have demonstrated a complete business model and operated our hotels to a high standard we should be in a position to attract external finance. We expect any such finance offering will be achievable for all investors as we believe a strong joint venture partner will result in a stable property environment with high revenues, making repayment of mortgage interest/capital easily achievable.

    We believe the appointment of this hotel management company will therefore result in:

    Funding for Harlequin Projects
    Continued Construction & Opening Of Resorts
    Mortgages; and
    Rental Returns for Investors”

    —————————————————————————————

    Extract From Irish Court Case and Cross Examination of David Edward Ames Tuesday 9th of April 2013.

    David Edward Ames;

    “Yeah. What is important to understand is that yes, it does, but what it is, the more money you have the quicker you can build it.

    So my point is with 40 million let’s say I can build it out in say ten years for example, if I can go and buy —

    now I have a track record,
    now people can see Buccament Bay,
    they can see Blu,
    you can see now Buccament Bay now makes a profit right,

    and I’ve done that in 18 months, two years.

    You know now, if I went to the bank in 2010 I think they would have laughed and gone away,

    today I can prove what we actually have there and banks are now prepared to lend.

    So my point is, I’m sorry it’s a long answer, Judge,

    is the fact, yes, we can complete but obviously the quicker I can complete the better.

    And obviously it has been difficult since 2007/8 when the world recession hit.

    It obviously made it difficult during that time.

    However, now we have the record we have,

    banks are now wanting to work with us and lend us money,

    so the point I’m making, we have a fund now, 40 million, and with other fundings coming in, the more funding we have coming in quickens the build.”

  145. HARLEQUIN CONFIDENT THEY CAN RAISE FINANCE (AGAIN) AND (AGAIN) AND (AGAIN)

    Dear All,

    With confidential talks progressing extremely well towards an agreement with a leading global luxury hotel management company, we want to ensure that investors understand the positive future effect that a joint venture with a household name of this type will have.

    Although Harlequin has managed Buccament Bay Resort and blu, St Lucia with great success, OUR COMMENT; WHERE ARE THE AUDITED ACCOUNTS WHICH WILL PROVE THE SUCCESS OR OTHERWISE OF YOUR RESORTS, our plan has always been for a leading hotel management company to manage our Caribbean hotels and resorts with guidance from Harlequin where necessary. OUR COMMENT; WE THINK ANY LEADING HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY WOULD BEST DO WITHOUT YOUR GUIDANCE, THANK YOU ANYWAY, LOOK WHERE YOUR GUIDANCE HAS LED YOU.

    International Airport

    I have previously touched on the importance of the upcoming opening of the new international airport in St Vincent. Prime Minister, Dr. Ralph Gonsalves recently stated that the country needs an additional ‘400 more new hotel rooms’ to open in tandem with the airport to ensure St Vincent is able to cope with passenger demand. The natural location for these rooms is at our flagship hotel, Buccament Bay Resort.

    “OUR COMMENTS; OF COURSE IT IS, MR. AMES, GIVEN THAT IT IS AN HOUR AND A HALF FROM THE NEW AIRPORT”

    This demand will inevitably lead to Buccament Bay Resort needing to increase significantly in size over the coming months and years.

    “OUR COMMENTS; YOU HAVE ALREADY SOLD NEARLY 2000 UNITS ON BUCCAMENT BAY, I THINK THAT IN ITSELF TENDS TO SUGGEST YOU NEED TO INCREASE THE SIZE OF YOUR RESORT.

    The hotel operator that we are in discussions with has indicated a requirement to have 368 rooms operational at Buccament Bay Resort by April 2015, which signifies their intention and confidence in our developed product.

    ” OUR COMMENTS; THIS GIVES YOU 12 MONTHS TO COMPLETE SOME 218 MORE UNITS.

    BCQS EXPERTS IN THE CARIBBEAN WILL TELL YOU THAT YOU WILL NEED $35 MILLION USD TO ACHIEVE THIS.

    YOU WILL ALSO HAVE TO REFURB THE EXISTING HOTEL, AS PER THE TRIP ADVISOR POSTS HARLEQUIN HAVE COME TO RELY ON, THE HOTEL IS LOOKING TIRED. AND OF COURSE YOU HAVE TO BUY THE LAND TOO.”

    YOU CURRENTLY HAVE 100 UNITS READY FOR PURCHASERS TO COMPLETE ON WITH 50 ADDITIONAL APARTMENTS AT BEST.

    Having predominantly focused on the UK and European market since both hotels opened their doors; we have now made great strides in the US holiday market and expect 80% of new bookings to come from the US once the international airport is officially open. The opening of the airport is therefore the key factor in attracting a global luxury hotel management company, which will ensure our hotels are operated to their full potential, achieving optimum room rates and occupancy levels through well-established business networks.

    OUR COMMENT; YOU KEEP TELLING US THIS,

    Hotel Partner and Financing

    The company we are negotiating with has an extremely strong credit rating, OUR COMMENT JOINING UP WITH HARLEQUIN HOW LONG WILL THIS LAST. which is synonymous with a brand of this quality. A by-product of joining with a company of this standing and strength is that Harlequin is confident OUR COMMENT AMES YOU HAVE BEEN CONFIDENT EVER SINCE YOU STARTED THIS FARCE, AND WHY DID OASIS AND DESIRE HOTELS WALK it will be in position to raise development finance securitized by the existence of long term hotel management agreements in place for each of its resorts.

    OUR COMMENT YOU ONLY HAVE TWO RESORTS AND SORRY WHAT UTTER BOLLOCKS, THE HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY WILL HAVE A MINIMUM INCOME GUARANTEE, IN OTHER WORDS A MINIMUM FEE PAYABLE BY THE RESORT OWNER (HARLEQUIN) WHETHER THE RESORT GENERATES THIS INCOME OR NOT. ITS A MANAGEMENT FEE.

    Once funding is achieved, and the Trust in operation, OUR COMMENT: WHY DO YOU NEED THE TRUST IF AS YOU CLAIM ABOVE THAT ” HARLEQUIN IS CONFIDENT IT WILL BE IN A POSITION TO RAISE DEVELOPMENT FINANCE “SECURITIZED” BY THE EXISTENCE OF LONG TERM HOTEL MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS IN PLACE FOR EACH OF THE RESORTS”, Harlequin is confident it will be able to re-commence construction and continue to deliver on promises to investors albeit on a delayed basis.

    COMMENT YOU HAVE ALREADY STATED THAT YOU NEED 368 ROOMS BY APRIL 2015.

    INDEED IN THE TWO INVESTOR GUIDELINES ISSUED IN 2009 YOU STATED PHASE 1 OF BUCCAMENT BAY WILL HAVE BETWEEN 360 AND 380 UNITS AND YOU FAILED TO ACHIEVE THIS IN 5 YEARS YET NOW YOU WILL ACHIEVE THE CONSTRUCTION OF 218 ROOMS IN LESS THAN A YEAR.

    It has been said in the past that we will not be able to provide developer loans to our investors when we are in a position to complete on our resorts. Whilst this is understandably difficult in the current economic climate, we would like to express that we have and will continue to offer developer loans to investors only on the first phase of properties in Buccament Bay Resort for part finance on a case by case basis.

    RL STATE THAT HARLEQUIN HAVE NO CASH ??????????? IS THIS NOT TRUE

    Moving forward with Phase Two of Buccament Bay Resort and other Caribbean resorts, it is our belief that once we have demonstrated a complete business model and operated our hotels to a high standard we should be in a position to attract external finance. We expect any such finance offering will be achievable for all investors as we believe a strong joint venture partner will result in a stable property environment with high revenues, making repayment of mortgage interest/capital easily achievable.

    OUR COMMENT; HARLEQUIN SEEM TO BE GETTING A LITTLE CONFUSED HERE EARLIER HARLEQUIN STATED THE FOLLOWING ” HARLEQUIN IS CONFIDENT IT WILL BE IN A POSITION TO RAISE DEVELOPMENT FINANCE “SECURITIZED” BY THE EXISTENCE OF LONG TERM HOTEL MANAGEMENT AGREEMENTS IN PLACE FOR EACH OF THE RESORTS”

    THIS DOES NOT RECONCILE WITH THE PARAGRAPH ABOVE.

    We believe the appointment of this hotel management company will therefore result in:

    Funding for Harlequin Projects
    Continued Construction & Opening Of Resorts
    Mortgages; and
    Rental Returns for Investors
    I BELIVE FOR EVERY DROP OF RAIN THAT FALLS !……….SIGH

    Harlequin is as confident as it can be that an agreement will be reached very soon with this luxury operator, at which point it will confirm the key details to investors. The business has come a long way over the last twelve months and with this opportunity in reach the future of Harlequin looks far brighter. COME A LONG WAY! CAN YOU DEMONSTRATE HOW PLEASE?

    Best regards,

    David Ames

    OUR SUMMARY; THE ABOVE IS AN ABSOLUTE DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO GET INVESTORS TO JOIN A TRUST, THERE IS NO GUARANTEE FROM HARLEQUIN THAT FINANCE WILL BE FORTHCOMING, JUST A NOTE OF CONFIDENCE FROM HARLEQUIN, THE TARGETS TO GIVE THE HOTEL OPERATOR WHAT THEY ARE LOOKING FOR ARE NOT ACHIEVABLE EVEN IF HARLEQUIN WERE TO COMMENCE DEVELOPMENT NOW. APRIL 2015 IS 11 MONTHS AWAY.

    THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY WILL NOT BE PROVIDING FINANCE NOR WILL THEY PROVIDE GUARANTEES.

    THIS LOOKS LIKE A DESPERATE ATTEMPT TO RAILROAD A TRUST THROUGH, LETS NOT FORGET, AMES HAS UNTIL CHRISTMAS 2014 TO PLACE THE FIRST ASSETS INTO THE TRUST, AND FEB 2015 TO PUT OTHER ASSETS IN THE TRUST.

    SO ARE HARLEQUIN EXPECTING INVESTORS TO SIGN WAIVERS NOW IN THE HOPE THAT HARLEQUIN’S CONFIDENCE WILL BRING HARLEQUIN FINANCE.

    A HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY MAY BE INTERESTED BUT THEY WILL BE DOING IT FOR A MANAGEMENT FEE AND NOT ON A PROFIT OR LOSS BASIS AND HARLEQUIN STATE IN THEIR EMAIL THAT IT WILL BE UP TO HARLEQUIN TO SEEK FINANCE THEY HOPE, ON THE BACK OF THIS NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY.

  146. Anonymous

    “I have just returned from Buccament Bay Resort
    which has enjoyed the second anniversary of the
    date it opened, 13th August 2010. I was looking at
    photos of the land when I first bought it from the
    Government of St Vincent & The Grenadines all
    those years ago and it made me sit back and realise
    what an achievement it has been to turn this resort
    into, without question, one of the best hotels in the
    Caribbean. It is important to remember that many
    of our property investors bought into the dream
    of what we were hoping to create, trusting that
    we would fulfil our promises, and that is what we
    are doing.
    While at the resort, I met the Marshall family who
    purchased a Harlequin property in the early stages
    and were not only at the resort when it opened in
    2010 but returned for both the first anniversary last
    year and again on this second anniversary. They
    have kindly written about their experiences during
    each stay in this newsletter and we would sincerely
    like to thank them for their continued support. I am
    impressed by the number of investors who have
    visited Buccament Bay Resort as this shows how
    committed they are and it is important that
    everyone understands the seriousness, commitment
    and passion that has been put into creating what
    Harlequin Hotels & Resorts is today.
    Our second hotel, blu St Lucia, is now open to
    guests and we are expecting H, Barbados to open
    next year and a further Harlequin hotel in Barbados to open within the next twelve
    months. As you will see within this Newsletter, work continues apace and millions
    of dollars are being invested in moving our developments forward towards
    completion, even during these difficult times.
    As we head into Autumn 2012, work continues
    at a pace; not only at Buccament Bay Resort,
    but The Merricks Resort, H, Barbados, The
    Marquis Estate, and, we hope to make a major
    announcement soon regarding a speedy start of
    works in the Dominican Republic.
    It is worth remembering that thousands of
    people have lost money buying foreign
    properties in places like Bulgaria, Cyprus and
    Spain in the hope that their money would be
    well invested and make considerable returns. I
    believe that Harlequin has proved that it is
    committed to ensuring that our property investors’ money is used wisely in order
    to fulfil our commitments and deliver the returns that are expected.
    Despite the world economy and financial institutions being in meltdown, we have
    continued to build when even countries themselves are having difficulty raising
    funding. Of course, this has made it far more difficult for us to raise funding and
    has caused delays in completing our projects on time. However, at this time I am
    pleased to confirm that we have a Letter of Intent from one financial institution that
    is offering to fund the cost of building a new hotel for Harlequin to operate, and
    another lender that is on the verge of offering us finance to build in the Dominican
    Republic. The important thing to take away from this is the fact that it is recognised
    that Harlequin has proved it can both build luxury resorts to five star standards and
    also operate hotels to that standard. Going forward, I am confident that this will
    enable us to receive the average room rate and level of occupancy for the hotels
    required to fulfil our promises of paying the property investors and the banks the
    returns they expect for their investment with us. I am also confident that more
    financial institutions will continue to invest in our resorts and that we will come
    through this current economic crisis stronger and continue to offer high capital
    growth and returns for our property investors.
    Harlequin now has two types of property investment. Firstly, there are longer term
    investments where properties are bought off plan at below market value, such as
    in projects like The Merricks Resort and Buccament Bay Resort, which are already
    worth considerably more than the original selling price. The second type of
    property investment is the opportunity to purchase a unit which will be provide
    a faster rental return, which I will elaborate on below.
    During the last two years it has become apparent that Harlequin’s brand
    associations with Liverpool Football Club, Pat Cash, Trader Vic’s, ESPA, etc. have
    had a tremendous impact in both attracting holidaymakers to Buccament Bay
    Resort and also adding value to this and the other resorts that are yet to open.
    This enables us to charge higher room rates, which benefits everyone. Adding
    these facilities and buying additional land obviously contributed to the delay in opening Buccament Bay Resort, but we considered this to be a small price to pay
    for the considerable increase in value of both its properties and the resort itself,
    which is something that will not have escaped the notice of those looking for long
    term capital growth.
    It is important to remember when investing in a property that it is the income on
    that room that ultimately covers the return on investment. The success of
    Buccament Bay Resort, for example, is due to the high average room rate we are
    achieving due to the quality of the resort and the facilities on offer. One only
    needs to compare Buccament Bay Resort with other resorts in the brochures to
    realise how much more is on offer, which translates into the returns that
    purchasers will receive. The room rates in some other resorts are far lower than
    those at Buccament Bay Resort, which means that the total income generated will
    be lower.
    I feel it is important to detail our second type of investment as it is new to some
    people. Now we have proved that we can build and manage five star resorts, we
    are being offered distressed hotels at knock down prices that enable us to invest
    in refurbishing them, which means that we can open these hotels much quicker
    and offer investors a quicker return on their money. These properties are
    obviously sold to purchasers at a higher price than those that are bought off plan,
    as people buying off plan are buying future capital growth, which offers a much
    higher return, whereas our refurbished hotels, like blu and H, etc., although
    offering a lower capital growth, can give returns much quicker.
    Another important point is that we have invested in Harlequin Developments
    (now hdstudio), headed by David Campion, and rebranded it as HD Studio. It
    now has its own team of architects, engineers, project managers and designers
    based in Barbados, and this will save us millions of dollars by giving us the
    capability to do all the design and architectural drawings in-house, enabling us to
    build more cost effectively and continue to offer such great value.
    We have been working for almost two years to establish Harlequin Air, the first
    new airline in the Caribbean for over 30 years. This has not been an easy process,
    however, we are nearly there and only waiting for the official licence. We already
    have our own hangar in Antigua and two planes ready to fly, our own
    maintenance and engineering department and our own pilots. Once we have the
    licence we will be able to fly guests between our resorts in the Caribbean, so,although it has taken longer than anticipated,
    we are confident that Harlequin Air will be
    flying guests soon.
    We are still intending to open a resort in
    Brazil which is a notoriously difficult country
    to work in. In order to make things run
    smoothly we are looking to buy distressed
    hotels which do not require planning
    permission, environmental studies etc. which
    can take up a great deal of time. This will be
    refurbished so that we can meet our intended
    opening date of 2014 when the World Cup
    comes to Brazil.
    In the early days of selling property in the Caribbean, some people said that this
    was all too good to be true and that it wouldn’t happen. I feel that we have proved
    them wrong as we are now in the process of handing over legal title to the
    properties at Buccament Bay Resort, which is a significant step and completes the
    cycle that we promised all those years ago.
    We look forward to a great future for all our investors and I thank you for your
    continued support.
    Kind regards
    Dave Ames
    CHAIRMAN, HARLEQUIN HOTELS & RESORTS”

    Newsletter dated Sept 2012.

  147. MORE DREAMS

    From email dated 6th of May 2014 from the Visionary himself Dave Ames,

    Extract.”The hotel operator that we are in discussions with has indicated a requirement to have 368 rooms operational at Buccament Bay Resort by April 2015, which signifies their intention and confidence in our developed product.”

    368 rooms, did the hotel operator pluck this figure out from thin air, where have I heard this figure from before? I wonder,

    Can’t Ames just state it as it is, Ames has probably told the management company that phase 1 will be complete by April 2015, it has nothing to do with the hotel management company.So why not just be straight up, It took 8 years to complete 100 units, with 3 different sets of contractors, Ridgeview, ICE Group and Harlequin Developments / HD Studio. yet 368 units will now be complete by April 2015, 11 months, OK Mr. Ames over to you.

    Oh yeah, I remember, a cold day in Dublin 15th of March 2013 to be exact,

    This is what Garreth Ronan VP of Harlequin Hotels an Resorts had to say?

    Courtesy of the Irish court,

    Q. The OS&E then was the responsible of Harlequin obviously?

    A. Correct.

    Q. And you identify the scale of what was involved I think
    in paragraph 12 and the amount of money that was involved,isn’t that correct?

    A. That is correct. They were looking at fitting out for 368 units and approximately about US$12.7 million.

    Q. The 368 units would include the cabanas and the various
    apartments and the individual blocks?

    A. That is correct.

    Q. I think we’ve had it explained before, while they’re

  148. AMES A FRAUDSTER OR A NUTTER OR BOTH???? YOU DECIDE

    13TH OF AUGUST 2012

    EXTRACTS FROM A MESSAGE FROM DAVE AMES CHAIRMAN OF HARLEQUIN HOTELS AND RESORTS

    WE JUST HAVE TO ASK, IS THIS GUY FOR REAL, IT IS TIME INVESTORS REALISED THAT THE DREM IS OVER, ITS FINISHED.

    THIS GUY AMES IS EITHER A FRAUDSTER OR A NUTTER, BUT EITHER WAY HE NEEDS TO BE STOPPED NOW.

    I am pleased to confirm that we have a Letter of Intent from one financial institution that is offering to fund the cost of building a new hotel for Harlequin to operate, and another lender that is on the verge of offering us finance to build in the Dominican Republic. The important thing to take away from this is the fact that it is recognised that Harlequin has proved it can both build luxury resorts to five star standards and also operate hotels to that standard.

    We are still intending to open a resort in Brazil which is a notoriously difficult country to work in. In order to make things run smoothly we are looking to buy distressed hotels which do not require planning permission, environmental studies etc. which can take up a great deal of time. This will be refurbished so that we can meet our intended opening date of 2014 when the World Cup comes to Brazil.

    In the early days of selling property in the Caribbean, some people said that this was all too good to be true and that it wouldn’t happen.

    I feel that we have proved them wrong as we are now in the process of handing over legal title to the properties at Buccament Bay Resort, which is a significant step and completes the cycle that we promised all those years ago.

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  150. Anonymous

    RL stated in court that between them PHIG and Harlequin they had a majority and a mandate for a trust,

    Then we discover that PHIG represent 24 investors, RL are struggling to get more then 700 investors to respond to a questionaire, stating that 1000 is the magical number.

    It was in excess of 4500 now the night shift over on RL are struggling with getting 1000.

    Even a blind man could see this is over.

    Its time the visionary was put out of our misery. Let it go, everyone is sick of the bull shit, The Visonary has lost his mind, he will get off because of insanity, so lets get the wife and son instead, and Terry, that will do me. Lets see them get sent down.

  151. Anonymous

    Bucc Bay half price, book for August but pay full amount now, hmmmmmmm, you that stuck Mr. Ames, ahhhhhh like the deal, but don’t trust you. Sorry mate, but I don’t think you and the missus will be around much longer, the trust is over. Ciao,

  152. ATOL?

    What would happen with the money people paid for a holiday, it would be covered by ATOL is it?

  153. FYI

    Yesterday Discover St Vincent and the Grenadines posted on their Facebook page that the Argyle airport is “slated to open in mid 2015”. They are canvassing the Vincy diaspora for feedback on how best they would be served and say that the SVG Tourism Authority is “talking with major airlines”, so nothing definite there yet.

    In less than six months the opening has slipped back by nine months in a similar way to all previous announcements about the opening. Obviously only the most politically naive would not expect some kind of opening ceremony in 2015 as the project is so closely tied to the government and its chances of re-election but expecting regular commercial flights to commence at that time still seems very uncertain.

    The above makes a nonsense of Ames comments about hoteliers requiring extra rooms in April 2015, without sufficient airlift no responsible operator would even consider marketing a destination. Perhaps a reader with access to the RL forum might draw this to their attention?

  154. Anonymous

    @ More Dreams – You can add to that list of contractors
    Krauss-Manning and Procure-It-Direct which both walked away in the
    summer of 2012.

  155. Anonymous

    There is a very interesting front page article in today’s NY Times
    about verifiable climate change. Several people in the past few
    months have inquired about flood insurance for BBay. It seems
    almost impossible to me that any international insurance company
    would not demand such sky-high premiums to issue a policy in a
    PROVEN FLOOD PLAIN that economically the operation of the
    resort is not feasible. Before the chorus of “once every hundred years”
    is raised the article points out that ALL past weather projections are
    worthless. Its gonna get worse….

  156. Robert Storey

    @Appeal and the SFO. Now now don’t be shy. It was me who posted that opinion on the RL site. Unlike many on here I stand by my opinions.

  157. Anonymous

    An open request – When RL finally allows investors to see the DD
    would someone answer my question about insurance for BBay.

  158. The wurzels....i am a cider drinker

    All,

    Thank you for taking part. 1010 people completed the survey in the last 24 hours. That is a good sample and is representative of the population to +/- 5%.

    92% of respondents agreed that obtaining finance should be a condition of the waiver. 8% say not.

    94% of respondents agreed that if Harlequin do not obtain finance then any waiver falls away.

    The deadline for finance which most selected was October – 19%, November 24% and December 21%.

    The suggestion of a “middle line” verification process resulted in 61% of respondents stating that they would not join the trust without one. The balance saying that they would.

    We asked about a timescale for such a verification process. Respondents favoured May – 21%, June 30% and July 31%.

    The position is clear. We are meeting Harlequin tomorrow and shall seek amendments to reflect the position.

  159. We have the same aim.

    The question is how long do Harlequin get?
    No Hotels in the Trust = No Trust.

  160. The Fraud

    Over on RL they confirm half the deposits were taken by Carol Ames some of which were paid out in huge commissions, a further £ 38 million of investors money was used to make investors interest payments.

    Confirmed by RL. It has to be curtains. It has to be.

  161. Magners and ice

    That’s an awful lot of money, 10% of all deposits taken…… can that be legal?

  162. Scrumpy Jack

    Someone used the naughty P word

  163. The Fraud

    @ magners it’s over 64% of deposits taken not 10. In fact it’s 64% of all money taken by Mr. and Mrs. Ames

  164. The Fraud

    Yes the Ponzi word in reference to Ames has been used on the Regulatory Legal site, THE PONZI word, THE PONZI word, wonder if Ames will sue RL now, I doubt it fucking hypocrite.

  165. The Jailer

    Annonymous – There was no insurance ? When BB was flooded the staff including the fitness instructor and the singing tutor were mopping up with brushes and sponges… They all chipped in to clean up,, doubt very much if a professional cleansing team was involved to deal with the raw sewage that was floating about…. That stinks of no insurance

  166. Robert Storey

    No what it shows is a workforce dedicated to keeping the resort open. “Tell you what guests, let’s all just sit here in flood water waiting for the insurance assessor to come along” It stinks of a desperate post!

  167. The Battle Begins

    Whilst there was some apparent good news over on the RL forum today this might be some what tempered by a rumour fast gaining momentum that a very serious allegation is about to be lodged with the authorities and relevant institutes regarding the conduct of The Baker Clarke Partnership and or one of it’s very senior employees, the rumours and allegations if true will need to be addressed as part of any due diligence process as apparently the allegations revolve once again around the Harlequin Group. The Baker Clarke Partnership is according to RL the accountants of record for Harlequin with Mr. James Baker being Harlequin’s nominee to the proposed trust.

    We wonder if the rumour of the impending action is the real reason for yet a further delay on the part of RL to produce the due diligence.

    It is about to get very interesting indeed folks.

  168. Rumours?

    I have heard this too from a very reliable source and the allegations are CRIMINAL in nature, I think that when the details emerge over the next week or so and I suspect they will be run in much the same publications that Ames uses to peddle the “Goodnews” re his various litigious matters.

  169. Documents

    BFP / Automatic Inc, the documents pertaining to and supporting the latest allegations can be provided to your attorneys with respect to the defence to the application by the Ames family in California should you require them.

    Kind regards,

    Document Controller,

  170. The Jailer

    Storey – It shows that BB has no insurance… – If you have proof please show us ..No – Thought not

  171. Hugh Carter

    Ooooh rumours?! Where were these rumours coming from???

    Oh, you mean the one you just started right here.

  172. Rumour

    Hi Hugh, let’s see if this is just a rumour, will we?😉

  173. Hugh Carter

    Any idiot can make accusations. Proving them is another matter entirely.

  174. Rumour

    Mr. Carter true, even fewer accountants would be idiotic enough to stake their reputations on a family who’s members include, liars, fraudsters and criminals.

    But apparently Baker Clarke have.

    Now what is nothing more than a Rumour is the notion that Baker Clarke conducted any type of forensic examination of Harlequin’s accounts.

    Everyone the Ames family touches becomes tainted in one way or another, and as they say if you swim with Sharks ……………….. Expect to get bitten.

    We look forward to your comments once the rumours surrounding Baker Clarke and or a senior employee prove to be correct.

  175. Hugh Carter

    Like I said, any idiot can make an accusation.

  176. Robert Storey

    @the jailer. And if you have proof there is no insurance then provide it. As Hugh Carter says any fool can make accusations. More accusations and innuendo just to keep up the rhetoric.
    @Rumour, yes and very few people would be idiotic to stake their reputations on an accountancy company who include liars, fraudsters and potential criminals. As they say if you lay down with dogs you get fleas.

  177. Rumour

    Hugh Carter, could you please answer the following question? Was Carol Ames clueless when it came to the operations of her company, ?

    Would you not consider Carol Ames unfit to hold the position as Managing Director of HMSSE?

    If you think she was fit to hold that position can you state the reasons for this?

    Because in the event that you can’t, We will state that she was totally unfit to hold the position she held in the company, was clueless and broke the law in respect as to her position. And we will state this as a matter of fact.

  178. Anonymous

    -Jailer
    Would instance premiums be subject to an SVG ad valorem tax?
    If so wouldn’t it appear on the SVG year end budget summation?
    If the answer to both questions above is YES and it does not appear
    it would seem like no insurance was purchased.
    And if it does appear the ever-so-sunny Mr Storey could point it out.
    But it isn’t there and he can’t.

  179. Robert Storey

    Why do you suppose that I could point anything out to do with SVG end budget summation. Do you assume I have access to some of HP budget summations? And if it does not appear then the every-so-silly Anonymous could point that out. If it isn’t there then why not post the budget summations? That’s because you cannot.

  180. Anonymous

    Anon 4:31 here……it should have read “insurance premiums”
    sorry

  181. Anonymous

    Bob – I can see that your brief holiday did you good…you’ve
    got your groove back.
    As for being anonymous, everybody knows that I wrote “Greensleaves”

  182. Anonymous

    Story inThe Vincentian online….OH OH, Buccament Bay screws up!

    Buccament Bay Resort : patron humiliated

    http://thevincentian.com/buccament-bay-resort-patron-humiliated-p5442-133.htm

  183. Enough, call it a day Dave.

    Lets just cut to the chase guys, Harlequin is in it’s last couple of months.

  184. The Jailer

    Storey – If HP or RL cant prove there is insurance at BB I think the accusation has some merit….. What fool would just make a presumption that it has insurance based on the evidensce .. Oh Storey would – Fool

  185. Robert Storey

    Why should they feel obliged to produce to anyone. They know the truth, you don’t, just give it up it’s boring now.

  186. Anonymous

    About as boring as flipping burgers. Ever thought of applying
    to Chefette to be close to you investment.

  187. Anonymous

    Wazzamatter Roberto……caja de vino empty?

  188. The Independent Accountant

    What due diligence has really been done?

    There has been much talk over on the RL Forum of the Role Baker Clarke Partnership have been taking in the Trust and with respect to some trust documents, Some on the RL forum have stated that Baker Clarke provided a forensic examination or some type of audit over the finances of Harlequin.

    We are not sure about this. Let us take the issue of the person responsible for the finance from mid 2010, Harlequin would refer to this person as the financial director, She was the FD for HMSSE, Her name was Adela Chalmers, she remained employed by HMSSE to just before the administration. So who is Adela Chalmers? Well according to the information we have, she was not only was employed by Harlequin but she is also employed by the Baker Clarke Partnership but strangely her bio is not on their website www dot bakerclarke dot com/the-team/

    Ms. Chalmers became a director of Baker Clarke Management in May 2012 but still acted as the Harlequin Group FD. until just prior to the administration of HMSSE.

    It would be almost impossible to see how The Baker Clarke Partnership could have carried out any type of independent forensic analysis of the accounts of the Harlequin Group given the obvious conflict of interest, by virtue of the employment of Ms. Chalmers.

    Jim Baker is also one of three proposed trustees on the board.

  189. The Independent Accountant

    We will go into more detail on the accounting practices of Harlequin over the next few days, for investors it will make for interesting reading and we hope this is covered off in the RL due diligence.

    We are sure Mr. Ames will be able to explain some of the anomalies and be prepared to apologise for some of the misleading accounting information provided by him and his companies in the past.

  190. The Jailer

    Storey – HP have a huge obligation to their investors end of

  191. Robert Storey

    @The independent accountant. Are you suggesting there was an accountant who had a foot in both camps? My my this is terrible news. This could result in a court case and being reported for a conflict of interests. Oh yes I forgot, it already has. Welcome to the world of Wilkins Kennedy.

  192. Robert Storey

    @The Jailer. They have no obligation to you. End of.

  193. Anonymous

    Touche’ Robert – You actually made a good pun over on RL
    (ie) steak/stake re: rump (at least I think it was intended)

  194. Robert Storey

    It was, it refers to my earlier typo of calling top trumps, top rumps.

  195. Anonymous

    Daffynition: Bi-Sexual …Top/Rump(Bottom) simultaneously

  196. Anonymous

    I posted the above at 11:25. What was I thinking…….
    It is truly cringe worthy.

  197. ABSOLUTE MISREPRESENTATION. SFO PLEASE ACT NOW>

    We love this bit,

    “Remember this security is worth, currently, in the region of £150m to £200m. If all investors get behind Harlequin and successfully build out all resorts then the value of the Common Parts will rise substantially, bearing in mind completions, to probably in the region of £500m – if we all unite to succeed!”

    Makes each of the 100 units at Buccament Bay worth £5,000,000.00 Five Million Pounds Each. Or USD $ 8,400,000.00 Eight Million, Four Hundred Thousand Each. Or the land in the 19.05 acres is worth $600 per sq. ft.

    This below is just absolutely brilliant

    “If all investors get behind Harlequin and successfully build out all resorts then the value of the Common Parts will rise substantially, bearing in mind completions, to probably in the region of £500m – if we all unite to succeed!”

    So if Ames builds out all the Resorts who cares what the Common Parts are worth, but if the common parts are worth £500 Million, or $840 Million USD, what does this make the resorts worth? Billions, Possible tens of Billions.

    PHIG would you guys just put a sock in it.

    Ok and what this humdinger

    “To coin a Northern phrase, “you don’t get owt for nowt”,

    Well to coin an investors phrase, you invest between 50k and 150k and you still get nowt. Some business Model eh?

    And this phrase

    “or perhaps a more familiar business phrase, “you need to give to get”.

    Well investors gave £400 Million or USD $ 672 Million. So how much more to investors need to give to Ames to still get “OWT FOR NOWT”

    THE FOLLOWING STATEMENT IS FALSE AND DEMONSTRATES THAT AMES AND HARLEQUIN AND PHIG ARE ENGAGING IN FALSE MISREPRESENTATION AN ILLEGAL AND FRAUDULENT ACT.

    THEY ARE LYING THROUGH THEIR BACK TEETH TO PURCHASERS AND THIS NEEDS TO BE ADDRESSED BY THE AUTHORITIES NOW.

    MEMBERS OF THE TRUST ARE NOT AS A MATTER OF LAW SECURED CREDITORS.

    “The Harlequin Investor Trust – is due to receive all the registered assets that Harlequin own in the Caribbean. By being in the Trust, investors become Beneficiaries of the Trust such that, should disaster happen, the Beneficiaries get the benefit of the division of all remaining assets between them as a priority over all other creditors. Therefore if you are not in the Trust you are likely to get nothing.”

    PLEASE FEEL FREE TO READ THE HARLEQUIN / PHIG BULLSHIT IN ITS ENTIRETY.

    AMES YOU ARE A THIEF AND A LIAR PLAIN AND SIMPLE.

    From: Harlequin Hotels & Resorts

    Date: 9 May 2014 17:31:05 BST

    To:

    Subject: A message from Pro-Harlequin Investor Group c/o Harlequin

    Reply-To:

    A message from Pro-Harlequin Investor Group (PHIG)

    Dear All,

    Please find attached an important message from Pro-Harlequin Investor Group (PHIG).

    Regards,

    Harlequin

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    Tel: 0845 8884422

    Fax: 0845 8884433

    11 Honywood Business Park

    Honywood Road

    Basildon

    Essex

    SS14 3HW

    Owner of the award-winning Buccament Bay Resort

    Second Caribbean hotel now open

    Dear Fellow Investors,

    PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE WHOLE OF THE FOLLOWING – THANK-YOU

    PHIG Anniversary

    PHIG was formed a year ago this week following the angry investor sessions last April where Harlequin was facing a bleak future through seriously adverse legal threats.

    Our founding premise was that the Harlequin proposition, into which we have all bought, is a fundamentally sound business model used very successfully by most of the world’s top hotel groups to provide good returns to their investors. Our viewpoint then, as now, is that we should all be able to benefit in a similar manner and that our investments can be successful provided that we all pull together to support Harlequin and deplore and dissuade anger and aggressive action against our investments. In short
    we needed to be, and remain, United to Succeed.

    Our Future Prospects

    There is no doubt whatsoever that Harlequin has made significant progress, with collective support, to work its way out of the massive difficulties created by all the circumstances – of which there are many not just one – that could have resulted in the collapse of the company and our investment. We could all have lost everything and could still do so if anger and aggression leads to unrealistic demands of Harlequin and subsequent failure of the business.

    We all have a choice – be angry and aggressive, forcing Harlequin into liquidation and potentially lose everything – or – behave in a level headed business-like manner to work with Harlequin, PHIG and others to re-build the company, attract new finance and reap the rewards on our investments. We firmly believe in the latter and will continue to work to that end with patience, realistic achievable proposals and comprehension of the associated timescales. If we all subscribe to this approach then there is every possibility that we will succeed.

    Dave Ames

    There has been much said about Dave Ames over the last year or so, much of it plain nasty. We do not subscribe to rudeness and heavily deplore defamation and libellous statements levelled at anyone. There are too many people out there guilty of all the above to the detriment of the success of our investments.

    Whatever Dave’s faults – he has publicly acknowledged there have been some – giving up and throwing away the residue of our investments is not one of them. He could very easily have done so 12 months ago and left all of us to face instant liquidation and total loss. He didn’t. Even under the massive personal pressures he was placed by adverse legal action, angry investors and 3rd parties. Give the man credit that we all still have something to argue about.

    Having worked very closely with Dave and the Harlequin Team over the last year, we can confidently tell investors that they have worked incredibly hard, Dave in particular, to avoid total loss to all of us and turn
    the company around to the considerably more healthy state we are in today.

    That said, we are not out of trouble yet. There is still a massive amount of work to be done to fully turn the company around and achieve the full success we all signed up for. We urge all investors, however strong your feelings against Dave Ames and Harlequin, to set those emotions to one side and work with Harlequin and PHIG for success. We believe Dave Ames is fundamental to Harlequin’s recovery and we continue to support Dave and the Harlequin team in their efforts to turnaround the position. Without Dave’s commitment, knowledge and valuable connections, it is difficult to see how the business could survive.

    Access to the Due Diligence & Trust process via PHIG

    In order to provide the best chance of attracting external finance, it is our understanding and belief that the Trust and Waiver offer the best opportunity to demonstrate to 3rd party funders that investors wish to see a
    successful outcome to the projects to everyone’s benefit.

    The Harlequin Investor Trust – is due to receive all the registered assets that Harlequin own in the Caribbean. By being in the Trust, investors become Beneficiaries of the Trust such that, should disaster happen, the Beneficiaries get the benefit of the division of all remaining assets between them as a priority over all other creditors. Therefore if you are not in the Trust you are likely to get nothing. Remember this security is worth, currently, in the region of £150m to £200m. If all investors get behind Harlequin and successfully build out all resorts then the value of the Common Parts will rise substantially, bearing in mind completions, to probably in the region of £500m – if we all unite to succeed!

    The Waiver – is the trade for the security placed in the Trust. To coin a Northern phrase, “you don’t get owt for nowt”, or perhaps a more familiar business phrase, “you need to give to get”. Harlequin is giving the above asset values to investors – in return investors are being asked to give Harlequin 5 years of breathing space to engage 3rd party funders. A long time particularly when added to the time incurred to date? Well, yes and no. Yes, for some 10+ years is a long time. No – 5 years to recover from the body blows Harlequin has suffered is short indeed. Compare this recovery period with the Stock Market crash of 2000 and the time taken to recover to even reasonable levels. Compare this period to the global depression that all economies have suffered. It is a big project and, like turning a super tanker, takes a lot of time, effort and above all patience to realise positive returns.

    PHIG Access

    We have sought to re-explain the history of the last year, the way forwards and the Trust benefits in the above summary.

    To access the Due Diligence and the Trust you have two choices.

    1) Sign up via PHIG using the Orange Form on the Trust tab of http://www.United2Succeed.org.uk

    OR – note – this is one or the other NOT BOTH

    2) Sign up via Regulatory legal using a Pink Form.

    The fee to join is the same, £240 per property. Both offer access to the Due Diligence. PHIG is offering to obtain independent legal advice on a group basis.

    PHIG continues to work towards unity between all parties, success for the Harlequin projects and consequently all investors. We strongly encourage everyone to join us and work together for that success.

    United to Succeed

    Bob Ladell & Colin Fairbairn
    PHI LLP (PHIG)

  198. Perplexed

    I’m sorry but the email above sent out to purchasers is a total disgrace,

    The various Harlequin companies are trading insolvently and have been for sometime now, a situation that to date has not been addressed by the authorities.

    However Harlequin and PHIG have now stooped to new lows, they are now stating that purchasers will not be secured if they don’t join the trust. PHIG and Harlequin have no basis in law to make this statement. It is wholly untrue, false and indeed deliberately designed to play on the fears of purchasers.

    Harlequin and PHIG refer to purchasers as investors and Ames travels the world talking about his investors.

    Again this is miss leading, they are only investors in so far as they are purchasers of free hold units.

    The only shareholder of the majority of the RDC’s is David Edward Ames, even though, to date purchasers have paid Mr. Ames and his wife through their respective companies $672 million USD, not one purchaser holds one share in any of the Harlequin companies, nor does any purchaser have any interest in any of the Harlequin assets aside from their purchaser contracts, and when purchasers have challenged Ames and Harlequin in the courts as a result of Harlequins’ failure to full fill their contractual obligations, Harlequin mount defences against purchasers seeking refunds as per their contracts and dragging out court procedures.

    And when Judgements have been obtained against Harlequin and the Ames family, they appear to ignore them totally.

    But patience is beginning to run out, purchasers have frankly had enough, the email from PHIG and delivered by Harlequin Hotels and Resorts is frankly disgusting.

    PHIG only have 48 out of some 6000 purchasers. It has been reported that Bob Ladell is Dave Ames’ brother in law,

    The email is disgusting and an insult to all those who paid deposits to Harlequin,

    In excess of $280 million USD was not sent to the Caribbean by Harlequin and the Ames family instead being used to pay Commissions, Dividends, Marketing Costs, Purchase Properties in Dubai in the names of the Ames family members and to pay the interest payments of purchasers who borrowed money from banks in the UK to fund their deposits.

    The email asks purchasers to support Mr. Ames, the man who cannot account for in excess of $300 Million USD of purchasers funds in the Caribbean, by virtue of the fact that Mr. Ames has failed to produce any audited accounts bar one set for his Caribbean companies,

    Yet when anyone dares to speak out about the Ames’ management or who dares to raise issue or voice their opinions on the Ames family and Harlequin the Ames family use the legal system to silence them.

    Please SFO it’s time to put a stop to this absolute madness.

  199. Chucky

    Harlequin is finished because the numbers don’t work. Simple math explains everything. No sane person would invest in this any longer.

  200. Anonymous

    As a purchaser / investor (?), my stance is that this whole situation is deplorable. Not only have Harlequin shown absolutely no leadership in a problem they caused, but they’re also causing further issues by spreading confusion with amateur schemes:

    1. Using “pitmans” to draft trust documents in their favour
    2. Using “PHIG” to create “competition” for RL (who needs PHIG?)
    3. Pursuing litigation on seemingly trivial matters, whilst their entire building effort has halted. And yes, they spend £5m on the Irish builder case……..

    “Harlequin” has no central company which can be held accountable for any of the issues it’s causing. The only entities which come close to representing a true corporate structure is the string of RDC’s in the Caribbean. To this date, I’ve never seen which companies these are, or who owns them.

    The email sent out by PHIG is absolutely astonishing. How can it even claim that Ames could simply “walk away”? Is he for real?

    Not only has Ames been documented as lying continuously (I’d like to see the proof of this “finance” he’s got….. oh, apparently he’s “working towards” securing finance now. Quite different from having a letter of intent in his pocket, which is the exact terminology he used in the “investor” meetings in Oct 2013), but he’s also liable for every penny investors have given him. His signature is currently gracing 6000+ contracts, all stating Harlequin will “do all in their power” to provide finance to the buyers they’ve duped into giving them money. Currently, there’s nothing to show for this.

    With the ominous threat of litigation at even breathing in Ames’ direction, I’ll be careful with my summary of circumstances:

    1. The ONLY way Harlequin will regain momentum is to start building again.

    2. Currently. Ames has shown (through his Irish builder case) a COMPLETE ineptitude in the handling of a construction project, and capital allocation.

    3. $Millions have been squandered on everything from sales commissions to a court case to aircraft. The sole way the company will grow is by BUILDING & RUNNING HOTELS

    4. The investor trust does nothing to address the problems at the core of Harlequin; that it was mis-sold & is run by people who, if threatened, turn to litigation to silence their victims

    5. To date, there has been absolutely no record of Harlequin’s revenue, or where new finance is coming from. Simply nothing. This is the core of the problem – Ames is happy to spend on litigation, but when it comes to building, nothing.

    I have thankfully moved on from this fiasco

  201. Robert Storey

    Obviously you have not moved on because you are still posting on here!

  202. Anon

    No empathy, comment or opinion on the rest of the victims post. Just the usual “United to succeed” bullshit. You really are a disgusting, contemptible creature Storey.

  203. Robert Storey

    A special message to Michael Slaney, who posts on here using various aliases and likes to report my postings on the RL blog. Send me your e mail address Slaney and I will let you know when I have posted, save you stalking me. You really do need to get a life, saddo.

  204. Robert Storey

    @Anon, at least I have the balls to post under my real name eh Slaney.

  205. The Jailer

    WTF is this storey guy on. How can you show so little regard to the above post regarding the phig email.

  206. Distraction

    Dave Ames’ stunt last night seems to be backfiring at a rate of knots, he has lost all credibility and more importantly any goodwill that was remaining towards him of that were at a all possible.

  207. PHIG Bull ****

    Did Ames ever have any credibility?

    I wonder if PHIG Bob had any special little deal to write such lies?😉

    Maybe the authorities are looking into that?

  208. Stalker slaney

    I just cannot help posting under different ids on this forum. It’s addictive.

  209. Bob The Valuer.

    How did he arrive at these valuation figures?

  210. Bob The Magician ( with numbers)

    As yourself why is Bob doing this?

  211. Bob and his gray days

    Maybe Bob should just keep to tree hugging?

  212. Bob and his big investment mistake

  213. Bob and his big investment mistake

    Breaking News!!
    Buccament Bay is worth billions and billions.

    But, there is a snag 😉

    You must join the Trust, before the Due Diligence is published.

  214. Bob and his bunga bunga

    Don’t be nasty to Dave, he deserves some credit for blowing £400 million

  215. Anonymous

    Looks like Stalker Slaney is back with his numerous IDs

  216. Bob and his bussiness brain

    Harlequin really do have a successful business model

  217. Anonymous

    Looks like Storey has gone back to being anonymous!

  218. Robert Storey

    Why am I now you? How odd.

  219. Anonymous

    From reading the RL site it appears that a few of the peasants are
    hitching a team to their tumbrels and sharpening their scythes. What
    would Dickens make of this?

  220. Bob the Rob, and Bob the Nob

    Say nice things for the little people and get a reward?

  221. So many choices so little time.

    Return on your investment maybe? Or discount on your cabana?

  222. Patsy completion?

    Question to the investors named Bob, have you completed to be united in some special patsy completion?

    Just a thought could that be challenged?

  223. International resort valuations expert extraordinaire

    Bob,new career move?

  224. Michael Slaney

    As I now think that Robert Storey is posting as anonymous I must now make a copy of all the anonymous posts on BFP and hang them on my bedroom wall. This way I can read them every day and misquote them at will. I might even have a quick jaz over them. Stalking is so much fun.

  225. Hypocrite

    Bob Storey who ridicules BFP over on the RL forum and who appears on this and other related Harlequin Threads has now posted comments on the BFP site with respect to the Top Gear / Jeremy Clarkson controversy, good man Bob we see you have now found other interests outside of Harlequin and are now appearing through your new comment to be espousing the right to freedom of speech.

  226. Robert Storey

    Yes Hypocrite, good name that, stalks someone and hides behind an anonymous ID. Good that. Now post on here where I have ridiculed BFP on another forum. You really do have a sad sad life. Glad to see you can use racism to try and score points. Pathetic Slaney.

  227. Anonymous

    From Holidaygirl on Trip Advisor…her second review of BB.
    “During my stay there were apparently only 60 guests in residence which gave the holiday a more intimate feel.”
    Stayed April 2014.

    Things must be brown at BB if there were only 60 guests in April. Figure two per unit, thats 30 units occupied…or approximately 30% occupancy…and that is with rates that are 50 % or more off rack rates..
    For an AE, this is just not sustainable…money must be coming in from somewhere/someone to keep it running.

  228. Anonymous

    I’ll tell my dealer. What a great place to launder a few shekels.

  229. Anonymous

    Misleading advertisement from Booking.com
    Private beach..no
    Seven restaurants…no
    Trader Vics…no.
    “This Kingstown resort is on a sandy private beach and surrounded by the mountains of St. Vincent Island. It features 24-hour concierge services and a diving school.”
    “The Bay Beach Club, one of the resort’s 7 dining options, overlooks the infinity pool and has casual dining for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Trader Vic’s specializes in American and Oriental cuisines and serves specialty cocktails.”

  230. Robert Storey

    @hypocrite, as usual when challenged to substantiate you stupid comments, no backup. Don’t forget to print this off and put it on your bedroom wall, saddo.

  231. Anonymous

    Loony tunes time RL has just stated that DA definitely states
    that he did not buy Petite Nevis. Coming from the same guy who
    definitely stated he owns much, much more land at Buccament.
    If that sort of DD is good enough for RL I suppose it should be good
    enough form the rest of us.

  232. Bob, oh Bob, you are such a nob.

    Dear Bob,
    I need to release some equity from my 1 bed flat, could you do me a Buccament Bay style valuation.

    Must be worth a couple of million, it’s in North Wales.

  233. Anonymous

    Simple solution:
    1 – Gonsalves nationalizes Buccament Bay Resort as reparation from
    the mother country U.K. (This should get him re-elected)
    2 – Turns it into the Garifuna Cultural Center & Recreation Area.
    3 – Stage nightly historical re-enactments of the bestiality that was
    waged against them by the colonial powers.
    4 – Rent the cabanas to tourists that have a taste for self-flagellation
    (of the mental sort).
    5 – Whatever profits are realized send a percentage to the original
    investors (10% less administration)

  234. Still looking for rainbows

    Why would Bob PHIG write such utter crap? My bet, he is no doubt being paid for it, maybe he has a special type of deal?
    By whome is the question…..
    Either way he will join the list of people damaged by the toxic toad.

  235. Come on guys give Dave some credit

    He could have walked!

    We need to be thankful the great visionary is still here fighting the good fight for investors.

    We should be so, so, happy PHIG is around having an even less majority than investors who would rather take no advice…… That says how important he is….. Bob who?

    Bob? said he had 2000 people signed to to his blog, yet he gets about 30 asking for advice – sad old fool.

    Saying that maths is not his strong point as he values Fcukament Bay at £500 million.

    Dave told him to

  236. Anonymous

    Dave Ames – hubris is thy name
    ………a moderate response to the latest HD letter

  237. Dirty Berty

    All going wrong for the little man, he should have left Mystique alone😉

  238. Anonymous

    Investors and rl should be keeping tabs on the companies who advised this.whilst shipleys have given another 6mnths by creditors as on their website some of those same creditors are seeking to dissolve their companies.

  239. HARLEQUINS NEW MANAGEMENT COMPANY THE ISSUES AND THE VALUE OF BUCCAMENT BAY

    A bit of excitement over on the RL: forum.

    Well, lets see, what we have been told from very reliable sources, is that a US Hotel Management Company wants to lease Buccament Bay for a period of 25 years for $5 Million USD per year.

    There will naturally, be a number of break clauses.

    They have agreed to do this on the basis that Buccament Bay will have 368 operational Units.

    Ames has promised this by April 2015, A number of issues need to be overcome first,

    (a) The US Management Company is insured through the US and Buccament Bay will need to be upgraded to include fire supression systems in the Apartment Blocks, Each of the units will need as a minimum 3 Hardwired smoke detectors, A fire main will have to be installed throughout the resort.

    (b) It took Ames 8 years to complete 100 units and 50 apartments, He has less then 12 Months to complete a further 218 units.

    (c) The Hotel Management Company is not comfortable about the ongoing SFO investigation.

    (d) Carol Ames has reportedly signaled her intention to file for divorce against Mr. Ames and this too is causing some issues with the Hotel Management Company.

    (e) The Hotel Management Company is also uncomfortable with much of the current litigation, Purchasers who have or may pursue Harlequin, remember folks this is a lease the Hotel Management Company is entering into.

    THE LEASE

    The Lease is reported to be for a period of 25 years and is reported to be for $5 Million dollars a year, thus valuing Buccament Bay at $50 Million USD and not the USD 420 Million as suggested by the PHIG.

    DO INVESTORS GAIN,

    Well sadly no,

    We have had the figures analysed and deduced that the net room income to purchasers is equivalent to £3,026.00, giving a capitalised value of the units of £30,260.00. rather than the current average of £220,000 being bandied about by Harlequin.

    In other words it will take purchasers some 73 years just to break even on their investments.

    The information supplied to us comes from a number of reliable sources and we have the tapes to prove what was stated.

    Folks you can take what we say with a pinch of salt, if the Due Diligence is released well then the details of the lease arrangement should be contained within it.

  240. Anonymous

    Divorce can be a means of asset protection….. some people eh.

  241. WHERE IS THE CASH GONE?

    Where has the money gone, lets break down the £400 Million or for those across the pond the USD 672 Million, well we have Mrs. Ames stating that her company HMSSE, (HARLEQUIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES SOUTH EAST) took 49.95 %, that is £199 Million, or in USD 335.66 Million,

    Then we have RDC related costs for Buccament Bay of close to £79 Million or USD $133 Million as is claimed by Harlequin,

    We have the litigation costs in the region £6.4 million as are included in the Wilkins Kennedy documents contained on the RL website,

    So we have £284.4 million or USD $477.7 Million accounted for, now all we need do is find the £115.6 Million or USD $194 Million,

    We know where it is, so now over to Harlequin to give it to RL, It is time to cut the Bullshit, Cards on the Table Mr. Ames, time to call you bluff.

    (1) Why not start with the purchaser interest payments,
    (2) then maybe the expenditure on the land,
    (3) The costs associated with the 3 no, thats Three Number show homes at Merricks and the costs associated with the H Hotel in Barbados,
    (4) then the purchase price of the Village Inn, in St. Lucia
    (5) the monies paid to Gary Player, Pat Cash, Andy Townsend, Liverpool Football Club
    (6) and the Harlequin Hotels and Resort Launches,
    (7) Harlequin Air

    We don’t see anything which could be classified as commercially sensitive here, can you?

    and thats really it folks,

    we wonder will it come to £400 Million or USD $672 Million,

    or could it be that the following could be embarrassing to Mr. Ames,
    (8) the Buccament Bay start up costs,
    (9) the operational costs,

    Why are Harlequin being so coy about these figures, what is it that we know that spooks them.

  242. Anonymous

    Do the math – my $350,000 home in Florida sits in a “possible”
    flood area. My water damage insurance (as flood insurance is known,
    and does NOT include fire/wind) is $8,000. per annum. $50,000,000
    in a KNOWN flood plain………YIKES !!!

  243. Anonymous

    Please some “in-the-know” person…..what the hell is the
    Caldwell Judgement?

  244. “in-the-know

    Well, it could be a half a million quid judgement on a certain resort, there maybe others who knows……..

  245. Poor Bob carries the can

    Poor old PHIG being a scape goat for Ames. He never authorized the release confirming BB could be worth £500 million yeah we believe it.

  246. MY NAME IS JUDGEMENT, CALDWELL JUDGEMENT (S)

    Ahhhh The Caldwell Judgement (s)

    You mean Judgement SVGHCV2012/134 Filed in the SVG Court Registrars office,

    Or did you mean
    Judgement SVGHCV2012/134,

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/133,

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/132

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/82

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/83

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/84

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/85

    Judgement SVGHCV2012/110

    Or was it the incumbrance (s) as lodged at the Registry at the SVG High Court.

    The Incumbrance (s) against the registered 19.05 acres,

    H31/2014
    H33/2014
    H32/2014
    H30/2014
    H26/2014
    H27/2014
    H28/2014
    H29/2014

    The ones Harlequins’ legal team did not realise existed, Could these possibly appear in the Due Diligence, Is this why Ames needs 3 weeks to figure out yet another excuse, and is this it????

    No folks it is not, this is just the Caldwell Judgements, there are more loads more,

  247. Anonymous

    @MNIJ,CJS(S)
    Thanks

  248. Anonymous

    So it seems ALL of the common areas are incumbered.

  249. MY NAME IS JUDGEMENT, CALDWELL JUDGEMENT (S)

    There are dozens of cases in SVG where Mr. Ames, Mrs. Ames, Harlequin Property SVG, Harelquin Property Caribbean Ltd, Buccament Bay Resort Ltd, HMSSE……..etc etc etc have been successfully sued and in some cases the registered land has been incumbered, And dozens more in the pipe line, Sorry folks, Ames cant give the trust nowt for owt.

    Ames’ legal team claimed bizarrely that they did not know about this, hence the reason for crawling to RL in order to buy time to wiggle of this particular hook,

    OOOPs Mr. Ames, Looks to us like Check mate, mate.

  250. Anonymous

    Can anyone confirm that Harlequins St. Vincent lawyer Mr. Sam Commissiong has been reported to the SVG bar council for lying in the CLC and Irish case?

    Thank you.

  251. Anon

    Rumor is that Baker Clarke are in the shit too, this bullshit needs to stop. Ames no blaming RL. Time to liquidate.

  252. Anonymous

    Well well, just after RL mention the “Caldwell judgement” on their blog, low and behold details of the “Caldwell Judgement” start to appear on BFP. What a coincidence. Could GF be posting on BFP? Is this what he meant by its time to get serious? Come on Fatchett have the balls to post in your real name. 7 posts in 20 mins, just a tad obvious there.

  253. The Truth

    We wholly support RL but we have posted the Caldwell Info. But dont worry we are going to provide RL with all the ammo they need to destroy Ames.

    Toodle Pips.

    Let the battle commence.

  254. Anonymous

    Does Ames have the option of filing a third personal bankruptcy and
    just walking away?

  255. LATEST UPDATE FROM HARLEQUIN, ITS ALL RL'S FAULT, WE DONT NEED THE TRUST.

    THE FOLLOWING IS THE LATEST DIATRIBE FROM AMES AND HARLEQUIN, OH YEAH WE CANT PROVE THAT AMES AUTHORISED THIS AND UNDER UK LAW WE WOULD HAVE TO PROVE AMES AUTHORISED THIS,

    Dear All,
    We would like to update you on the progress we have made over the last few weeks as things are moving forward at a pace.

    Hotel Management Company
    Further to recent updates. we are delighted to announce that we are now in receipt of a letter of Intent from the leading global five star hotel operator we have been in discussions with recently, which is the start of the process
    of moving the Harlequin business forward.

    Harlequin Hotel & Resorts has designed and built a world class hotel that has attracted keen interest from leading hotel groups around the world. We will continue to negotiate the best terms with the right partners for all our
    resorts going forward.

    Around 13 months ago, Dave Ames travelled around the United Kingdom speaking to thousands of Harlequin’s investors and was asked, “Was there a plan?” The answer to this vital question was and remains an emphatic
    “Yes!” Part of that plan has always been to establish a great hotel before partnering with a leading global hotel operator. In the Chairman’s opinion, this will ensure both the longevity of the resorts and the best possible returns for investors. and also proves that the Harlequin business model does work and that major hotel operators want to work with us.

    As well as working tirelessly to set up the Trust, we are now also in negotiations with major lenders. which has been helped by the ongoing talks with the hotel management company.

    OUR COMMENT; WE DEALT WITH THE HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY IN AN EARLIER POST.

    The Trust Document

    We at Harlequin are disappointed that the Trust has taken longer to set up than we had all hoped; however, please understand that there has been significant progress and work in the background has been ongoing since
    the first draft was presented to us by Regulatory legal Solicitors (R legal) towards the end of 2013.

    OUR COMMENT; REGULATORY LEGAL STATED THAT IT WAS HARLEQUIN WHO DEVELOPED THE DRAFT DOCUMENTS AND NOT RL.

    lt has always been important to us to ensure that the trust documentation has been prepared fairly and at arm’s length to meet the requirements of all investors represented by Harlequin, R legal and PHIG.

    OUR COMMENT; REGULATORY LEGAL STATED THAT HARLEQUIN PREPARED THE TRUST DOCUMENTATION SO HARDLY SEE HOW THIS CAN BE CALLED ARMS LENGTH.

    As part of this process, we jointly agreed to instruct a specialist London law firm with a mandate to prepare a comprehensive document that works for the transfer of security into the Trust.

    OUR COMMENT; ACCORDING TO REGULATORY LEGAL, HARLEQUIN WANTED A SEPARATE LAW FIRM ENGAGED AND FURTHERMORE THIS WAS PAID FOR BY REGULATORY LEGAL AFTER THEY STATED THAT HARLEQUIN DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THIS.

    This has now been achieved and we believe the document is now suitable for all investors to enter into. Unfortunately, draft versions of the Trust
    documents were posted on the R legal blog site before they had been agreed by all parties.

    OUR COMMENT; AGAIN REGULATORY LEGAL WILL STATE THAT HARLEQUIN PRODUCED THESE DRAFT DOCUMENTS, FUNNY HOW HARLEQUIN SEEM TO STATE THEY MAY NOT HAVE AGREED THE DRAFTS WHICH WERE WHOLLY IN HARLEQUINS FAVOR.

    The wordings of the Trust and Waiver documents have now been agreed and are ready to be formally published. In fact, the documents were intended to be signed last Thursday at a meeting with Gareth Fatchett in London; however, R Legal has, in the last few days, decided to delay signing the Trust documentation until its due diligence report has been finalised and sent to its clients.

    OUR COMMENT; REGULATORY LEGAL WERE ENGAGED BY THEIR CLIENTS AND PAID TO CARRY OUT DUE DILIGENCE ON HARLEQUIN, THE DUE DILIGENCE FORMS PART OF THE DECISION MAKING PROCESS ON WHETHER PURCHASERS SHOULD JOIN THE TRUST OR NOT, THIS HAS ALWAYS BEEN THE CASE WITH REGULATORY LEGAL.SO WE ARE NOT SURE WHAT BUBBLE YOU ARE LIVING IN MR. AMES.

    This kind of last minute change in position is something that we have sadly come to expect since engaging with R Legal (against the will of many investors) last spring. For the last six months or so, Harlequin has been directing investors towards R Legal as the provider of the platform for
    investors to enter into the Trust,

    which it is selling (for £200 plus VAT) as the only alternative to liquidation.
    Harlequin does not accept this but remains committed to working with R Legal to put the Trust in place, if this is indeed what the investors wish.

    OUR COMMENT; IF HARLEQUIN DOES NOT ACCEPT THAT THE TRUST IS THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE TO LIQUIDATION THEN MAYBE HARLEQUIN SHOULD NOW TELL US WHAT THEIR OTHER ALTERNATIVE JUST MIGHT BE.AND WHAT DO HARLEQUIN MEAN BY REGULATORY LEGAL SELLING THE IDEA OF THE TRUST. HARLEQUIN HAVE RATHER ODDLY, BEEN TOTALLY SUPPORTIVE OF THE TRUST UP TO NOW, WHY THE SUDDEN U TURN.

    OK LETS FORGET THE TRUST, OVER TO YOU MR. AMES, PROVIDE US WITH YOUR SOLUTION, MOST PURCHASERS ARE ONLY IN FAVOR OF THE TRUST AS A LAST RESORT.

    AND WHAT DO THE MAJORITY OF PURCHASERS WISH FOR?,. EITHER TO GET WHAT THEY WERE PROMISED IN THE TIME FRAMES THEY WERE PROMISED INCLUDING THE RETURNS OR THEIR MONEY BACK. NEITHER OF WHICH MR. AMES YOU CAN PROVIDE.

    R Legal’s stance recently changed to the position that its clients could only make a decision following sight of the due diligence report.

    OUR COMMENT; MR. AMES THE WHOLE PROBLEM IN THE PAST WAS THE LACK OF DUE DILIGENCE ON THE PART OF AGENTS, WHICH ALLOWED SO MANY PURCHASERS TO PART WITH THEIR CASH FOR YOUR ALLEGED ELABORATE SCAM, NOW YOU HAVE A NEW ALLEGED SCAM, WHICH YOU NOW SAY IS NOT YOURS, BUT REGULATORY LEGALS, AND YOU DON’T WANT PURCHASERS TO CARRY OUT ANY DUE DILIGENCE BEFORE JOINING THE TRUST AND WAIVING THEIR RIGHTS. ONCE BITTEN MR. AMES, ONCE BITTEN MY FRIEND.

    This has added a significant pre-condition to the Trust being set-up and operated.

    OUR COMMENT; THE DUE DILIGENCE WAS ALWAYS PART OF THE TRUST PROCESS.

    We understand this position as it is reasonable and we have therefore been working with R Legal to supply information to ensure it has all the necessary information to ensure you, the investor, understand the full picture
    before making what we hope will be a positive decision in favour of the Trust.

    OUR COMMENT; ODD MR. AMES SINCE YOU FEEL THE TRUST IS NOT THE ONLY ALTERNATIVE. SO GIVE US YOUR ALTERNATIVE, SHOW US UP TO DATE AUDITED ACCOUNTS FOR ALL YOUR COMPANIES, TELL US WHO THE MANAGEMENT COMPANY IS, TELL US THE LEASE ARRANGEMENTS, AND WHAT THIS WILL MEAN IN CASH TERMS FOR PURCHASERS. TELL US HOW MUCH YOUR PROPERTIES WILL BE WORTH AS A RESULT OF YOUR LONG TERM LEASE ARRANGEMENTS……… DO TELL MR. AMES, TO ALLOW US TO UNDERSTAND THE FULL PICTURE REMOVE YOUR NDA’S TO BEGIN WITH.

    However, Harlequin was only advised some three weeks ago that a due diligence report was to be sent out to investors and that it contained around 300 pages. Harlequin has been requesting a copy since that meeting.
    Despite countless updates on the R Legal website digging at Harlequin, we only received the 67 page draft report for comment from R Legal last week.

    OUR COMMENT; NOT SURE WHY YOU NEED TO SEE THE DUE DILIGENCE AHEAD OF THOSE WHO PAID FOR IT TO BE CARRIED OUT, YOU HAVE HAD MONTHS IN WHICH TO COOPERATE WITH REGULATORY LEGAL. AND YOU HAVE KNOWN THE TIMELINE FOR THE PRODUCTION OF THE DUE DILIGENCE, INDEED THE DUE DILIGENCE TIMELINES AS SET OUT BY REGULATORY LEGAL HAVE THEMSELVES SLIPPED BY MONTHS, SO PLEASE MR. AMES THIS CAME AS NO SURPRISE TO YOU.

    This report did not include any of the annexures that apparently span the
    remaining 230 pages.

    The 67 page report is strewn with errors and, in our view, lacks balance throughout. We have offered and want to provide R Legal with a full response to the report, but cannot do this without sight of the full report (including the annexures) and unrealistic timescales being imposed as this is a significant undertaking.

    OUR COMMENT; MR. AMES WE FEEL YOU MAY NOT UNDERSTAND THE PURPOSE OF THE DUE DILIGENCE, IN YOUR CASE IT IS SUPPOSED TO BE A WARTS AND ALL APPRAISAL OF YOUR BUSINESS AND ITS ACTIVITIES, NOT SOMETHING TO GIVE AS YOU CALL IT A “BALANCED VIEW”

    lt has clearly taken R Legal months to prepare the Information for the report. We are being reasonable and helpful in offering our services to assist R Legal in providing investors with the most balanced report and expect R Legal to provide time for Harlequin to carry out this work.

    OUR COMMENT; MR AMES SEE OUR COMMENT ABOVE, ONCE THE DUE DILIGENCE REPORT HAS BEEN ISSUED YOU COULD OF COURSE BE GIVEN TIME TO ANSWER QUESTIONS RAISED BY THE DUE DILIGENCE, BUT YOU SEEM TO BE WANTING TO INTERFERE WITH THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE DUE DILIGENCE

    Only this will give investors the benefit of a full response rather than a rushed and inaccurate report.
    We are disappointed that R Legal appears prepared to act so hastily in distributing a report that is not a fair,truthful and accurate account of the information that Harlequin has provided. Our investors must understand that.

    OUR COMMENT; FIRSTLY YOU DO NOT HAVE INVESTORS, YOU ARE THE SOLE SHAREHOLDER OF YOUR COMPANIES ASSETS AND NONE OF YOUR “INVESTORS” AS YOU CALL THEM HAVE ANY SHARES OR VOTING RIGHTS. IT IS AS A RESULT OF THE LIES YOU HAVE SPUN IN THE PAST AND YOUR INABILITY TO HONOR YOUR CONTRACTUAL OBLIGATIONS TO YOUR PURCHASERS THAT HAS YOU IN THIS POSITION.YOU HAVE FAILED TO FILE AUDITED ACCOUNTS AS IS YOUR STATUTORY OBLIGATION YET YOU NOW WANT TO PROVIDE TRUTH AND HONESTY, ITS A LITTLE BIT LATE FOR THAT MR. AMES. YOU HAD EIGHT YEARS IN WHICH TO DO THIS.

    Harlequin cannot be rushed into allowing a document to be sent out that is not a true reflection of the Harlequin business at this time. Harlequin’s supporters at PHIG want the best for investors and even they are now being
    undermined. PHIG can attest to how this process has progressed as it has been involved in all key meetings in recent weeks to ensure the process runs smoothly, with our joint priority being the protection of investors.

    OUR COMMENT; YOU HAVE CLAIMED IN A LETTER TO RL THAT THE RECENT UPDATE FROM PHIG DISTRIBUTED BY HARLEQUIN HOTELS AND RESORTS WAS NOT ACCURATE, NOT A TRUE REFLECTION OF THE HARLEQUIN BUSINESS AT THE TIME PERHAPS, YET YOU HAVE FAILED TO ISSUE A PUBLIC RETRACTION OF THIS DOCUMENT, DESPITE THIS UPDATE FROM PHIG SEEMINGLY UNDERMINING YOU.

    FURTHERMORE YOU STILL SEEM TO RELY HEAVILY ON YOUR RELATIONSHIP WITH PHIG. REGULATORY LEGAL HAVE STATED THAT PHIG HAS NO MORE THEN 48 MEMBERS, 0.5% OF PURCHASERS, SO CAN BE NOW WAY REPRESENTATIVE OF INVESTORS VIEWS, MAY WE ALSO REMIND YOU THAT BOB LADELL IS YOUR BROTHER IN LAW AND THAT PHIG IS REGISTERED TO YOUR SOLICITORS OFFICES ELS.

    When Dave Ames, Gareth Fatchett and Bob Ladell (PHIG) spoke at the investor meetings last year, Dave Ames offered to grant security over the assets that Harlequin owns and could reasonably provide. With regard to blu, St Lucia and H, Barbados, it was agreed by all parties, including R Legal, not to include security over these properties in the Trust because we already had parties seriously interested in being involved with these two hotels and therefore it didn’t make commercial sense.

    OUR COMMENT; THE STATEMENT THAT REGULATORY LEGAL AGREED THAT ASSETS SHOULD NOT BE PLACED IN THE TRUST IS A SERIOUS ALLEGATION, WHY WOULD RL NOT WANT AS MANY OF THE ASSETS TO BE PLACED IN THE TRUST, AS THEY REPRESENT A LARGE CHUNK OF PURCHASERS, THIS STATEMENT IN ITSELF WE FEEL IS DESIGNED TO DIVIDE OPINION AND PLANT THE SEEDS OF DISTRUST AMONG’ST THOSE WHO ARE CLIENTS OF REGULATORY LEGAL.

    We have since revised this position and would like our investors to
    know that we will make concessions if it assists the Trust and the future of Harlequin.

    OUR COMMENT; REGULATORY LEGAL WILL SAY THAT THEIR CLIENTS OPINION FORCED YOUR HAND ON THIS MATTER

    We will continue to try to be as transparent and open as possible with our investors in the joint hope of a bright Harlequin future.

    OUR COMMENT; YOU WILL HAVE TO DO BETTER THEN TRY MR. AMES, YOU AND YOUR WIFE TOOK IN EXCESS OF £400 MILLION OF PURCHASERS MONEY, SO WE THINK YOU NEED TO DO A HELL OF A LOT MORE THEN TRY.
    Yours sincerely,
    Harlequin

  256. LATEST UPDATE FROM HARLEQUIN, ITS ALL RL'S FAULT, WE DONT NEED THE TRUST. PART 1

    THE FOLLOWING IS THE LATEST DIATRIBE FROM AMES AND HARLEQUIN, OH YEAH WE CANT PROVE THAT AMES AUTHORISED THIS AND UNDER UK LAW WE WOULD HAVE TO PROVE AMES AUTHORISED THIS,

    Dear All,
    We would like to update you on the progress we have made over the last few weeks as things are moving forward at a pace.

    Hotel Management Company
    Further to recent updates. we are delighted to announce that we are now in receipt of a letter of Intent from the leading global five star hotel operator we have been in discussions with recently, which is the start of the process
    of moving the Harlequin business forward.

    Harlequin Hotel & Resorts has designed and built a world class hotel that has attracted keen interest from leading hotel groups around the world. We will continue to negotiate the best terms with the right partners for all our
    resorts going forward.

    Around 13 months ago, Dave Ames travelled around the United Kingdom speaking to thousands of Harlequin’s investors and was asked, “Was there a plan?” The answer to this vital question was and remains an emphatic
    “Yes!” Part of that plan has always been to establish a great hotel before partnering with a leading global hotel operator. In the Chairman’s opinion, this will ensure both the longevity of the resorts and the best possible returns for investors. and also proves that the Harlequin business model does work and that major hotel operators want to work with us.

    As well as working tirelessly to set up the Trust, we are now also in negotiations with major lenders. which has been helped by the ongoing talks with the hotel management company.

    OUR COMMENT; WE DEALT WITH THE HOTEL MANAGEMENT COMPANY IN AN EARLIER POST.

    The Trust Document

    We at Harlequin are disappointed that the Trust has taken longer to set up than we had all hoped; however, please understand that there has been significant progress and work in the background has been ongoing since
    the first draft was presented to us by Regulatory legal Solicitors (R legal) towards the end of 2013.

    OUR COMMENT; REGULATORY LEGAL STATED THAT IT WAS HARLEQUIN WHO DEVELOPED THE DRAFT DOCUMENTS AND NOT RL.

    lt has always been important to us to ensure that the trust documentation has been prepared fairly and at arm’s length to meet the requirements of all investors represented by Harlequin, R legal and PHIG.

    OUR COMMENT; REGULATORY LEGAL STATED THAT HARLEQUIN PREPARED THE TRUST DOCUMENTATION SO HARDLY SEE HOW THIS CAN BE CALLED ARMS LENGTH.

    As part of this process, we jointly agreed to instruct a specialist London law firm with a mandate to prepare a comprehensive document that works for the transfer of security into the Trust.

    OUR COMMENT; ACCORDING TO REGULATORY LEGAL, HARLEQUIN WANTED A SEPARATE LAW FIRM ENGAGED AND FURTHERMORE THIS WAS PAID FOR BY REGULATORY LEGAL AFTER THEY STATED THAT HARLEQUIN DID NOT HAVE THE MONEY TO PAY FOR THIS.

  257. Anonymous

    If this “Trust” set up was dragged on until the end of this year would that stop some early “investors” ie; pre 2010 taking legal action? is that the idea? after all we all know what is in those contracts don’t we?

    With regards to BFP One has to wonder why Harlequin are only interested in bloggers after January?

  258. Oh dear

    Time for some nice music

  259. Anonymous

    The intricacies of British law amaze me. How can a law firm which has
    taken money from clients to produce a DD report agree to a NDA with
    the entity that the DD is about. Not being a legal beagle it smacks
    of a GROSS conflict of interest to me. As long as a NDA is in effect
    a DD means nothing. (We know who shot J.R. but we can’t tell you)

  260. Is anyone safe

    We have it from a very reliable source that the firm of Baker Clarke, Harlequins’ newest accountants are about to become embroiled in controversy over allegations that they or one of their senior employees has produced accounts which are on the face of it misleading or worse.

    The accounts of course pertain to the Harlequin group of companies.

    We have been told that the allegations are very serious in nature.

    Well you do not have to believe us, lets just see what happens shall we?

    Is Baker Clarke just another in a growing list of businesses being destroyed by the actions of the Ames family and Harlequin.

    The allegations contained in last nights update from Harlequin suggest that Regulatory Legal have not been playing a straight game with their clients.

    One has to wonder is it really the fault of everyone else? Is Ames so unlucky with every firm he engages with? Is it always down to just plain bad advice on the part of companies Ames engages with.

    We also note that Mr. Simon John Terry remains firmly involved with the Harlequin group of companies (albeit as a consultant,) being cc”d on threatening letters from Harlequin’s inner circle to anyone who dares to tell the truth, we however cant help noticing that Harlequins’ in house legal team is dwindling. Putting fancy letters after a para legals name is meant to demonstrate what exactly? It does not impress us.

    We see Neil Outram Harlequins’ PR Guru is still very much involved, more on this “Gentleman” later.

  261. Just Found This

    Just found this, Hmmmm interesting reading

    https://anonfiles.com/file/654ff97b6d87d236ae999aed92721134

  262. And Just Found This

    And Just found this, Hmmmm even more interesting reading

    https://anonfiles.com/file/20313432a64c2668f9031cb8d469a6d3

  263. Damning Documents Indeed

    see page 9 para 9 of the second download, “……….the Claimants may well be involved in operating a Ponzi-style fraud………….”

  264. Desperate times, desperate measures

    These are the statements that Newman said sorry for. This is the action the defendants settled out of court.

    Very desperate!

  265. Anon

    These are not the defence documents of Newman, these are the defence documents of Wilkins Kennedy and they DID NOT apologise, desperation indeed.

  266. Anonymous

    A very interesting window into the world of Harlequin, no wonder Ames is desperate,

    Ok we had Ames discredit Ridge View stating they stole from him.

    We had Ames discredit Brian Lara West Indies Cricket Captain, when they fell out over the cricket schools. Ames called him an Alcoholic.

    We had Ames discredit DLA Piper, saying they overcharged him and suing them.

    We had Ames discredit Port Vale and suing them.

    We had Ames discredit Alan Bell, Vice President of Harlequin Hotels and Resorts, stating that he stole from them.

    We had Ames discredit ICE Group by stating the stole from him and suing them.

    We had Ames discredit Wilkins Kennedy by stating that the were professionally negligent and is suing them.

    We had Ames discredit BDO by stating that their Qualification Statements in the Qualified and Disclaimed Accounts were wrong and baseless.

    We had Ames discredit Regulatory Legal just yesterday in his update.

    And there are many more examples …………………….

  267. Anon

    Already said. Page 9 in second document says it all

  268. Anonymous

    Burger Flippin B.S.Storey teller (the Harlequin Cabana Hugger) has gone very quiet!! However, now wait for the predictable riposte. LOL

  269. Anonymous

    Methinks I detect a split in the Gaweth , Ames, trust , lurve fest , has little Davy been a dirty little boy and set gwarrethy up for a SRA fall ?…

  270. The DD - Diddy Dave

    A special request

  271. Where's Wally ? Sorry I mean Robert Storey ( Same Difference )

    Storey The Harlequin Cabana Hugger. I like that. There comes a time when even he cannot defend the crap that his his fat little gets up to. Come on Robbie we miss you sweetie

  272. Anonymous

    Wally etc, etc – Robert if beginning to remind me of the Caine Mutiny
    court martial scene Part II on Youtube. It ain’t pretty.

  273. Robert Storey.

    Poor PHIG, the scape goat.

  274. Reg Legal's swollen bank account and broken spellcheck

    Gareth Fatchett has received over £1MILLION from harlequin investors to provide due diligence on harlequin. Quite a tidy sum, even for a solicitor!

    So far that’s bought a couple of unfinished documents riddled with typos and errors that they took down again. It really doesn’t bode well for the rest of their work!

    How much do you think the due diligence cost? £50,000? Maybe £100,000 if you’re really really generous. The rest of the money is sitting in Reg Legal’s bank account for what exactly? Sending emails and chatting on forums! It’s a hard life.

    Watch the Reg Legal videos. They can barely string a sentence together and they don’t even edit the videos to make them watchable. One of them has 2 minutes of black screen at the end!

    Gareth Fatchett is a very very rich circus master. He puts on a show, earns a lot of money and skips to the next town.

  275. Anonymous

    Next ….Ames sues Fatchett…you can bet on it!

  276. MRS/MS GABRIELLA KLIEN OPENS UP A CAN OF WORMS, THATS WHY A LITTLE KNOWLEDGE IS A DANGEROUS THING.

    From Regulatory Legal Forum 14/05/2014

    Gabriella Klein said:

    “I stayed at Bucc Bay in September 2010 when loos were overflowing, because, it was discovered, they were not attached to drains. The nice gardens, which were freshly planted, had to be dug up. Perhaps O’Halloran thought they were building a film set, like the one down the coast where Pirates of the Caribbean had been filmed. But where oh where was the clerk of works? Fantasy and reality can become so easily blurred.”

    ——————————————————————————————————–

    Now we go to the Irish court case transcripts, the issue of the sewage was dealt with in depth by a number of witnesses and all stated that the issue of the sewage system was discovered within the first 48 Hours of arriving at the Buccament Bay site on June 21st 2010 and dealt with at considerable expense prior to August 15th 2010, indeed Harlequin make no reference to there having been any issue with the toilets after August 15th 2010 in their extensive witness statements and cross examinations in 2013.

    And why if Harlequin knew there was a problem with the sewage lines did they open the resort to Guests in August 2010, and why was their not one trip advisor review claiming that the resort had issues with the sewage system in September 2010?

    We have saved the assertions of Mrs/Ms. Klein on the Regulatory Legal Forum, maybe she should approach the ICE Group Lawyers with this information, as this does not tie in with the evidence produced in the Irish Court. Somehow I suspect that Mrs/Ms Klein has involved herself in something far bigger. Sometimes its best to remain silent. Too many eyes looking at Harlequin and too much money at stake.

    But we do have to ask the question what is Mrs, Ms, Klein referring to? Is she referring to the alleged issue of the sewage pipes which Harlequin claimed in court had been addressed between June the 21st 2010 and August the 15th 2010 at considerable expense, or is she referring to the “Sewage Bladders” which exploded (On more than one occasion) in September and October of 2010, the sewage Bladders purchased by Harlequin in July 2010 from a company in Barbados and to which a claim was filed against that companies insurers, the Bladders were to be emptied on a regular basis, but had not been, due to the fact that the contractor contracted to empty them had not been paid. Issues also affected the operation of the accelerator tank f (designed to break up solid waste) from time to time, which meant that raw sewage was pumped directly from the bladders into the sea at Buccament Bay.

    A number of former employees of Harlequin will in a separate action due to be heard soon be giving witness testimony that Harlequin would empty the bladders into the waters off Buccament Bay.

    Section of witness statement to be filed.

    “A 100 mm pvc pipe (white in colour) about 450 mts in length was run from the accelerator tank, behind block 3,2 and block 1 and the restaurants and went into the sea on the left hand side of Buccament Bay about 2-3 meters. as you look out onto the bay, please see photos and map.” ” Sean O Connor and David Campion instructed the pipe to be put in the water ” At one time Sean O Connor paid a local boatman 10,000 ec dollars to load a boat with raw sewage adjacent to the restaurants because the accelerator tank had filled up and broken down. the tank was by passed and the raw sewage from the bladders was pumped into the boat for dumping at sea, at other times no boat was available and the sewage was pumped directly into the sea. This happened for some 10 days in September 2010, the operation would take from 10.00 pm to 05.30 am the next morning.”

    “A number of local fisherman and locals complained to the Chief Medical Officer in St. Vincent and Harlequin were written to in order to stop the practice, and resolve the issue, water samples were taken from the bay on a number of occasions.”

    Day 7 of the Irish Court Case

    Section for the Irish Court Transcripts.

    Q. “Drains carrying sewage from the cabanas had not been installed by the ICE Group and as described below, roadway and landscaping to the rear of the beachfront cabanas had to be dug up and the necessary drainage installed”.

    Is that the case, Mr. O’Connor?

    A. Yes. Regrettably, the beach road photographs that I referred to on my arrival on 21st June 2010 looked quite impressive on the facial visible theme, but during my first 24 and 48 hours being on-site and looking to get the least number of cabanas at least under way we very quickly encountered that some WC’s, some shower trays, the pipework had been blocked with grout and builders’ debris, some of the pipes externally just ran out to the gable end, didn’t go anywhere and some pipes also ran into one or two IT manholes that had been constructed, not into foul lines at all. That is inside out.

  277. Dust Up

    Good job RL have the funds to fight Ol’ Blue Eyes !

  278. Golf buggy

    Do they have wi fi in prison and internet access?

  279. BILLION DOLLAR DAVE, THE MAN

    WHAT A CRACKER OF A VIDEO. WE LOVE THIS ONE, AND WE HAVE LOADS MORE.

    https://anonfiles.com/file/c6ee675d3241bcbc71b8e28c9ca78509

    ITS A BIG FILE FOLKS, SO WILL TAKE A LITTLE WHILE TO DOWNLOAD BUT WE THINK ITS WELL WORTH IT.

    JUST SOME OF THE CLAIMS.

    (A) HARLEQUIN OWN A BILLION DOLLARS OF UNENCUMBERED LAND,

    (B) GARY PLAYER IS BUILDING “HIS” FIRST 6 YES 6 STAR HOTEL AT THE MARQUIS ESTATE.

    (C) GARY PLAYER GOLF CLUBS AT ALL THE RESORTS

    (D) ST. LUCIA MARQUIS ESTATE WILL BE A PGA COURSE.

    (E) HMRC HAVE GIVEN SIPP APPROVAL

    (F) £46,000 A YEAR INCOME FOR YOUR 50%, ALL YOU NEED TO PAY OUT OF THIS IS YOUR MORTGAGE AND OH YEAH INSURANCE, THE GUY SAYS INSURANCE IS VERY IMPORTANT.

    (G) NET INCOME OF £35-£36,000 PER YEAR.

    (H) 70% DEVELOPER LOAN ON COMPLETION (NON STATUS) THATS RIGHT FOLKS “NON STATUS”

    AND YES MR. JONES IS STILL IN BUSINESS, 100%

  280. Can you help me?

    I was thinking of writing a fly on the wall documentary about fraud, dysfunctional families, business failures, and financial f.uck ups.

    Just looking for the right subject matter.

  281. Silly old fool

    Is there a medical term that he suffers from?

  282. 29 QUESTIONS TO AMES THAT HAVE NEVER BEEN ANSWERED

    IN DECEMBER 2011 THE OPP MAGAZINE INVITED READERS TO WRITE AND ASK AMES A NUMBER OF QUESTIONS, THESE QUESTIONS WERE SENT IN BUT NEVER ANSWERED,

    MAYBE SOMEONE ON REGULATORY LEGAL COULD RE POST THESE QUESTIONS ON THEIR SITE;

    OR BETTER STILL ASK HIM DIRECTLY.

    Questions for Dave Ames of Harlequin

    1. Based on the RLB Red Book, posted on the Harlecon site, the income that each investor will receive is a tiny fraction of what your forecasts show. Can you please explain the huge difference between the income you and your agents say will be received, and that shown in a formal report by a reputable firm of Chartered Surveyors.

    2. You’ve publicly stated that you have many (up to 15) offers of commercial funding. Please provide proof of this; I accept that publishing copies of offer letters will be commercially sensitive, so a letter from a reputable English law firm, confirming that they have had sight of the offers, that there are no unusual or onerous conditions and that the offers are current, will suffice. If you can’t/won’t do this, please say why.

    3. You’ve sold land in Jamaica and Brazil that you don’t own.

    a. What has happened to the money raised from these sales?

    b. When will you refund purchasers for properties that now will never be built?

    4. The early contracts for the sale of Merricks were entered into by Merricks Resort Ltd, a company registered in St Vincent & the Grenadines. That company never owned Merricks, yet you signed contracts saying that it was selling a freehold interest in the property. Please explain on what possible basis such contracts can be valid.

    5. Buccament Bay has now been open for over a year (and over six months since the full launch in April 2011).

    a. Have any of the investor contracts for the units that are now open been completed?

    b. If not, why not?

    c. Are any of the investors now being paid their 10% guaranteed returns?

    d. How much is Buccament Bay being subsidised each month? Mark Sawkins claimed $1M – is that about right?

    e. How is “50% net room rate” defined?

    6. With Oasis now not being the hotel operator, how can investors be sure that there is real, genuine transparency regarding operating income on which they will be reliant?

    7. A few months ago, you were selling two Quin or “H” hotels in Barbados. It now seems to be only one, the old Allameda. This has around 50 rooms, yet your agents claim that it will have 70. Where is the extra space coming from?

    8. Where has the funding come from to support Harlequin Air?

    9. The 2010 accounts for Harlequin Management Services (South East) Ltd were heavily qualified by the auditors, BDO. Why were you unable to provide enough information regarding related party transactions to satisfy the auditors?

    10. In those accounts, it is said by your wife and son that around £5m is owed by Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Ltd to Harlequin Management Services (South East) Ltd. As Harlequin Management Services (South East) Ltd hasn’t got that kind of reserves, and never has had, this funding can only have come from purchaser monies. Can you either confirm that this is the case or, alternatively, identify where it has come from?

    11. Will income from each unit be streamed directly to the owner, or is income from units of the same class/type being pooled?

    12. There is concern that you don’t have planning consent and a Crown lease for the building works on the beach/foreshore area at Buccament Bay. Please publish these to allay such concerns, or explain why you refuse to do so.

    13. At the ground breaking ceremony for Merricks in September 2010, you promised that work would begin in October 2010. To date, nothing has been done there. Why? I know that you have recently stated that work will commence, but what is the reason for a delay of over a year?

    14. Your press release rubbishes the various claims on Harlecon, yet has not addressed any of the fundamental accusations.

    a. Are the emails reproduced there genuine extracts from emails you/your company have sent/received?

    b. Is the RLB Red Book the real thing?

    15. Do you have full, unequivocal planning permission for the Marquis Estate? Please provide proof of this if the answer is yes.

    16. There is a legal obligation for Harlequin Properties (SVG) Ltd to produce audited accounts each year. None have been filed since those for the period to 30 April 2007.

    a. Why?

    b. When will your legal obligations be brought up to date?

    17. The newsletters on your site seem to lack a degree of honesty. For example, in Issue 1, on page 4 we are told that 60% of accommodation at Buccament Bay is complete. That is not true even now, so how can it possibly have been true then?

    And if you can’t even be honest on simple, factual matters such as this, why should anyone ever believe a word you say?

    Further examples:

    On page 5 there is confirmation that Two Rivers is 90% sold out and will open in summer 2011. How far has that development has progressed?

    Page 6 informs us that Merricks will be open for Christmas 2012. How far along has that development gone since then? A “show village” is hardly an adequate substitute for the resort itself.

    Issue 2 (July 2008) tells us of the value that Oasis Resorts and Hotels, Globalia and AirEuropa bring as partners in running the resorts. They bring all their experience and travel industry clout. Where are they now?
    Issue 3 (Oct 2008) tells us about the excellent exit strategy to resell your unit. Has anyone sold one at a real profit after taking into account all costs, commissions, etc?

    Page 11 tells us that Trader Vic’s restaurant will be open at the Two Rivers Resort in summer 2009. Again, clearly untrue. So why say it?

    Issue 4 (May 2009) tells us of the launch of Harlequin Hotels and Resorts. Much less made of Oasis in this issue. Page 4 tells us that the Hideaway at Las Canas will be open at the end of 2010. Anyone stayed there yet?
    Issue 7 (October 2010) assures us that the Pearl Galleon is shortly set to arrive at Buccament Bay. Where is it?

    18. Why has issue 6 of your newsletter disappeared from your website?

    19. Where has the funding come from to support Harlequin Hotels & Resorts? I ask as Harlequin’s various websites say only that investor monies may be used to produce such as a hotel manual, and not to subsidise a loss-making company.

    20. Have you paid in full for all the land you are selling or have you entered into any type of deferred or instalment payment arrangement, whether by way of a deed of mortgage or in any other way?

    21. Do you have full funding in place to construct all resorts as sold to date?

    22. Have you got all tax concessions on all resorts reduced to writing and formally agreed with each government?

    23. What management, maintenance and other charges will you be levying on purchasers of units?

    24. What are the issues surrounding Jamaica:

    a. why has the project not gone ahead?

    b. why was it never on your website?

    25. Did you ever sell any properties on a resort in Grenada?

    a. If yes, have full refunds been made to all the purchasers?

    b. If not, why not?

    27. What do you say about your agents claiming that there will be Gary Player golf courses and such like built on your other resorts?

    28. What proportion of a purchaser deposit is retained by Harlequin for payments to agents etc.?

    29. What proportion of each £1 taken as a deposit is actually used to buy the land the resort will be on and to pay for building costs?

  283. Anonymous

    There are those over on the RL site who think they can say what they like, but Fatshit knows they cant. I can for see a huge defamation claim coming up.

    Those idiots totally believe Fatshit has their back. Lol they are even more stupid then they sound, bunch of greedy stupid people now all moaning cause they are not millionaires.

  284. Anonymous

    Can you sue for something said on a private blog? I thought it had to be something said in Public (Ie..where anyone could read it)…Not a legal person, just asking.

  285. ANON

    YES THE BLOG PROVIDER CAN BE SUED UNDER THE DRACONIAN LAWS IN THE UK

  286. CHRIS JONES THE MAN BEHIND THE BILLION DOLLAR VIDEO, THESE GUYS ARE GOING FROM STRENGTH TO STRENGTH,

    The man behind the billion dollar video, Mr. Chris Jones.

    Director Vantage Alliance Limited
    September 2013 – Present (9 months) Chepstow, Monmouth

    Address

    VANTAGE ALLIANCE LIMITED,
    SUITE 3 ARCHWAY HOUSE,
    WELSH STREET,
    CHEPSTOW,
    MONMOUTHSHIRE,
    WALES,
    NP16 5LL,
    phone: 01291 627 433
    web: http://www.vantagealliance.co.uk

    Legal Information
    Company Registration No.: 08698295
    Incorporation Date: 19 Sep 2013
    7 Months old
    Financial Year End: 30 Sep
    Capital: £3.00
    on 19 Sep 2013

    Vantage Alliance Limited is a UK-based company and offer tax and investment solutions.

    We are a team of financial experts totally focused on offering our clients well researched solutions to support their needs. We understand it is often difficult and challenging to find the time to research the marketplace for the latest and most appropriate solutions.

    By working closely with leading counsel, we ensure that our clients have access to the latest solutions in order to grow and protect their personal and business wealth.

    Our service is totally confidential and, as the UK tax and investment regime has become ever more complex, there has never been a better time to consider new methods of building a secure environment to suit your company and individual financial requirements. Our team of experts possess the know-how and experience to assist you in bringing maximum benefits to your business, you and your family, while at the same time ensuring that your arrangements are fully approved and compliant with the law.

    Investor
    Positive Plus Property Investments
    Sole Proprietorship; Myself Only; Investment Management industry
    November 2009 – Present (4 years 7 months) Cardiff, United Kingdom

    Chris is the founder of the Positive Plus Global Investments and is an experienced and successful business owner with a full time commitment to networking with existing and new property investors to maximise on returns with access to an exclusive alternative investment portfolio, which include Overseas properties (Caribbean, Turkey and Italy), Commodity based investments (Oil, Diamonds) and a variety of other structured investment products.

    He can draw on his own experience and the experience of many of fellow investors and have analysed and rejected a numbers of property investment opportunities, both here in the UK and overseas. He understand just what risks can be associated with property investing and how to avoid making them. He only ever presents property investments that he and his associates have invested in together. Their motto being ‘if it’s not good enough for our money – then it’s not good enough to present to you’!
    Ultimate Wealth Member
    Knowledge to Action
    Privately Held; 51-200 employees; Financial Services industry
    January 2011 – March 2012 (1 year 3 months) London, United Kingdom

    Learning pro-active ways to make money make money….happy days!
    Company Director
    Primus Training & Consultancy Limited
    May 2001 – April 2005 (4 years)

    Chris Jones’ Summary

    Chris Jones possesses a serious passion for wealth creation and with his entrepreneur spirit, likes nothing more than to help others achieve their goals of financial security and ultimately financial freedom.

    His career has spanned over sectors which include property, financial services and training/education providing the ideal platform for him to become the alternative investment and forex trading mentor as he is known today.

    In 2004 he became a mortgage broker and quickly began to learn all he could about the world of property and alternative investments.

    During this time his other great passion, Forex trading, also started to grow

    In 2009, Chris established an alliance to help and share knowledge of alternative methods of growing and protecting assets, which included some of the best investment opportunities (also suitable for SIPP/SSAS arrangements) available.

    Following on, Chris become one of the founding partners of The Platinum Trading Academy, the South West’ premium Forex coaching organisation.

    Why is Chris qualified to help you?

    There are several reasons why Chris is qualified to help you but first and foremost is the fact that he practices what he preaches. He never recommends an investment opportunity without first testing it himself and performing extensive due diligence.

    He also makes a rule of getting to know you, understanding what level of risk you would be willing to take in an investment (as after all investments do carry elements of risk) whilst working out what growth on an investment would be required to reach the financial rewards you need to be achieving.

    What should you do next?

    Chris is always happy to speak to new people who he can help, simply use the contact info on this profile to get in touch.

    Specialties
    Chris’s main specialties lie in Forex Trading & Property Investment but also include:
    Training
    Mentoring
    Pension Planning
    Sipp Pensions
    Wealth Creation
    Motivation
    Public Speaking
    Creative Thinking (and Strategy Planning)
    Researching (Performing Due Diligence)

  287. THE VALUATIONS PART 1 889 ROOM HOTEL WITH SPA ISLAND ETC IN 2008 WORTH £200 MILLION STERLING
  288. Fudge Packer

    I note with interest ‘Portly Paul Walton’ is posting emails on the RL forum, in a vain attempt to show Harlequin in a poor light , with one aim damage our investments.

    Don’t investors know he is in league with ‘Fatchops Fatshit’, some say their relationship is a little bit more, err how should I say ‘special’

    I wonder if Walton’s wife, (who he possible bought on the internet) knows about this ‘special trysts’ with Gareth???

  289. THE VALUATIONS PART 2 1264 ROOM HOTEL WITH SPA ISLAND ETC IN 2009 IS WORTH £246 MILLION STERLING
  290. Who trained the taffy?

    The same spiel as Tailormade (in liquidation) Harlequin must have trained them…. interesting point?

  291. Glass houses

    Ever wondered how Walton can afford to drive a BMW and a Bentley Continental?
    Just asking……..

  292. THE VALUATIONS PART 3 150 ROOM HOTEL + 50 EXTRA UNITS WE WILL LET YOU HAVE IN 2011 IS WORTH £143 MILLION STERLING

    AND THE VALUATION TODAY AS PER BCQS, THAT FINE FIRM OF VALUERS IN THE CARIBBEAN, THE VALUE OF THE ASSETS AS THEY STAND, THE 100 UNITS, 50 APARTMENTS AND THE PONDS,AND A FEW RESTAURANTS YES FOLKS WAIT FOR IT ………………..

    £143 MILLION 143 MILLION POUNDS STERLING, YES FOLKS A STAGGERING £140 MILLION, OH SORRY THAT WAS THE VALUE AS OF 2011, SO IT MUST BE WORTH GAZILLIONS NOW.

    The 2008 Colliers valuation, if we divide the number of units by the ascribed total value, this gives us a figure of £252,380 per unit.

    The 2009 RLB Valuation, if we divide the number of units by the ascribed total value, this gives us a figure of £196,820.00 per unit.

    The 2011 BCQS Valuation The Due Diligence one, if we divide the number of units by the ascribed total value, this gives us …………. hang on folks, wait for it, remember the BCQS report is based on Buccament Bay as is, Ames tells us that 100 units are complete, we say give him 150, no lets give him 200, we are generous and he lies any way,…………………………….

    so if we divide the number of units by the ascribed total value we get, and remember folks we gave Ames an extra 50 units………. we get drum roll…………. we get £714,285 pounds sterling.

    If we did not give Ames the additional 50 units the value per unit would be £953,333.33

    This would mean the complete resort of 2,000 units as sold by Ames, at Buccament Bay, could be worth a staggering, mind blowing,and we will give you this figure in United States Dollars, yes in Benjamin Franklins, yes Buccament Bay will according to those pot smoking, acid tripping, crack heads from HARLEQUIN AND BCQS be worth in excess of USD $ THREE BILLION, yes folks that’s 3 followed by nine zeros, USD $ 3,000,000,000 THREE BILLION, THREE BILLION,THREE BIL…………………..

    For fuck sake, just blow me Dave, just fucking blow me mate. Cause everything else you tell me does.

  293. Anonymous

    Anonymous May 14, 2014 at 3:38 pm:
    Obviously B.S. Storey (The Harlequin Cabana Hugger). He’s had his tiny balls chewed off in the RL forum and is extremely sore. LOL

  294. ANON

    We have no idea how Mr. Walton can afford a Bentley or to drive a BMW, he probably worked for it.

    Ames on the other hand claimed in court that he drives a fiesta, lol but that does not mean that through his stupidity and a few little pressies for his family, properties in the UK and his little retreat in Spain,(not verified yet, given that the source chases the dragon on their evenings off from selling Harlequin) and little retreats in Dubai, and did I hear Cyprus (Northern) and his generosity to his much loved agents, has not wasted or helped themselves to at least £240 Million.

    Never mind OZ, the backwater of wandering where Ames struts his stuff as lord of the Manor, Wonder what ever did happen the winery there????

  295. Amesnesia

    I’m suffering from ‘Amesnesia’ – what was the name of the nightclub stumpy has an interest in…….. Nightingale😉

  296. Amesnesia

    Bob Story teller has no balls!!

  297. ANON

    Fudge Packer
    May 14, 2014 at 4:51 pm
    I note with interest ‘Portly Paul Walton’ is posting emails on the RL forum, (AND WE HIS ARAB BROTHERS ARE DELIGHTED THAT HE HAD THE COURAGE TO DO SO😉 )in a vain attempt to show Harlequin in a poor light, (WELL WE TAKE IT YOU DID NOT BOTHER TO READ THE EMAILS BUT IF YOU HAD IT WOULD HAVE DEMONSTRATED THAT AMES, DALLIGAN AND WOLLER ARE PROLIFIC LIARS AND IN THE CASE OF WOLLER WENT OUT OF HER WAY TO MISLEAD MR. WALTON FOR FINANCIAL GAIN, BUT THEN AGAIN GIVEN THAT YOU PROBABLY WORK FOR HARLEQUIN YOU CANT READ😉 ) with one aim damage our investments. (HARLEQUIN IS TRADING WHILST INSOLVENT AND AMES IS A LIAR, SO YOU INVESTMENTS ARE ALREADY UP THE CREEK AND THE WORST IS YET TO COME SHORTY AND YOUR WOMAN😉 )

    Don’t investors know he is in league with ‘Fatchops Fatshit’, some say their relationship is a little bit more, err how should I say ‘special’ (IMPOSSIBLE, MR. WALTON FELL IN LOVE WITH OUR ARAB BROTHERS😉 HE GAVE US TWELVE CAMELS SO WE GIVE HIM LOVE😉 )

    I wonder if Walton’s wife, (who he possible bought on the internet) (NO HE DID NOT, HE BOUGHT HER OF US HIS ARAB BROTHERS, WE GAVE HIM A SPECIAL DEAL) knows about this ‘special trysts’ with Gareth??? (IF GARETH GIVE US 12 CAMELS WE GIVE HIM LOVE TO😉 )

    LOVE IS GOOD, FREE LOVE, ITS THE AGE OF SAME SEX MARRIAGE, BRING IT ON WE SAY.

  298. Odd....

    Is this just another Ames vision?

  299. Anonymouse

    The Harlequin scum return to give the authorities more evidence of foul play.

    Now, remind me, whose fault is it?

    Guardian Newspaper
    DLA Piper
    Singing Pig
    Trip Advisor posters
    Property Tribes
    Pimlico Flats
    BBC Panorama
    ICE
    Ridgeview
    Padraic O’Halloran
    Wilkins Kennedy
    Jeremy Newman
    A handful of disgruntled investors
    Barbados Free Press
    Barbados Free Press posters
    Fatchett
    Paul Walton
    Erica Broughton
    The aggressive investors seeking refunds in the Caribbean
    The CLC claimants
    Investors who’ve been refunded and gagged in UK
    Andrew Drummond
    Port Vale

    Blimey. I can’t think of anymore. Surely that can’t be the only litigation Harlequin have instigated and/or been involved in?

  300. Anonymouse

    How many Cabanas could one build for the money spent on the litigation above?

    Vicious circle, eh, Mr. Ames?

  301. IF REGULATORY LEGAL PROCEED WITH FOS OPTION LIQUIDATION OF HARLEQUIN NOW AN IMMINENT CERTAINTY

    Harlequin are now facing certain liquidation, we will explain in a follow up post,

    Harlequin Investor Group

    All,

    Redress Update

    We have received a FOS adjudication which creates the first glimmer of redress for SIPP investors. The vast majority of Harlequin investors received advice from a non-regulated agent. The pension transfer advice was then provided by an IFA who was regulated.

    In nearly every case, the IFA denies picking the investment and states that all they did was facilitate the transfer. This particular IFA has documents to demonstrate this point which is very clear. Therefore, the claim faced significant difficulties from outset.

    We mounted a technical claim based on the wider duties of the IFA in the context of the COBS rules and the January 2013 Updates. We are pleased to announce that this approach has been supported at FOS.

    The redress calculations are to :-

    1. Obtain the notional transfer values of Mr X’s pension plan if he had not been advised to transfer to the SIPP.

    2. Obtain the current transfer value of Mr X’s SIPP.

    3. Pay a commercial value and take ownership of Mr X’s Harlequin Property investment

    4. The loss would be represented by (2) – (3).

    We all know that the current transfer value is £1 based on the actions of the SIPPs / FCA. This effectively means that the redress (limited to £150,000.00) would put the investor back into the position they would have been had they never invested in Harlequin or transferred their pension.

    Group Claims – SIPP

    Having now managed to persuade FOS that our technical arguments have merit, we intend to widen the claim base and approach to all SIPP investors. If you are a SIPP investor, it would be wise to follow this approach as part of a controlled group process. We have Legal Surgeries in June / July and have received the Green Forms from around 50% of the 3300 or so SIPP Investors.

    We are sending a reminder to those who have not as yet responded in the next few days. We also include the Green Form for you to download if you have not engaged yet.

    Redress -v- Trust Process ?

    We strongly advise that you join the redress process based on this current winning adjudication. We can see no reason why an investor would not do this. With a 9-12 month route to redress, we cannot see any reason not to join the process we are running.

    The trust process for many will become the back up option due to the 5 year proposed waiver period.

    Join Us

    We are confident we can deliver redress to SIPP investors. We want a controlled process allowing all claims to be properly assessed against the above cases judgment. If you have sent your Green Form already, we will be contacting you by the end of May. Our letter will set out the timescales and what actions we are going to undertake.

    If you have not sent your Green Form, please wait for the chaser letter or download the green form from this email or our site.

    Non SIPP

    Our process for Non SIPP Investors will be announced shortly.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  302. HM GOVERNMENT LOOKS LIKELY TO BECOME THE SINGLE LARGEST UNSECURED CREDITOR OF THE HARLEQUIN RESORT COMPANIES,LOOKS LIKE THE TRUST IS BUST.

    Regulatory Legal this afternoon stated the following in their update

    “We mounted a technical claim based on the wider duties of the IFA in the context of the COBS rules and the January 2013 Updates. We are pleased to announce that this approach has been supported at FOS.

    The redress calculations are to :-

    1. Obtain the notional transfer values of Mr X’s pension plan if he had not been advised to transfer to the SIPP.

    2. Obtain the current transfer value of Mr X’s SIPP.

    3. Pay a commercial value and take ownership of Mr X’s Harlequin Property investment

    4. The loss would be represented by (2) – (3).”

    Item 3 above is what is most relevant to the survival of Harlequin.

    “3. Pay a commercial value and take ownership of Mr X’s Harlequin Property investment”

    In simple terms, what Regulatory Legal are stating, is that the FSO (Financial Services Ombudsman), in paying compensation or redress to SIPP purchasers, will on the payment of the compensation take ownership of each of the individuals contracts to which compensation has been paid.

    This then makes the FSO / UK Government a creditor to Mr. Ames’ overseas Resort Development Companies.

    If Regulatory Legal are successful in obtaining redress for all of the SIPP purchasers, some £200 Million in real terms, then what they have done in reality is exchanged purchaser contracts with the FSO / UK Government in return for compensation / redress.

    Somehow we don’t see the UK Government wishing to join Mr. Ames’ trust and most certainly not waiving the right off the “Crown” with respect to their contracts.

    The UK government will have possibly 3000+ contracts which are in default,
    They will go to Mr. Ames and ask him for the £200 Million which is now owed to them, if Mr. Ames says no, all they will need to do is give Mr. Ames’ RDC’s 21 days or whatever period a Statutory Demand takes to enforce, and then they will force the liquidation of the respective RDC’s.

    It must also be noted that the UK Serious Fraud Office is actively looking into the activities of Mr. Ames and his Resort Development Companies, with the UK Government as potentially the largest unsecured creditors we cannot see the UK Government buying into any new potentially “dodgy” scheme which would save the Ames family.

    We also suspect that this could have a large impact on the decision by Shipleys LLP whether to liquidate HMSSE or to allow a CVA to proceed.

    Regulatory Legal have worked diligently to find a solution for purchasers, the recent decision by the FSO as a result of the pressure brought to bear on them by Regulatory Legal has given hope and we believe a positive result for some 50% of purchasers, but it was always going to be a monumental task in finding a solution for all 100% of purchasers.

    So the question now will be, whether those with very promising redress options through the FSO route wish to pursue these options, leaving 50% of Harlequin purchasers up the proverbial creek without a paddle.

    We wait to see what options Regulatory Legal have for those 50% of non SIPP purchasers.

    What is safe to say, is that any hope that Ames would obtain any type of legitimate short to medium term finance, is now just a mere flight of fantasy.

    The Spectre of having the UK Government as your largest unsecured creditor is something which even the Government of St. Vincent would not wish in their election year.

    It was quoted many times that it was “The Trust or Bust”, How time moves on, may be we now can say that “The Trust is Bust”.

  303. PURCHASERS ON THE RL FORUM SHOULD READ THE LATEST POSTS ON HERE.

    The purchasers on the Regulatory Legal forum deride comments on BFP yet at the same time liberally quote and copy posts from here.

    Let us hope they take cognizance of the situation as it is now unfolding and of the recent posts on here, only a fool would ignore the warnings.Then again they did invest in Harlequin.

  304. WEIRD TA REVIEW, GUEST POSTS REVIEW AFTER NEARLY THREE YEARS,

    This review was posted on TA Yesterday, yesterday being the 14th of May 2014, yet the reviewer apparently stayed at Buccament Bay nearly three years ago.

    Me thinks that things are getting desperate.

    “Beautifully appointed, and immaculate.”
    5 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday NEW
    We had the pleasure of staying at this special resort in July 2011. Actually- we arranged to marry there on the QT ! Everything was absolutely wonderful- from the highly competent wedding co-ordinator Janine, that made our day extremely special with Jacynta Whyte and her husband ( West end stars ) singing to us during the service. The flowers were WOW – my wife had concerns before arrival but was most pleased and overwhelmed with the beautiful arrangement. We were made to feel very special throughout our vacation, and had the privilege of mixing with many stars such as Pat Cash, Don Hutchinson, and Andy Townsend on a daily basis.
    The beach front villa (with plunge pool) was spacious very well appointed and beautifully furnished to a very high standard. It was also spotlessly clean.
    I am an extremely fussy eater- having ate at The Cliff and Tides at Barbados, The Atlantic in Jersey, and Berg al Arab, Meat and co, Dubai etc, I have been spoilt for choice, and consider myself quite well travelled. The food was delicious with plenty of choice, and would be made or adapted to your own requirements / needs/ preference at any time of day.
    We felt like we were a part of a small family whilst staying there, and would love to return one day.
    Although it is expanding I hope it continues to have the homely , intimate feel it had when we were there. In our opinion, it is a very high quality all inclusive resort .Congratulations on a wonderful, unique service , that will have a special place in our hearts and memories for ever. Thank you Buccament Bay !

    Room Tip: Beach front villas are exceptional

  305. Interesting list of some 382 contract holders in Buccament Bay Resort Ltd.

    Just found this on the internet just now, some interesting names on here, and a very weird clause at page 3 para 3 and 3.1 An Indemnity clause, Ames was seeking indemnity, I wonder why?

    https://anonfiles.com/file/2cdfe00196187986c513babdf4b1e6c7

  306. Anonymous

    Absolutely love the person who happens to find BB “investor”…. details “on the Internet”. LOL

  307. Bob's the job

    I have been informed that Bob Ladell and Robert Story have a 50% 50% no cash changed hands completion on BB – I wonder if this in fact true?

  308. ANGELA SMITH UK MP FOR BASILDON AND APPARENTLY A SUPPORTER OF HARLEQUIN?????

    Just found this on the internet.

    Harlequin claim that Angela Smith MP was impressed with the Harlequin business model, we wonder if she still is???

    https://anonfiles.com/file/29abd21e97a62fcf82a4001b40b302c9

  309. SOMEONE LEFT SOME DOCUMENTS ON A TRAIN TO BASILDON PART 1.

    We found some documents on a train to Basildon recently, it appears that they are the REPLY TO THE DEFENCE OF THE FIRST DEFENDANT, In the Ames family defamation action against Wilkins Kennedy and Newman.

    We hope the stuff in the reply to the defence corresponds with the information in the due diligence, we will give a copy of the documents found on the train to Regulatory Legal in order that he may give them to Wilkins Kennedy, Newman or the Ames family, which ever of the parties left the documents on the train to Basildon.

    But here is just some of what is contained in the document.

    “Income from investor deposits is not and has never been represented by
    Harlequin to be the sole source of funding for the building of the resorts.”

    “The business model provides for the phased opening of the resorts. Using
    deposits from investors Harlequin builds sufficient common parts, facilities and accommodation in a resort such that it can be opened for paying guests. Once the resort is up and running and generating income the completed accommodation can then be transferred to the investor.”

    “On such transfer the investor is obliged to pay the remaining 70% of the original purchase price. Harlequin thereby obtains additional funds which are available for further construction of that or other resorts. In addition, the value which the construction of the resort adds to the land purchased, and the demonstration thereby that Harlequin can deliver high quality resorts, creates opportunities for obtaining external finance for continuing construction.”

    OUR COMMENT; THE CRUX OF THE PURCHASER ARGUMENTS IS PROOF THAT THERE IS INDEED A FINANCIER.

    “The bona fides of the Harlequin business model are demonstrated on the ground by the money which has been spent in the Caribbean and the achievements which have resulted.”

    OUR COMMENT; CAN THE AMES FAMILY EXPLAIN WHAT THEY MEAN BY BONA FIDES, THE DICTIONARY DESCRIPTION OF BONA FIDES IS “evidence which shows that what you have said about yourself is true”, SO CAN THE AMES FAMILY EXPLAIN BONA FIDES IN THE CONTEXT OF TRADING INSOLVENTLY?

    Most notably, Harlequin has to date spent in excess of US$150m on
    development of the Buccament Bay Resort. Despite serious setbacks outside its control, most notably the fraud perpetrated by its main contractor (the ICE Group and Padraig O’Halloran) and the incompetence (at the very least) of the Defendants, the resort opened to paying guests in April 2011. In addition to the infrastructure, substantial back of house facilities and 110 partially completed units, 120 villas and 50 apartment rooms are finished and ready to be handed over to investors in early 2013. The resort has opened 4 restaurants, an ESPA spa facility, a Pat Cash Tennis Academy, a Liverpool FC Football Academy, a Water Sports and Dive School, a Performing Arts Academy, retail village, swimming pools and kids club. The Buccament Bay resort has recently won two awards for Best New Hotel in the Caribbean and Best Spa Hotel in St Vincent and the Grenadines.

    OUR COMMENT; MOST INTERESTING, MOST INTERESTING INDEED. IN EXCESS OF USD $150 MILLION YOU SAY? WELL WE SHALL SEE ABOUT THAT LATER…..

    In addition Harlequin has refurbished the “blu” hotel in St Lucia, which opened to paying customers in April 2012 and at which 73 accommodation units are due to be transferred to the ownership of investors in 2013.

    OUR COMMENT; ITS MAY 2014, Hmmmmm AND BY THE LOOKS OF THINGS OVER ON THE RL FORUM PURCHASERS HAVE YET TO HAVE THEIR PROPERTIES HANDED OVER IN ST. LUCIA. THE AMES FAMILY WERE VERY QUICK TO SHOUT FROM THE ROOF TOPS ABOUT TEIR FIRST YES VERY FIRST COMPLETION AT BUCCAMENT BAY A FEW WEEKS AGO.

    Very substantial work has taken place in relation to the design, planning and development of Harlequin’s other resort and hotel projects in the Caribbean, as to which see further paragraphs 66-96 below.

    OUR COMMENT; WE LOOK FORWARD TO READING THOSE PARAGRAPHS.🙂

    MOVING SWIFTLY ON;

    Financial statements for the Fifth Claimant for the years ended 30 April
    2009, 2010 and 2011 have recently been filed.

    OUR COMMENT; WHERE ARE THESE FILED ACCOUNTS THAT YOU CLAIM TO HAVE FILED FOR HARLEQUIN PROPERTY SVG Ltd. THE 5TH CLAIMANT. AND WHO AUDITED THEM?

    ARE YOU TELL A FEW PORKY PIES HERE?

    “H” in Barbados, which is due to open in late 2013.

    OUR COMMENT; WELL WAS “H” IN BARBADOS COMPLETED, OR IS IT NEARLY FINISHED?

    There is no “separate contract governing the period after the accommodation was completed”, although the purchasing agreements require the investor to enter into a management agreement with Harlequin to govern the period after completion.

    OUR COMMENT; IS THIS JUST A CLEVER PLAY ON WORDS? IS THE AGREEMENT A GENTLEMANS’ AGREEMENT, OVER TEA AND SCONES OR DOES IT HAVE A LEGAL STANDING LIKE A CONTRACT…………

    The actual figure for dividends and emoluments paid out to the First
    Claimant and other members of his family who work in the Harlequin
    business, including the Second and Third Claimants is around £5.6m.
    This is in relation to 5 family members over a period of 6 years. lt is not
    an excessive figure and represents reasonable and appropriate
    remuneration for their work and stake in the Harlequin business.

    OUR COMMENT; LOOKING AT THE MOOD OF THE PEOPLE OVER ON THE RL SITE THEY APPARENTLY DO NOT CONCUR WITH THE SENTIMENTS OF THE AMES FAMILY ON THE ISSUE OF THE £5.6 MILLION.

    The property which is referred to is in Dubai. For reasons relating to local law, the property was bought in the name of members of the Ames family, but on behalf and for the benefit of Harlequin Properties (Caribbean) Limited. As stated in the 2011 Accounts of the Fourth Claimant “the directors and their family members do not therefore have any rights pertaining to the properties”. The Fourth Claimant has a legal charge over the properties. As such the Dubai property does not represent a benefit to the First Claimant or his family.

    OUR COMMENT; WHO’S MONEY WAS USED TO PURCHASE THE DUBAI PROPERTY OR INDEED SHOULD THIS NOT BE PROPERTIES, AND WHO OWNS HARLEQUIN PROPERTIES (CARIBBEAN) LTD. IS THIS COMPANY NOT SOLELY OWNED BY MR. DAVID AMES AND IS HE NOT THE SOLE SHAREHOLDER.

    lt is admitted that the Purchasers Guidelines do not expressly state that
    some of the deposit received from investors is lent back to investors who
    choose to enter into finance agreements with Harlequin. Purchasers are
    told that the funds which they invest are not specifically earmarked for
    construction of the resort in which they are investing. There is no
    obligation on Harlequin to spell out further to investors precisely how the
    deposit sums are to be used.

    OUR COMMENT; THE LAST LINE SPEAKS FOR ITSELF. AND AGAIN THIS IS THE CRUX OF THE CURRENT DEBATE RAGING ON OVER ON THE RL SITE.

    The First Claimant does not state that investor finance payments are
    paid from “profits from Resort occupancy”, as alleged in the Defence. He
    in fact says the following (beginning at around 1 :30):

    Let’s just say they invest £100,000, what we look for them to do is to
    raise 30% of that, which is £30,000. Now let’s just say that costs them,
    to get a mortgage or a loan, let’s just say it’s £250 a month, what we
    then do, we actually pay that money back to the investor, so the time
    during the build it doesn’t actually cost them a penny out of their own
    bank, we’re actually, the project, the resort is paying for those, those
    payments for them.

    OUR COMMENT; AMES FAMILY YOU STATE THAT THE PROJECT, THE RESORT IS PAYING FOR THOSE, MEANING THE PURCHASER INVESTOR PAYMENTS. SO IF THIS MONEY IS NOT COMING FROM HE HOTEL PROFITS WHERE DID IT COME FROM, SURLY NOT PURCHASER DEPOSITS.

    EVEN MORE REVEALING DETAILS LATER TIME, INCLUDING MORE PROOF THAT AMES WILL LIE TO ANYONE INCLUDING THE COURTS IF REQUIRED. NOW ITS TIME FOR TEA,………………………………….

  310. I spy....with my little eye.

    All those trips to London for Nikki…I wonder what the attraction is? The rather corpulent Mr. Walton lives in the North West???

  311. WHATS YOUR POINT?

    I spy with my little eye, maybe she is having an affair with Chris Corney, maybe she is not???? or maybe she is suing Dave Ames and Carol Ames,

    Oh yeah we can prove she is on the legal team suing Dave and Carol Ames,

    so whats your point?

  312. CAMPION TAKES ONE FOR THE TEAM, OR WAS IT AMES OFFERS CAMPION TO TAKE EVERYTHING FOR THE TEAM?

    David Campion former Managing Director of HD Design Studio, appears to be in a lot of hot water according to documents we have just seen, apparently his company has had rather a large amount of money pass through its books, in a rather bizarre fashion,

    Its ok folks he is a person of interest, We can see his defence now too, Dave asked me to do it, I am just an architect.

    Enjoy Mr. Campion, because from what we have seen, you son are in a whole heap of pooh.🙂

  313. HMRC

    Tax evasion?

  314. Shiver me timbers!

    How long before Ames starts looking for someone else to blame?

  315. CAMPION TAKES ONE FOR THE TEAM, OR WAS IT AMES OFFERS CAMPION TO TAKE EVERYTHING FOR THE TEAM?

    PERHAPS, BUT THATS NOT ALL

  316. Anonymous

    Oh Great Cabana Hugger (B.S. Storey) – Where Art Thou: Our ranks are sorely deleted by your absence. LOL

  317. Anonymous

    Its great to see that BFP is getting its moxie back. Keep it up guys –
    great postings……

  318. Questions

    Can we explore the double or even triple selling possibilities on Buccament Bay?

  319. Anonymous

    Harlequin (Clowns of Distinction): Suffer the consequences of your actions! I for one will not shed one ounce of sympathy for your eventual ( and undoubtable) demise). DA they do (at a price) provide Steredent during any incarceration – to help you grit your teeth). LOL. Then again your an old bird!!

  320. HARLEQUIN FINANCES OUR INDEPENDENT DUE DILIGENCE

    A BREAKDOWN OF THE £400 MILLION PURCHASER DEPOSITS TAKEN BY HARLEQUIN BASED ON INFORMATION WE HAVE AVAILABLE TO US AS PART OF OUR INDEPENDENT DUE DILIGENCE;

    (1). HMSSE / COMMISSIONS 50% £200 MILLION

    (2) PURCHASER INTEREST PAYMENTS 9.5% £38 MILLION

    (3) LITIGATION (TO DATE) 2.5% £10 MILLION

    (4) AMES PROPERTY IN DUBAI 1.25% £5 MILLION

    TOTAL NON CONSTRUCTION 63.25% £253 MILLION

    (5) LAND PURCHASES 10.25% £41 MILLION

    (6) DEVELOPMENT BUCCAMENT BAY ***** 25% £100 MILLION

    (7) DEVELOPMENT OTHER RESORTS 2.4% £9 MILLION

    TOTAL 100.90% £403 MILLION

    (8) PURCHASE OF BLU ST LUCIA * 0.95% £3.75 MILLION

    (9) PURCHASE OF H BARBADOS * 0.95% £3.75 MILLION

    (10) BUCCAMENT BAY START UP** 2.5% £10 MILLION
    COSTS

    (11) BUCCAMENT BAY OPERATING *** 1.9% £7.5 MILLION
    COSTS

    (12) BLU START UP COST**** UNKNOWN

    (11) BLU OPERATING COST**** UNKNOWN

    (11) PAYMENTS TO GARY PLAYER £750,000

    (12) PAYMENTS TO PAT CASH **** UNKNOWN

    (13) PAYMENTS TO LFC **** UNKNOWN

    TOTAL £428,750,000.00

    * HARLEQUIN HAVE ALWAYS REFUSED TO DIVULGE THE PURCHASE
    PRICE OF EITHER THE BLU HOTEL IN ST LUCIA OR THE H HOTEL IN
    BARBADOS. OUR FIGURES ARE BASED ON PRICES COMMANDED AT
    THE TIME FOR SIMILAR PROPERTIES.

    ** BBAY START UP COSTS FROM DATA FROM DESIRE HOTELS AND
    PROCURE IT DIRECT.

    *** MARK SAWKINS FORMER BBAY MANAGER AND HHR VICE
    PRESIDENT ON RECORD AS STATING SUBSIDISED OPERATIONAL
    COSTS AT 1 MILLION PER MONTH.

    **** HARLEQUIN TO DATE HAVE REFUSED TO DISCLOSE THIS
    INFORMATION. .

    ***** £53 MILLION OF CONSTRUCTION COSTS CAN BE VERIFIED £47 MILLION OF COSTS HAVE NEVER BEEN INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED AND WE BELIEVE THAT MR. AMES AND THE RDCS’ HAVE FALSELY ATTRIBUTED THIS FIGURE TO CONSTRUCTION AT BUCCAMENT BAY.

    FINANCIAL INFORMATION SOURCES INCLUDE BUT ARE NOT LIMITED TO THE DIRECT EXTRACTS BELOW FROM CLAIMANTS DEFENSE IN THE DEFAMATION CASE, ALL FILED ACCOUNTS, MANAGEMENT ACCOUNTS, AUDITED ACCOUNTS,DOCUMENTS OBTAINED FROM LITIGATION THROUGH OUT THE WORLD, INFORMATION FROM HARLEQUIN, DESIRE HOTELS, PID, NEWSPAPER, TV AND RADIO INTERVIEWS WITH AMES AND HIS SENIOR STAFF ETC ETC ETC.

    IF HARLEQUIN HAVE AN ISSUE WITH THE FIGURES WE HAVE PROVIDED THEY CAN OF COURSE PROVIDE INFORMATION TO ALLOW US TO ADJUST OUR FIGURES ACCORDINGLY.

    Particular (20)(e) is admitted, save that the total sum spend on land purchases to
    date is more than £41 m. OUR COMMENT; NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED.

    Very significant work has been undertaken, and large sums spent (in the region of £9m), on the development of the other resorts and hotels in addition to the amount spent on Buccament Bay. OUR COMMENT; NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED.

    It is admitted that Harlequin spent significant sums on purchasing land after April 2008: the figure is around £12.6m in relation to the resorts mentioned in the Defence. Further sums have been spent on the blu and H hotels. Such expenditure was entirely proper. lt has enabled, for example, the extension of the original plans for a number of the resorts so as to provide facilities which are even more attractive to visitors and thus likely to provide a higher return for investors.OUR COMMENT; NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED

    In total Harlequin has to date spent in excess of US$150m on development of the Buccament Bay resort. OUR COMMENT; FIGURES ARE DISPUTED AND NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED.

    To the end of October 2012 around US$48m had been spent on further construction at Buccament Bay since the ICE Group was removed from
    the site on 11 June 2010.OUR COMMENT; NO INDEPENDENT VERIFICATION OF THESE FIGURES.

    Several million dollars (the precise amount of which is not admitted) was paid to Ridgeview in relation to its work on Buccament Bay until July 2008 when its contract with Harlequin was terminated. OUR COMMENT; FIGURE PAID TO RIDGEVIEW AS PER HARLEQUIN c $32 MILLION.

    Most notably, Harlequin has to date spent in excess of US$150m on development of the Buccament Bay Resort. OUR COMMENT; NOT INDEPENDENTLY VERIFIED.

    Financial statements for the Fifth Claimant for the years ended 30 April 2009, 2010 and 2011 have recently been filed. OUR COMMENT; AS OF THIS DATE WE HAVE BEEN UNABLE TO OBTAIN THESE DOCUMENTS THROUGH THE RELEVANT OFFICES IN ST. VINCENT.IF HOWEVER THESE HAVE BEEN FILED THERE IS NO REASON WHY THEY CANNOT BE MADE AVAILABLE.

    A NOTE OF CAUTION, WE HAVE THIS EVENING RECEIVED A DOCUMENT PERTAINING TO A VERY SENIOR MEMBER OF HARLEQUIN’S CURRENT ACCOUNTANTS “THE BAKER CLARKE PARTNERSHIP” IN WHICH A COMPLAINT IS BEING MADE TO THE RELEVANT UK AUTHORITIES ALLEGING WRONG DOING IN THE FORMULATION OF SOME OF HARLEQUIN’S ACCOUNTS, AS OF TODAY’S DATE THIS IS CURRENTLY AN ALLEGATION, WE WILL KEEP YOU UPDATED AS AND WHEN ANY FORMAL INVESTIGATION INTO THE ALLEGATIONS IS CONCLUDED. THE ALLEGATIONS ARE HOWEVER OF A MOST SERIOUS NATURE.

  321. Anonymous

    Robert Storey – It is obvious to all who read this blog that you
    have no patience……..tom be tested or otherwise.

  322. Ames and his soon to be divorced Woman

    It is ironic that the legal system that Ames abuses in order to hide his faults will be his demise,

    Apparently Simon Terry has not been a very good teacher, if your going to lie, you need to maintain that lie, not lie about the lie and even going so far as not to lie about the lie thats about the lie.

    Commissiong who is an accomplished liar has fallen foul of his lies. Yes Commssiong see Europe ain’t like it is back home.

    And Ames your time will come very very soon, you really know how to endear your self to your adoring public don’t you.

    We are looking forward to Neil Outrams little piece of magic tomorrow evening.

  323. Anonymous

    AahstbdW – Wow, can hardly wait.

  324. Stun Gun

    Harlequin is collapsing, the Ames family imploding – what goes around come around.😉

    Those plonkers that work for Harlequin – who will give them a job? The Stenning family with half a brain cell each😉

  325. Shallow end of the gene pool

    Maybe they could afford to take a bit of time out ……. Ames is a good payer and they earned ,well lots of cash . Majorca is nice at this time of year especially the luxury villas eh Dan?….

    You can have a “stunning ” time .

  326. Anonymous

    @ Persil . David Campion does.

    Poor Campion has been fed to the wolves by Ames and Jim Baker😉

    Sorry I must apologise to Jim Baker, a staff member has just pointed out to me that Jim has qualified the “Accounts” he has provided, by stating that all the information provided to him was provided by Harlequin, thus he is relying on their “Honesty and Integrity” glad to see this, as this might be a defence for his senior employee.

    Sorry one more thing, one of my forensic staff members has just pointed out that you could drive a bus through the, and I quote “the wholly incomplete rubbish produced by Baker Clarke”.

    Jim, Mr. Campion we have taken the liberty of passing on the information to the SFO and NCA.

    Jim you know you cant just create money, only mafia guys do this in movies, if you could everyone would do it and you would have world chaos.

    The “good work” you have done for Mr. Ames and young Campion could have been pulled from the Script of the Wolf from Wall Street, Scarface or indeed the Shawshank redemption.

    Jim have you not noticed the trail if destruction left by Ames. I assume you also had a hand in the formulation of the filed accounts for HPSVG the ones up to 2011?

    Jim we will publish your accounts, of that you can be assured, so maybe its time to give a more detailed explanation of your qualification of any accounts you have done for Ames.😉

  327. WE SMELL A VERY BIG RAT, WAS AMES REALLY THE VICTIM OF ADVANCED FEE FRAUD OR JUST LYING THROUGH HIS TEETH.

    THE FOLLOWING IS TAKEN DIRECTLY FROM HARLEQUINS’ AND THE AMES FAMILY REPLIES TO THE FIRST DEFENDANT IN THE DEFAMATION CASE.

    lt is denied that the First Claimant made the false claim referred to. In an affidavit dated 29 September 2010, made in proceedings brought by the Fifth Claimant and Harlequin Hotels and Resorts Limited against Mr O’Halloran’s then girlfriend, the First Claimant stated as follows:

    “I have secured a loan of €140m which, on completion of the resort, will be used for the mortgages for investors to pay the 70% sum that will be due to the Claimants under its agreement with its clients. As of today’s date this loan has not been drawn down”.

    The First Claimant was referring in that paragraph to a loan agreement between the Fifth Claimant and Tecnopanel International FZE (“Tecnopanel”), a company based in the United Arab Emirates, entered into on 22 June 2010. Pursuant to the agreement in return for an €40,000 arrangement fee Tecnopanel agreed to provide a loan of €140m for a period of 10 years at an interest rate of 8% per annum.

    In the event Tecnopanel defaulted on the agreement and the sums promised were never paid over, although as of 29 September 2010, the First Claimant remained hopeful that the promised loan would be forthcoming.

    OUR COMMENTS; WE SMELL A RAT. TECNOPANEL INTERNATIONAL FZE AS A COMPANY DOES NOT EXIST NEVER HAS.

    THE ONLY GOOGLE INFORMATION IS THAT THEY ARE A SCAM COMPANY.

    SO WE HAVE AMES 11 DAYS AFTER HE ACCUSES ICE GROUP OF ROBBING HIM OF MILLIONS HANDING OVER $40,000 USD TO A COMPANY THAT DOES NOT EXIST,

    LETS NOT FORGET THAT AMES HAD EMPLOYED CARTER RUCK, NABARRO AND COUNTLESS OTHER IN HOUSE LAWYERS AT THIS STAGE AND NOT ONE OF THEM DID A CURSORY CHECK TO SEE IF THIS COMPANY ACTUALLY EXISTED.

    GIVEN THAT THE COMPANY DID NOT EXIST, AMES OR HARLEQUIN COULD HAVE WRITTEN THE LETTER OF INTENT THEMSELVES, YEAH OF COURSE IT WOULD LOOK GOOD, TO A PRIME MINISTER PERHAPS OR TO A COURT, YEAH WE HAVE FINANCE HERE IS THE LETTER OF INTENT, SO WE ARE NOT INSOLVENT.

    AND NO ONE COULD CHECK IT BACK BECAUSE THE COMPANY DOES NOT EXIST.

    BUT WHY DID WE NEVER HEAR ABOUT THIS? AMES LOVES TO GIVE US GOOD NEWS, HE CLAIMED HE HAD “SECURED” A LOAN, QUOTE “”I have secured a loan of €140m”,

    GIVEN THE LITIGIOUS NATURE OF AMES WHY HAS HE NOT PURSUED THIS COMPANY OR THE ALLEGED WOMAN BEHIND THE COMPANY WHO IS LIBERALLY REFERRED TO ON THE INTERNET.

    WHAT YOU MIGHT NOT KNOW IS THAT HARLEQUIN USED FORGED OR ALTERED DOCUMENTS IN THE ORIGINAL CASE AGAINST THE ICE GROUP ON JUNE 11 2010.

    KMPGs’ FORENSIC UNIT FROM PRAGUE WAS ENGAGED BY ICE TO EXAMINE A NUMBER OF DOCUMENTS THAT AMES AND HARLEQUIN CLAIMED CAME FROM THE ICE GROUP AND MR. O’ HALLORAN.

    KPMG DEDUCED AFTER EXAMINING ICE GROUP COMPUTERS AND SERVERS, THAT THE DOCUMENTS PROVIDED BY HARLEQUIN AND AMES WERE FRAUDULENT AND FORGED AND DID NOT COME FROM ANY COMPUTERS OR SERVERS CONNECTED TO THE ICE GROUP OR MR. O’ HALLORAN,

    HOWEVER THEY WERE NOT ABLE TO LINK HARLEQUIN OR AMES DIRECTLY TO THE FRAUDULENT OR FORGED DOCUMENTS.
    .
    IT IS OUR OPINION THAT THE LETTER OF INTENT THAT AMES REFERS TO IN HIS DEFENSE IS HIGHLY SUSPECT ESPECIALLY IN THE CONTEXT OF THE FRAUDULENT AND FORGED DOCUMENTS WHICH SURFACED AT THE SAME TIME.

    IT WAS ONE OF ICE GROUPS CLAIMS IN THE LITIGATION THAT COMMENCED ON JUNE 11 2010 THAT AMES AND HIS COMPANIES WERE TRADING INSOLVENTLY, YET ON THE 22nd OF JUNE AMES OBTAINS A LETTER OF INTENT FOR 140 MILLION EUROS.

    MORE ON THE MANY ABORTED FINANCE ATTEMPTS BY AMES AND HARLEQUIN LATER.

  328. ANONYMOUS

    Just demonstrates that Ames really had no regard for investors money. So Tecnopanel joins a long list of companies and individuals who have gone all out to defraud Ames, hmmmmm I dont think so, just more Ames bullshit.

  329. Anonymous

    Would somebody please post a first (1st) thru fifth (5th)
    claimant guide…….I am confusing myself – thanks-

  330. ANONYMOUS

    Claim No. HQ12D03139

    Claimants

    (1) DAVID AMES
    (2) CAROL AMES
    (3) DANIEL AMES
    (4) HARLEQUIN MANAGEMENT SERVICES (SOUTH EAST) LIMITED
    (5) HARLEQUIN PROPERTY (SVG) LIMITED

    Defendants

    (1) JEREMY NEWMAN
    (2) MARTIN MACDONALD
    (3) WILKINS KENNEDY LLP

  331. Anonymous

    Anon to Anon – Really appreciate that !!

  332. The Pack

    The wolves are circling Ames, it’s over and he will take a number of people down with him.

    Not long left.🙂

  333. Always blame someone else Dave

    Who will stumpy blame next?

  334. Anonymous

    Probably Al Gore for inventing the internet…….or so they say!

  335. I sry with my little eye.

    Was that Mr. Walton seen leaving a central London Hotel? His wife must be away on a business trip……

    I wonder if she knows?

  336. Cumupance

    When will Ames finally realize he is pissing in the wind? He will lose the lot and end up in prison. This is a fact.

    I do find the inactivity of the police and SFO frustrating.

    Ames will have blood on his hands.

    Life has a funny way of paying you back.

    Was it really worth it?

  337. Anonymous

    I wonder how long it will take for the “secure” RL blog to
    be totally hacked?

  338. THE HARLEQUIN STATEMENT TO BBC PANORAMA MARCH 2013. MORE ON THE HARLEQUIN FINANCES; PART 1 OF OUR IN DEPTH ANALYSIS

    THE FOLLOWING (SEE LINK) IS A STATEMENT SENT TO THE BBC PANORAMA BY HARLEQUIN IN MARCH 2013.

    WE HAVE TAKEN EXTRACTS FROM THE ATTACHED STATEMENT AND ADDED OUR COMMENTS BELOW.

    HARLEQUIN / AMES APPEARS TO SHARE FINANCIAL INFORMATION WITH ORGANISATIONS WHEN IT SUITS HIS AGENDA BUT AS USUAL HIS STATEMENT IS REPLETE WITH, WE WILL, OR WE ARE IN THE PROCESS OF OR WE ARE ABOUT TO, MAKEOF THIS AS YOU WILL.

    https://anonfiles.com/file/4ea58e3b9ebbda9b594699ca82895810

    Statement to Panorama in response to the points raised on 15th February 2013

    By way of opening remark; we note that in your long email of 15 February you refer to documents “lodged at the Royal Courts of Justice”. We assume, but ask you to confirm, that you are referring to the pleadings in the libel proceedings brought by Harlequin Management Services (South East) Ltd (HMSSE) and others against Jeremy Newman, Wilkins Kennedy and Martin MacDonald. If so, then you will be aware that HMSSE and the other Claimants have filed substantial Replies to the two Defences which have been served.

    HMSSE’s Replies contain considerable detail on Harlequin’s business model and on various of the other matters which you have raised. As such we suggest that you consider all of these documents carefully. You will no doubt have been advised that if you wish to broadcast any of the allegations made by the Defendants in those proceedings then this must be done to give a fair and balanced view of the respective cases (see lrfan Qadir -v- Associated Newspapers).

    Harlequin Property is the UK sales agent for a number of Caribbean companies which own land in that region for the purpose of developing five star resorts.
    OUR COMMENT; WHEN THIS STATEMENT WAS SENT TO THE BBC, MRS CAROL AMES AND MR. DAN AMES WERE NEGOTIATING THE ADMINISTRATION OF HARLEQUIN.

    Harlequin’s Business Model
    The business model relies on the sale of properties on an off plan basis to individuals and, more recently, Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs). Purchasers are required to pay a 30% deposit for the property from which Harlequin Property takes a commission. This commission is distributed to the external sales agents involved in the sale with a proportion of the commission retained by Harlequin Property which is used to cover marketing material and administration costs etc. The commission rates are in line with industry practice for the sale of overseas property. Harlequin’s purchaser guidelines, which appear on the Harlequin Property website, set out how payments from purchasers are used. Unless the purchaser elects to make stage payments, the remaining 70% is to be funded by the purchaser on completion and transfer of the property.

    OUR COMMENT; WE HAVE RARELY IF EVER HEARD OF A COMMISSION OF 50% OF THE AMOUNT PAID AS BEING IN LINE WITH INDUSTRY PRACTICE FOR OVERSEAS PROPERTY.

    Harlequin Property has accepted sales in relation to a number of resorts in the Caribbean and fully accepts that it has only opened two resorts/ hotels to date (the second being a hotel in St Lucia) and while there are people suggesting that deposits have been taken to build 6000 holiday homes, this is in fact not the case. Firstly, it has to be understood that the properties being sold are not holiday homes. They are in fact investment properties which are to form part of a hotel complex. The intention is that the purchasers will each receive an income from the hotel operation. The second misconception is that the payments received are purely used to construct the individual units. It must also be understood that the proportion of the deposit sent to the Caribbean is used to develop the resorts as a whole and includes design costs, planning applications, environmental studies, development of resort infrastructure, fixtures and fittings, plus the construction of common areas, resort facilities and the properties themselves.

    OUR COMMENT; THE PROPERTIES ARE BEING SOLD AS FREEHOLD, AND NOT AS PART OF THE HOTEL OPERATION, THIS IS SUBJECT TO A SEPARATE MANAGEMENT AGREEMENT.

    Harlequin still relies on the 70% balance to develop further resorts and has experienced delays in purchasers confirming funds are available to complete on properties in this difficult economic climate.

    OUR COMMENT; THIS STATEMENT CANNOT HAVE BEEN TRUE AT THE TIME GIVEN THAT THE FIRST COMPLETION ON A PROPERTY WAS ANNOUNCED IN APRIL 2014 A FULL YEAR LATER.

    As the Reply in the libel action summarises, the intention is to use the money due on the completion of the properties to build further properties at Buccament Bay and the other resorts in the Caribbean. That said, Harlequin is in discussions with external lenders with a view to securing finance to speed up the construction process and avoid further delays for purchasers.

    OUR COMMENT; YOU ALWAYS STATE YOU ARE IN DISCUSSION WITH FUNDERS.

    Overseas Companies
    It is accepted that Harlequin’s financial details are not as the group of companies would like but every effort is being made to rectify this. Harlequin has now filed accounts in St Vincent for Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd (the company which owns the Buccament Bay Resort and the Merricks Resorts land in Barbados) for the years 2007, 2009, 2010 and 2011. The 2008 accounts have now been completed and are ready to be filed. The 2012 accounts are in draft form and will be filed very shortly.

    OUR COMMENT; GIVEN THAT YOU CLAIM THE ACCOUNTS FOR 2007,2009 2010 AND 2011 FOR HARLEQUIN PROPERTY (SVG) LTD HAVE BEEN FILED THEN YOU SHOULD HAVE NO ISSUE IN PROVIDING THEM.

    HOWEVER WE FIND IT ODD THAT YOU HAVE FILED THE 2009, 2010 AND 2011 ACCOUNTS WHILST STILL PREPARING THE 2008 ACCOUNTS.

    Harlequin Developments (SVG) Ltd is a non-profit making business that was established in July 2010 to take over the management of the construction of the Buccament Bay Resort following the removal of Padraig O’Halloran’s ICE Group Ltd from site. Mr O’ Halloran and his ICE group of companies are currently defendants in proceedings in St Vincent and the Grenadines, Barbados and Ireland relating to breach of the construction contract for Buccament Bay Resort and fraudulent misappropriation of in excess of US$13 million. In June 2010 Harlequin obtained a restraining order and a freezing injunction against Mr O’ Halloran and his companies which remains in force in St Vincent and a further freezing order remains in force in Barbados in relation to Mr O’ Halloran’s purchase of a private jet and a plant and equipment company in Barbados using funds from Harlequin that were intended for construction at Buccament Bay. With the removal of the building contractor, it was necessary to put in place a company to enable the construction to continue so the resort could open and not disappoint the guests who were booked to arrive. The annual accounts and annual returns for this company are currently being prepared for filing in St Vincent.

    OUR COMMENT; WHERE ARE THESE ACCOUNTS AND ANNUAL RETURNS, FROM DOCUMENTS AND ACCOUNTS EXAMINED PERTAINING TO THIS COMPANY, WE HAVE BEEN TOLD THAT HARLEQUIN DEVELOPMENTS WAS HEMORRAGING MONEY. BAKER CLARKE PRODUCED THIS INFORMATION AND BIZARRELY SEEM TO SUGGEST THAT SOME USD $110 MILLION WENT THROUGH THIS COMPANY, IF THIS IS WRONG CAN HARLEQUIN AND BAKER CLARKE EXPLAIN THE FIGURES THAT HAVE BEEN SEEN.

    Buccament Bay Resort Ltd is the hotel operating company which runs the resort in St Vincent. From 2005 until 2010, when the resort opened, the company was dormant and the accounts exist for this period. The accounts for the period 2010 -2012 are currently being prepared and will be filed in the near future together with the annual returns.

    OUR COMMENT; IT IS NOW NEARLY 14 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE LETTER TO THE BBC, WHERE ARE THE ACCOUNTS FOR THIS COMPANY.

    Harlequin Property Brazil (SVG) Ltd was a dormant company until 2009 when it was used to enter contracts in relation to the purchase of property in Brazil. Due to a lack of due diligence material provided by the seller of the land in Brazil prospective purchasers were offered a refund or relocation to another resort. The accounts for this company are currently being prepared for filing in St Vincent.

    OUR COMMENT; IT IS NOW NEARLY 14 MONTHS FROM THE DATE OF THE LETTER TO THE BBC, WHERE ARE THE ACCOUNTS FOR THIS COMPANY.

    As soon as all of the accounts have been filed in the relevant jurisdictions, Harlequin will be happy to provide copies. It is not appropriate to forward draft accounts until they have been checked by Harlequin’s external accountants.

    OUR COMMENT; ARE BAKER CLARKE HARLEQUINS’ EXTERNAL ACCOUNTANTS?, IF SO WHY HAVE THE QUALIFIED THEIR FINANCIAL INFORMATION BY SAYING THEIR EXERCISES ARE BASED ON INFORMATION PROVIDED BY HARLEQUIN? AND WHY IS ALL THE FINANCIAL INFORMATION ALLEGEDLY THE SUBJECT OF AN NDA?

    The table below shows how the funds received from purchasers have been spent at the different overseas resorts

    OUR COMMENT; SEE ATTACHED PDF.

    Please note that the figures stated above in the “Value” column, with the exception of Buccament Bay Resort, are “at cost figures” and do not include any allowance for uplift resulting from the grant of planning permission, tax concessions, etc.

    OUR COMMENT; THE COST COMES TO £148,845,282.00 WE MUST ADD TO THIS THE FOLLOWING, PURCHASER INTEREST PAYMENTS £38 MILLION, LITIGATION £10 MILLION, THE DUBAI PROPERTIES £ 5 MILLION, THE COSTS ASSOCIATED WITH HARLEQUIN AIR, GARY PLAYER, PAT CASH, LFC, ANDY TOWNSEND, THE $1 MILLION PER MONTH PUMPED IN TO BUCCAMENT BAY BY HARLEQUIN, WHEN YOU ADD THESE FIGURES THEY COME TO IN EXCESS OF £210 MILLION.

    Harlequin Management Services {South East) Ltd

    …………………………………………………….. OUR COMMENT; PLEASE REFER TO PDF FOR NARRATIVE.

    It is completely incorrect to suggest the accounts are deliberately opaque in order to hide the flow of funds. When the accounts are brought up to date, they will show exactly how the funds have flowed and that there is no form of fraud being operated. Harlequin Management Services {UK) Limited has been a profitable selling agent for the overseas resort development companies and there is nothing unusual about shareholders taking dividends. Mr Ames has not taken a salary or dividends from any other overseas company in the Harlequin group and the Ames family has been open about the dividends it has taken in the UK.

    OUR COMMENT; MRS CAROL AMES AND MR. DAN AMES WERE FULLY AWARE THAT HMSSE WAS ABOUT TO ENTER AN ADMINISTRATION PROCESS WHEN THIS LETTER WAS WRITTEN TO PANORAMA, THE ACCOUNTS FOR HMSSE THEREFORE HAVE NEVER BEEN BROUGHT UP TO DATE

    Properties were bought in Dubai as investments with the knowledge of Wilkins Kennedy. These were indeed bought in the names of the Ames family but were held on trust for a group company.

    The status of these properties is made clear in HMSSE’s published accounts.

    In light of the concerns that have been raised about these properties, some of these properties have been sold and the others are for sale. The proceeds of sale for those sold to date have been sent to the business in accordance with a charge agreement dated June 2011. The properties in Dubai have been rented out and any rental income received had been sent to the business after payment of service charges and other associated costs for the properties.

    OUR COMMENT; WITHOUT ANY ACCOUNTING THE ABOVE STATEMENT CAN BE DISMISSED.

    Land Purchase and Planning Permission
    Harlequin owns significant land in the Caribbean and has only sold property on land prior to acquiring an interest on that land when this fact is made clear to purchasers by way of a purchase contract such as in Brazil when the preliminary sales contract contained a clear statement that the land had not been purchased and the due diligence was being carried out. The planning process can take some time in the Caribbean which has caused some delays. This is not a fact that Harlequin has concealed and updates to purchasers have openly addressed planning progress in the region.

    Buccament Bay Resort- St Vincent and the Grenadines

    LAND: In 2005, Dave Ames was in negotiations to purchase 26.4 acres of land at the Buccament Bay Resort in St Vincent from the SVG Government. An agreement was entered into on 15th March 2006 by Harlequin Property (SVG) Ltd to purchase the 26.4 acres of land.

    The Government then indicated that it in fact only owned title to 19.05 acres. The purchase of the 19.05 acres proceeded and the registration of the land was effected some time later following receipt of Dave Ames’s Aliens Landholder Licence and checks on Dave Ames and Harlequin by the St Vincent Government. A further 18.11acres has been purchased subsequently and is awaiting registration.

    OUR COMMENT; AS OF MARCH 2013 AMES ACKNOWLEDGES THAT HE OR HARLEQUIN OWNS 37.16 ACRES, IN 2009 AMES’ LAWYER SAM COMMISSIONG STATED THAT HARLEQUIN OWNED SOME 70 ACRES FEE SIMPLE, AMES REFERS TO THE AQUISITION OF 100 ACRES IN HIS PROMOTIONAL VIDEO, YET THEY ADMIT TO PANORAMA THAT THEY HAVE 37.16 ACRES 18.11 ACRES OF THIS AS OF TODAYS DATE HAS YET TO REGISTERED.

    YET RL TELL US THAT AMES HAS SOLD SOME 2000 PROPERTIES ON BUCCAMENT BAY.

    IF THESE PURCHASER UNITS WERE CONSTRUCTED AT BUCCAMENT BAY WITHOUT ANY COMMON PARTS WHATSOEVER BUILT SIDE BY SIDE, NO GARDENS, PATHS, COMMON AREAS, FOOTBALL PITCHES, RESTAURANTS, POND, POOLS, PLUNGE POOLS, SPAS, SHOPS,TENNIS COURTS, CRICKET AREAS, BACK OF HOUSE, OFFICES, STORAGE, ETC,, AND ALLOWING FOR SIX APARTMENT BLOCKS, FIVE FLOORS TALL WITH THREE HUNDRED APARTMENTS, AMES / HARLEQUIN WOULD NEED 48 ACRES, YET THEY ADMIT TO OWNING ONLY 37.16 ACRES, SO WE CAN SAFELY SAY THAT MR. AMES / HARLEQUINS’ STATEMENT ABOVE WITH REFERENCE TO SELLING UNITS ON LAND THEY DO NOT OWN AS UTTER HOGWASH.

  339. IS SAM COMMISSIONG DOING STUPID THINGS AS A RESULT OF PRESSURE FROM HIS CLIENTS MR. AMES AND HARLEQUIN.

    Sam Commissiong attorney for Harlequin made a little mistake in 2002, see the link

    https://anonfiles.com/file/4be912a864b8034a2c716d0236091f24

    Some Quotes from 2002,

    Sir Henry Forde, Q.C., Commissiong’s senior counsel, urges upon the court that Mr. Commissiong made an error of judgment under the stress of a busy legal practice, in neglecting to indicate on the document that it was as ample, not a valid document.

    It is said on behalf of Commissiong that under the stressful conditions of legal practice, lawyers under pressure from their clients sometimes do stupid things. However, the principle adumbrated in Forde that the court must “by steady pressure of authority keep its legal advisers to the line of their duty” must override.

    In the circumstances of this case, we are of opinion that the appropriate penalty is a fine of $5000.00, to be paid within 30 days, and that the Barrister Samuel E. Commissiong pay the costs of these proceedings, to be agreed or assessed.

    It appears that Mr. Commissiong may again have done stupid things in the CLC Case and Irish case, now again will this be put down to pressure from his clients Mr. Ames / Harlequin????????

    Apparently he gave the UK Court and Irish court conflicting evidence as to what land was owned by Ames / Harlequin, even though he acted for Ames / Harlequin in the matter of purchasing these lands, furthermore his evidence apparently conflicted with that provided by Mr. Ames himself, it is worth noting that Mr. Commissiong is also the St. Vincent & The Grenadines Land Registry attorney.

    A formal complaint was lodged with the President of the St Vincent and the Grenadines Bar Association in April 2014, it will be interesting to see what if any action will be taken against Mr. Commissiong or if indeed the complaint will be upheld.

  340. Anon

    I understand that UK purchasers paid deposits to HMSSE for their purchases but how did Mr. Ames US clients pay?

  341. Anon

    Looks like Ames may have threatened RL, When will the authorities move to shut this down finally?

    Harlequin Investor Group

    All,

    The forum on the http://www.harlequininvestortrust.ning.com site is now open.

    Can we ask that clients use this forum from now on. It is important that we do this, so that our advice and comments are protected by legal privilege.

    We will not be commenting on the current site forum any further and it will be closed shortly.

    Regulatory Legal Solicitors

  342. Anon

    Andy Oates on the RL forum just asked if there is ever any good news on BFP, yeah Andy we are sure there is, but not about Ames and Harlequin,

    You guys are gone very quiet over on the RL forum…………
    😉

  343. Good News

    Yes Andy – Good news that the DD will be released soon and all wlil be revealed.. seeing the end to any trust involving Ames

  344. Dr. Watson

    Mrs Ames claims depression, already been to the quack.
    Mr Ames what’s the betting he will claim he is insane?

  345. Dr. T Cain

    I have been asked to try and explain Mr. Ames behavior.

    Delusional disorder, previously called paranoid disorder, is a type of serious mental illness involving psychosis. Psychosis is the inability to tell what is real from what is imagined. The main feature of delusional disorder is the presence of delusions — unshakable beliefs in something untrue. People with delusional disorder experience non-bizarre delusions, which involve situations that could occur in real life, such as being followed, poisoned, deceived, conspired against, or loved from a distance. These delusions usually involve the misinterpretation of perceptions or experiences. In reality, however, the situations are either not true at all or highly exaggerated.

    People with delusional disorder often can continue to socialize and function normally, apart from the subject of their delusion, and generally do not behave in an obviously odd or bizarre manner. This is unlike people with other psychotic disorders, who also might have delusions as a symptom of their disorder. In some cases, however, people with delusional disorder might become so preoccupied with their delusions that their lives are disrupted.

    Although delusions might be a symptom of more common disorders, such as schizophrenia delusional disorder itself is rather rare. Delusional disorder most often occurs in middle to late life and is slightly more common in women than in men.

    Types of Delusional Disorder

    There are different types of delusional disorder based on the main theme of the delusions experienced. The types of delusional disorder include te following types I believe Ames is suffering from.

    • Grandiose: A person with this type of delusional disorder has an over-inflated sense of self-worth, power, knowledge, or identity. The person might believe he or she has a great talent or has made an important discovery.
    • Persecutory: People with this type of delusional disorder believe that they (or someone close to them) are being mistreated, or that someone is spying on them or planning to harm them. It is not uncommon for people with this type of delusional disorder to make repeated complaints to legal authorities.
    .

  346. Gonzo the tax man

    Is it true that the PM of SVG is owed many million form Ames in tax?

  347. Exposed

    This week we will expose the grim reality behind the Harlequin Finances.

    What the experts for Harlequin stated and the reality behind those statements, we will also look into the history of Ames and failed finance attempts.

    We will compare the information produced by Ames / Harlequin for the due diligence and ask Baker Clarke why they did not seek to press Mr. Ames on proof as to where some of the funds came from.

  348. Persecutory Complex

    @Exposed.
    Keep this information coming it’s great to see the ‘Deluded Dwarf’ on the back foot, each day brings more damaging information.

    Three days until the Due Diligence Then we will finally see the end of this devious, deluded nasty little old man.

    It seems like you are implying some sort of wrong doing by accountants.

    How many more people will he damage and tarnish?

    Can we have bets as to whom he will blame next?

  349. Redefining Finance in the Caribbean

    In 2009 Dave Ames claimed that investment to date at Buccament Bay was USD $200 Milliion.

    By March 2013 this figure was USD $ 186 million?

    With USD $ 48 million of this having being spent between June 2010 and March 2013 according to documents posted on this thread.

    So by June 2010 the investment at Buccament Bay had dropped by USD $ 62 Million

    So Mr Ames do you still deny that you are a prolific liar or a fantasist?

    Let’s not forget, for every US dollar spent on Buccament Bay, your wife and son took another US dollar through HMSSE.

    Can you explain this? Yes no?

    Can Baker Clarke explain this? Yes no?

    It also appears that your companies along with your wife’s and sons company turned over c £ 87 Million between June 2010 and Feb 2013, at least that is what you letter to Panorama would suggest.

    Yes more on this later. Have you being telling some porky pies young man?

    Oh we think you have, we very much think you have…….. 😉

    You had better come clean or we will come clean for you, and we will not hold back, because see Davey mate, you are a compulsive liar and you have no compulsion about lying to a court, which you have been doing quite liberally.

    Stay posted folks.

  350. Redefining Finance in the Caribbean Part 11

    In addition to the $87 Million turnover you were trying to demonstrate in you letter to Panorama, you appear to have forgotten to add the c £ 10 million spent on litigation which when you consider that every £1 spent by Mr. Dave Ames companies has to be matched by a £ 1 in commission, charged by his wife Carol and son Dan, through their company HMSSE, the true cost of the litigation including the cost of sales is c £ 20 million.

    And then we have the purchaser interest payments at c £38 Million, again given that every £1 spent by Mr. Dave Ames on purchaser interest payments, is matched by a £1 in commission, charged by his wife Carol and son Dan, the true cost of the purchaser interest payments including the cost of sales is c £ 76 million.

    On the RL forum, which is still experiencing “Technical” difficulties migrating purchasers to their new secure site, purchasers were questioning why when asking for refunds the admin charges appeared so high,

    Well one needs to consider the total cost of the purchaser interest payments as stated above,

    Someone has to cover the cost of the purchaser finance and we very much doubt it will be the Ames family.

    Lots more to come,

  351. Judas Iscariot

    A little bird told me that Mr. Ames has got a very senior mole in his bunker. Imagine if someone Ames trusted has cut a deal?

    Just imagine what information they would have access to, whilst working both sides of the fence.😉

  352. Robert Storey.

    I will stop all posting now, even I have decided the money has long gone.

  353. Anonymous

    Oh Lord Almighty God in Heaven……..I hope that was the real
    Robert Storey…..

  354. Anonymous

    Christopher David, Andy Oates and Co. The life guard left his tower along time ago, let’s see if the due diligence the life guard has collated is in line with the due diligence to be posted here on BFP.

    It also appears that Mr. and Mrs. Ames or as they are referred to on RL Dave and his Woman (soon to be ex) are in a bit of a tail spin over the “Crazies” on this forum, we wonder why?

    In the interest of fairness we will post the RL due diligence on here so that we can compare and contrast.

    There however is one little difference, we are not the subject of an NDA.

    Dear Mr. and Mrs. Ames, it has come to our attention that your pet poodle, is working over time, writing to all and sundry in a bid to understand who is posting the information with respect to your companies.

    Sadly Dave and Carol, given you both have no compulsion about lying, it was really about time that your lies were exposed,

    You both seem rather annoyed and upset that what you both consider to be privileged information is appearing on here, well you both should have considered this before you both began distributing this information to third parties,

    Anyhow, no harm done, as we will demonstrate in the most vivid terms that you both are incapable of telling the truth, sadly for you both, this forum is not the only platform in which we are releasing the information.

  355. you ar never "too old to go to prison"

    It will all end with the Ames family behind bars…..as recent high profile sex cases have shown….you are never “too old to go to prison” aint no first class in the scrubs lol….and once you in there you wont have many friends on the outside, coz they will all dump you like a stone…enjoy what is left of the freedom

  356. Insider

    Ames is in a tail spin, not happy with BFP at all.

  357. Anonymous

    Loyal BFP fan to Ames —-BOO HOO !!!

  358. Anonymous

    Only three more days left for WordPress to provide the information requested by the subpoena , or to object to so doing. The result of this will be most interesting.

  359. Sid

    Was that really Bob posting at 6.29 yesterday? I’m guessing not.

  360. Good News

    Yes – Where is the the cabbana hugging Bob

  361. Insider

    If I was Ames I would be very careful about taking a defamation case😉 but then again I am not Ames, I am however sane🙂

    2 days for the due diligence, at least the RL / Ames due diligence😉

  362. Robert Storey

    Nope

  363. Anonymous

    Damn..Bob the Apostate is an imposter.

  364. gobby dobby

    I bet Basildon Bunker HQ told The Harlequin Shill, aka Robert BS Storey to shut his gob. He’s gone awfully quiet on TA and all the other fora too hasn’t he?

  365. Robert Storey

    Nope, posted on TA yesterday. What’s a ” fora” ?

  366. Why the trust won't happen

    So let’s give the Lemmings on the RL forum something to think about. GF has allowed his attack dog Paul Walton to copy every bit of information posted on here to be replicated on the RL forum. His other mouth piece, Jane Davies flits between the two forums pointing out every piece of adverse HP postings. What is the reason for this? Why did the RL site become a mirror image of BFP?
    Well as we know peace broke out between GF and the Irish Builder. See the post “a cease fire has been declared”.
    So what does this mean. Let’s look at it this way. GF is not interested in the trust. The money for GF is in the SIPP compo, 15% of £200m will do nicely thank you. As for the cash investors, well, eh, all will be disclosed in the DD. GF wants the muppets, sorry investors, who paid £240, to vote it down, hence all the recent negative comments copied faithfully from BFP. Who posted all these negative posts on BFP? Could it be the same people who GF brokered a cease fire with, Harry O’Ware?
    Of course I could be totally wrong, but why bother with a trust when there is an easy £35m to be had. Could cash investors be cast adrift?

  367. Anonymous

    Bob – Basic Latin-I plural of forum……duh!

  368. Robert Storey

    Thought this was an English speaking site. Still back to spelling tests.

  369. Anonymous

    Bob – You’d be amusing if you were the least bit clever. Although your
    cartoonish miming of Yosemite Pete is laughable.

  370. Anonymous

    Sorry about that. It should have been Yosemite Sam.

  371. Robert Storey

    Found the TA posts yet, keep looking in-between looking at cartoons. Says something about your level of intellect if you watch Looney Tunes.

  372. Anonymous

    They harken back to more innocent days when Ponzi schemes
    were few and far between. Could I interest you in some
    tidal/mangrove estuaries in the D.R?
    ps. I like the part about the imported beach being held in place by
    big black rocks so that the natural black sand is kept at bay. Written
    by a German world traveler who seems not to mince words.

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  374. Anonymous

    NBNBNB – Which one?

  375. Fora Fora Fora

    I quite like the TA comment from Fancy Bee
    ‘This resort really looked like a ghetto to us.’

  376. Anonymous

    To all who haven’t seen it yet. There is a new thread on BFP.

  377. NFF

    @Why the trust won’t happen

    Because we want Ames in jail.

  378. Somewhere over the rainbow......

    Can someone just remind me?Was is just over 100 units Ames built with £400 million?

  379. At this moment I am going away to do my breakfast, afterward having my breakfast coming again to read more news.

  380. Anonymous

    According to court documents , viewable online by anyone, Harlequin and the Ames family have submitted a request for dismissal of this case, through their lawyer Timothy Broderick. This was on Nov 25th 2014.

  381. Legal mind

    Thanks very much for that.

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