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Title: Darragh MacAnthony has been ordered to appear in court in Spain next month over fraud allegations.
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 The property millionaire is accused of selling nearly 50 British and Irish victims non-existent properties and furniture. Last month over 4...

 The property millionaire is accused of selling nearly 50 British and Irish victims non-existent properties and furniture. Last month over 40 victims travelled to Marbella to tell a judge how the football boss’ company MacAnthony Realty International (MRI) failed to deliver over half a million euros of furniture to them. MRI – which boasted an annual turnover of more than 100m euros before the crisis – developed resorts in several countries from its Marbella headquarters and sold furniture packs to clients. But the alleged victims – who filed a claim in Madrid in June last year – accuse MacAnthony, 35, of keeping 600,000 euros which they paid for furniture packages for homes in Bulgaria, Turkey and Morocco. Meanwhile, Antonio Flores, the Spanish lawyer acting for the group, claims ‘many other’ MRI customers are also affected and that missing furniture is just one of the irregularities linked to the company. Flores insisted an additional claim, totalling 15m euros, is being prepared on behalf of 200 British and Irish MRI customers claiming they lost large sums in upfront fees. Now MacAnthony faces legal action alongside his former chief executives Michael Liggan and Dominic Pickering, Sarah O’Callaghan, and Nicola Shaw, a former director of MRI Ireland. 91-year-old Fernando Arespacochaga, whose company took over MRI Overseas Property Group in 2010, will also have to travel from Peru for the case. If convicted the defendants face up to eight years in jail. The group will appear in court on April 25.

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