HARLEQUIN PROPERTY David Ames charged with fraud

Boss of £400m luxury resorts plan endorsed by celebs including Pat Cash charged with fraud

EXCLUSIVE: THE boss of a celebrity-endorsed business that sold an estimated £400 million of off-plan properties at planned luxury Caribbean holiday resorts has been charged with fraud.

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Pat Cash (left) and Phil Spencer (middle) promoted Harlequin Property run by David Ames (right)

Others included Player, who put his name to a planned golf course at the proposed Marquis Estate in St Lucia.

Mr Spencer said he had invested in one of the firm’s properties during a promotional video he filmed for the business, and football player turned pundit Townsend was at one time the face of Harlequin Property on its website.

Liverpool Football club also puts its name to planned football academies across the resorts.

There is no suggestions that the football club or any of the celebrities who endorsed or promoted the business have been involved in any wrongdoing.

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Phil Spencer gets a massage at Harlequin Property’s Buccament Bay resort in a promotional video.

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The luxury Buccament Bay resort in St Vincent which was partially built by Harlequin Property.

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Pat Cash and other celebrities named on the Harlequin Property website.

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

SFO spokesman

The SFO says the alleged activity occurred between January 2010 and June 2015, and, despite the charges being brought, the investigation continues, it said.

Ames is due to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court in March.

More than 6,000 units are believed to have been bought, with many people using Self-Invested Personal Pensions (SIPPs) or life savings for the investments.

An SFO spokesman said: “The business activity of the Harlequin Group includes the marketing, sale and construction of luxury off-plan property developments in the Caribbean and other resort locations.

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Andy Townsend (right) with David Ames.

Harlequin Property announcement about Liverpool FC partnership on Facebook in 2011.

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Gary Player left talks with David Ames about a planned golf course in a promotional video.

“The SFO would like to thank investors who completed a questionnaire.

“Investors who made investments during the period of January 2010 to June 2015 can register their details with the SFO at hlminvestors@sfo.gsi.gov.uk.

“Investors may wish to contact their financial advisors and/or seek independent legal advice if they are concerned about their investment.”

Express.co.uk has contacted Mr Cash, Mr Player, Mr Townsend and Mr Spencer through their agents and the football club and awaits responses.

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