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Britain ‘looking into complaints’ about Harlequin

March 6, IWN — The United Kingdom’s Serious Fraud Office (SFO) announced on Tuesday that it, together with Essex Police, “is looking into complaints in relation to the Harlequin group”.

“If you have invested in Harlequin schemes, we would welcome any information you can give us,” the SFO said in a release on its website.

The FSO said it was particularly interested in hearing from people who invested in the following resorts:

  1. Buccament Bay in St Vincent & the Grenadines;
  2. Merricks in Barbados;
  3. Marquis Estate in St Lucia;
  4. The Hideaway in the Dominican Republic;
  5. Las Canas in the Dominican Republic;
  6. Two Rivers in the Dominican Republic and
  7. Garapua Beach Resort in Brazil.

The FSO asked persons who have invested in these or any other Harlequin schemes to complete an online questionnaire. https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/harlequingroup

“Your answers will help us to understand the general nature of your evidence. We may then contact you to obtain a full witness statement for potential use in a criminal prosecution.

“We do not generally comment on investigations but may from time to time issue updates in general terms,” the FSO further said.

The announcement of the probe came one day after Opposition Leader Arnhim Eustace denied asking the FSO to investigate Harlequin, as alleged by Dave Ames, the British investor who is chairman of Harlequin.

The FSO, in its release did not say what triggered the investigation.

But, British pensioners who have invested in Harlequin have complained that while they have invested money, Harlequin is yet to build properties as promised and some investors have demanded their money back.

Here in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, several categories of construction workers and contractors of goods and services to the resort have complained about not being paid.

The Harlequin group’s business includes the marketing, sale and construction of luxury off-plan property developments in the Caribbean and other resort locations.

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5 thoughts on “Britain ‘looking into complaints’ about Harlequin

  1. Most people have not picked up on the land sales in Panama, havn’t seen that mentioned. Land sold as residential development sites off drawing, land sale only, no development.

    I doubt there was planning permission, as claimed.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 7, 2013, 20:04
  2. Article: Aquarius Nieruc Homosci ; ‘HATS OFF TO PANAMA’

    Harlequin at ‘The Parks, Development‘, Panama.

    “I’m proud to bring Panama to the attention of UK property agents,” admits Dave Ames, Harlequin Property’s marketing manager. “It’s a country that offers a wealth of opportunity and we’ve been delighted with the support we’ve received from the Panamanian government in relation to The Parks development.”

    Indeed it was Ruben Blades himself that confirmed Harlequin Property would receive government endorsement, awarding it IPAT (Panamanian Tourist Board) accreditation 12 months sooner than expected. The Parks is just 21 miles from the heart of the Gucci stores and salsa bars in the metropolis of Panama yet boasts a spectacular location in lush, green countryside just seven miles from Gorgona Beach.

    “It’s well served by Panama’s Tocumen International Airport by direct flights with Latin America. There are also excellent links with the UK via the USA in a journey that’s comparable to the Caribbean,” explains Ames. “The project is also just five miles from the Pan-American Highway, which begins at America’s Tex-Mex border and stretches from one end of Panama to the other.”

    http://www.aquariusnieruchomosci.pl/hats-off-to-panama

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 09:55
  3. Remember I once told you that £300 million may well be the tip of the iceberg, and further said I believed the final amount to be more than a billion. Well I know its too early to say I told you so. But when you add in the Thialand stuff, its edging that way.

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 10:03
  4. you can also written find comment here about Panama


    A Dave Ames video, pay close attention to BIKERCHICK’s comment “… Don’t give him a penny or you’ll live to regret it. I can’t believe he’s still in business.”

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 10:11
  5. Here is the evidence, did any of you know about this?

    Article: Aquarius Nieruc Homosci ; ‘HATS OFF TO PANAMA’

    Harlequin at ‘The Parks, Development‘, Panama.

    “I’m proud to bring Panama to the attention of UK property agents,” admits Dave Ames, Harlequin Property’s marketing manager. “It’s a country that offers a wealth of opportunity and we’ve been delighted with the support we’ve received from the Panamanian government in relation to The Parks development.”

    Indeed it was Ruben Blades himself that confirmed Harlequin Property would receive government endorsement, awarding it IPAT (Panamanian Tourist Board) accreditation 12 months sooner than expected. The Parks is just 21 miles from the heart of the Gucci stores and salsa bars in the metropolis of Panama yet boasts a spectacular location in lush, green countryside just seven miles from Gorgona Beach.

    “It’s well served by Panama’s Tocumen International Airport by direct flights with Latin America. There are also excellent links with the UK via the USA in a journey that’s comparable to the Caribbean,” explains Ames. “The project is also just five miles from the Pan-American Highway, which begins at America’s Tex-Mex border and stretches from one end of Panama to the other.”

    http://www.aquariusnieruchomosci.pl/hats-off-to-panama

    Posted by peterbinose | March 8, 2013, 21:46

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