£1 MILLION SPENT ON 2 DAY PROMOTION ATTENDED BY THE PRIME MINISTERS OF ST. LUCIA AND ST.VINCENT.
HAVE PATTAYA OFFICIALS LUCKED OUT?
(In the British sense of the expression)
Intrepid local paper sleuth John Austin of the Basildon Echo in the U.K. is pressing on with his enquiry into the locally based Harlequin Property Company – a company responsibility for much pain and hardship in Thailand.
He appears also not to have bought all the land where he has sold projects - and of course in some cases does not even have planning permission, let alone the cash it seems.
Harlequin’s long arm also stretched to Thailand where in Pattaya several projects started by David Ames and continued by Harlequin (Thailand) boss Richard Haughton, later of Thailand Property and Media Exhibition Company Ltd., and a recent President of the Pattaya-Jomtien Rotary Club, bombed.
Among those who stand to gain is another British Embassy recommended law firm, representing not the victims of course but those who made the money.
Harlequin Property are being investigated by the Serious Fraud Squad in the United Kingdom as well as Essex Police.
In Thailand they have been investigated by the Pattaya Police, for about two minutes, the DSI Eastern Seaboard office, for about the same amount of time, by the Pattaya City Consumers Affairs Department for a few weeks and they appear to have a huge file they cannot make head or tail of, and finally the CSD Consumer Affairs Division Police from Bangkok, who had scheduled a month on the affair, and have now gone very quiet.
Here is John Austin’s piece
David Ames' reply to allegations