SFO Investigation Into威而鋼
Yesterday the UK’s Serious Fraud Office announced an investigation into the sale of hotel rooms and care home rooms by Gavin Woodhouse. See LINK for a BBC Report on the investigation.
Quoting the report: “The SFO said it is investigating suspected fraud and money laundering in relation to the conduct of business by Gavin Woodhouse and individuals and companies associated with him” [our bold]. We assume that may include Robin Forster of the MBI companies, Qualia Care companies, and Property Alternative Holdings companies. Mr Woodhouse and Mr Forster are long-term associates having both been directors or shareholders in each other’s companies.
We hope the investigation will include the people involved in the subsequent recovery room scam where investors in Gavin Woodhouse’s companies AND Robin Forster’s companies were encouraged to pay money for highly questionable ‘legal services’. The solicitor and law firm had no experience of insolvency and acted for clients who had sold the scam, using them as introducers. The people described as investor co-ordinators were primarily those involved in some way in the sale of the rooms to investors. The solicitor, law firm and investor co-ordinators all declined to comment on who was being paid out of investor money. We hold emails from this group which made false statements about being room owners themselves when they were not and exaggerated the skills and experience of the solicitor.
We will be contacting the SFO, as will others who have been concerned about the recovery room element, to request that it investigate other similar room scams such as Carlauren Group (where the same recovery room group offered its services), St Camillus (where once again the same recovery room group offered its services), Shepherd Cox Hotels where rooms that did not exist were sold, and Merydion Hotels where Michael McMahon, the founder, is currently exploring ways to get himself out of his scam operation. One of Mr McMahon’s companies, Merydion Corporation Ltd, was recently closed down by the Secretary Of State on the grounds of being involved in money-laundering and tax evasion.
We hope that this is just the start of a crackdown on all parties involved in room scams.
SFO Investigation Into Room Sales.