Pensioner loses €1m in Menorcan corruption scam

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  • #55725
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    “A total injustice. These people should be in prison” -Lt. Col Michael Martin (retd.) on the case of a UK pensioner in Menorca defrauded of approximately 750,000 euros by 3 Menorcan businessmen.

    In a documentary on the Spanish property market, Paradise Lost, shown on British ITV2 Television in May 2010, British permanent residents of Spain were shown demonstrating on the streets of Andalucia in protest at being disenfranchised of their homes by Spanish property developers and the Spanish Authorities. The programme said: “Spain is a nightmare of unregulated building and life-savings lost….the scale of the problem is frightening”. One British home-owner said: “The authorities sit on their backsides and do nothing”. “Its a nightmare – we’re homeless” – said another; and another, a lawyer, “If it could happen to us, it could happen to anybody – its barbaric and appalling”. Editor of the UK Daily Mail, Paul Dacre, “Fraud strikes at the heart of democracy”.

    Greed and corruption in the Spanish property market potentially affects 2 million British property-owners in Spain or approximately 3.3% of British UK citizens (Spanish Property Insight, Quantifying British Property Ownership in Spain).

    The case in Menorca referred to above by Colonel Martin involves a fraud of approximately 750,000 euros, and threatens the British pensioner and her partner with imminent homelessness. It has recently been discovered that one of the Menorcans involved – an accredited API professional – already has a criminal record for fraud. Another of the Menorcans has been described by a Menorcan lawyer as a member of “the local mafia”.

    In a letter to the pensioner on May , 2010, the British Honorary Consul in Menorca, Deborah Hellyer MBE, wrote“:“I am deeply concerned with your case….(and) have, today, sent a written brief to HMC Paul Abrey, Consul for Baleares, in Palma de Mallorca”. Others Brits have commented – “Outrageous!” -“Stop it NOW!” – “When will the Authorities take Action?”

    The pensioner’s case not only fundamentally threatens the well-being of the British couple, but the reputation of Menorca as a safe international holiday and retirement destination, and – beyond nationality – all people who depend on the good reputation of the island for their living.

    PETITION STATEMENT

    “Primary causes of the present global financial crisis are irresponsibility, greed and corruption in national financial and property markets: We deplore all forms of irresponsibility in civic and public life.

    In the case of the British pensioner in Menorca, we call upon the parties to settle the matter justly and privately.

    In the alternative, we call upon Balearic Government to commission an inquiry into the case and to consider laying criminal charges”.

    A PETITION AGAINST CORRUPTION IN THE MENORCAN PROPERTY MARKET

    Signed……………………………………………………………………

    Name (block letters):…………………………………………………….Occupation…………………..

    Address ……………………………………………………………………………

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    More info: afcpetition at hotmail.com

  • #99849
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  • #99853
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    On the face of it this seems great to have the backing of Richard Branson who has one of his many homes on the island.

    Backing from a man who once admitted that he evaded paying UK duties/tax on the music tapes he imported from Holland which started him on his road to riches, (never prosecuted).

    Often, the rich are able to get away with murder due to clever accountants and lawyers 😉

    I hope the pensioner involved gets justice though!

  • #99661
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    On the face of it this seems great to have the backing of Richard Branson who has one of his many homes on the island.

    Backing from a man who once admitted that he evaded paying UK duties/tax on the music tapes he imported from Holland which started him on his road to riches, (never prosecuted).

    Often, the rich are able to get away with murder due to clever accountants and lawyers 😉

    I hope the pensioner involved gets justice though!

  • #99873
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    I hate to keep banging on about it but these sort of revelations just illustrate the scale of the problems facing Spain both in terms of its property market and its economy in general. Corruption exists in any country but it tends to thrive in unregulated environments. Unfortunately Spain gives the impression that corruption thrives at all levels and is just a way of life for many.

    It’s little wonder that the Germans have little appetite for lending club med countries more and more money. My impressions of Spain at an econmic level is that it will continue to suck more and more resources from its partners in the eurozone. I am pleased that the UK is not a member and just hope that we are not called upon to bail them out

    Richard

  • #99673
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    I hate to keep banging on about it but these sort of revelations just illustrate the scale of the problems facing Spain both in terms of its property market and its economy in general. Corruption exists in any country but it tends to thrive in unregulated environments. Unfortunately Spain gives the impression that corruption thrives at all levels and is just a way of life for many.

    It’s little wonder that the Germans have little appetite for lending club med countries more and more money. My impressions of Spain at an econmic level is that it will continue to suck more and more resources from its partners in the eurozone. I am pleased that the UK is not a member and just hope that we are not called upon to bail them out

    Richard

  • #99876
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    Hi, could someone give the link to the original news page of this story. I can’t find it in the UK press but maybe I just ain’t Google savvy enough.

    thanks

  • #99676
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    Hi, could someone give the link to the original news page of this story. I can’t find it in the UK press but maybe I just ain’t Google savvy enough.

    thanks

  • #99895
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    It’s surprising to me that Sir Richard has marked his excellent letter ‘To Whom it may Concern’, rather than addressing it directly to who it really does concern. Who in authority will take responsibility or feel obliged to answer such a letter that has no addressee? 🙁 😕

  • #99695
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    It’s surprising to me that Sir Richard has marked his excellent letter ‘To Whom it may Concern’, rather than addressing it directly to who it really does concern. Who in authority will take responsibility or feel obliged to answer such a letter that has no addressee? 🙁 😕

  • #99897
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    @marjal wrote:

    Hi, could someone give the link to the original news page of this story. I can’t find it in the UK press but maybe I just ain’t Google savvy enough.

    thanks

    As far as I know it has not yet been reported in the press. I waiting to hear back from my editor…..

  • #99697
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    @marjal wrote:

    Hi, could someone give the link to the original news page of this story. I can’t find it in the UK press but maybe I just ain’t Google savvy enough.

    thanks

    As far as I know it has not yet been reported in the press. I waiting to hear back from my editor…..

  • #99917
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    So it was aired in May, I take it the story has been around for ages, and the tabloids haven’t picked up on this one? It seems a big enough story to have made many papers and bad news about UK pensioners in Spain has always sold papers…but only ITV2 has aired anything about it.
    Sorry if I seem to doubt that we have heard the whole story, although I dont doubt for a second any story of corruption in the Balearics.

  • #99717
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    So it was aired in May, I take it the story has been around for ages, and the tabloids haven’t picked up on this one? It seems a big enough story to have made many papers and bad news about UK pensioners in Spain has always sold papers…but only ITV2 has aired anything about it.
    Sorry if I seem to doubt that we have heard the whole story, although I dont doubt for a second any story of corruption in the Balearics.

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