On 17 February 2017, the SFO charged David Ames, chairman of the Harlequin Group of companies, with three counts of Fraud by Abuse of Position, contrary to section 1 of the Fraud Act 2006. The charges were brought in relation to activity which occurred between January 2010 and June 2015.
The SFO attended a Pre-Trial Review hearing a Southwark Crown Court on 31 January 2019 at which HHJ Loraine Smith set a trial date of 20 April 2020.
Financial Services Compensation Scheme (“FSCS”)
Harlequin investors who invested via a Self-Invested Personal Pension (SIPP) following advice from an Independent Financial Advisor firm which is no longer trading, may be entitled to compensation from the FSCS. Further details can be found on FSCS’s website.
Omaya Beach Resort
The SFO is aware that the Harlequin Two Rivers development in Dominican Republic is now being marketed as the Omaya Beach Resort and that investors are being offered the opportunity to re-invest.
Investors are strongly advised to seek independent legal advice if they are considering engagement of any kind.
The SFO would like to thank investors who completed a questionnaire. The online questionnaire is no longer available, however, investors who made investments during the period of January 2010 to June 2015 can register their details with the SFO at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you have any concerns about communicating via email please write to the following address:
The Witness / Victim Care Officer (HLM01)
Serious Fraud Office
2-4 Cockspur Street
The SFO cannot comment on individual cases nor respond to every enquiry but investors may wish to contact their financial advisors and/or seek independent legal advice if they are concerned about their investment.
Page published on 20 Apr 2015 | Page modified on 4 Feb 2019