By Tom Winnifrith | Thursday 8 April 2021
Thanks to Winnileaks I have a dynamite letter from the FCA to one of Julie Meyer’s 32 unpaid, and thus ex, lawyers confirming what is an ongoing criminal investigation. But first, how did she get her MBE? Answer: she had political friends including the late Paddy Pantsdown and Liam Fox MP. Someone high up nominated her. Then, as her UK flagship Ariadne Capital collapsed into administration, she fled to Malta where she also had political pals. That was until the criminal charges were filed and she ran out of other folks’ cash. Then it was Switzerland and Greece where again leading politicians have fallen for her charms. But do they know about the UK criminal investigation?
In Greece, Ms “Lingerie on expenses” Meyer owns a $1 million home on the island of Kea which she bought in 2015. That is despite the fact that she has told the US taxman, the IRS, that she cannot pay huge tax arrears dating back to 2000 as she has no assets. And she has also spun a similar line to the HMRC in Britain and also to Barclays Bank where she is on the hook for more than £200,000.
But the Greek great and good are lining up to assist Ms Meyer. Tassos Iossiphides, Partner, Head of Strategy & Transactions for Greece and the South Cluster of Central Southeast Europe & Central Asia (CESA), Ernst & Young spoke at a recent event. Does E&Y really want to be associated with Ms Meyer?
Another speaker at that event and someone who Ms Meyer refers to frequently as an ally is Dr Christos Dimas, Deputy Minister of Development and Investments in the current Government. Dimas is just outside the cabinet and is seen as a key ally. Then there is Dimitri Papadopoulos who is not only Julie’s lawyer but also the Greek Consul in Zurich where Ms Meyer also operates. Does the Greek Government and State really want to back Ms Meyer?
Another associate of Ms Meyer in Greece is Antigoni Lymperopoulou, Chief Executive Officer of the Hellenic Development Bank of Investments S.A, the state owned and backed entity charged with funding growth businesses. And Ms Meyer is believed to be trying to secure funding from the Hellenic Bank. As a Greek taxpayer myself, this horrifies me.
Do none of these four know about the vast unpaid taxes? About the criminal charges filed in Malta? About the unpaid debts in Malta, the UK and even in Greece? Have they done no homework? If not, how about they read this letter below from the FCA. It is dated September 2019 but I established last week from the FCA that the criminal investigation is still ongoing. It appears one reason for that is that Ms Meyer has declined the opportunity to put her case in interview as invited. As you can see, Ms Meyer has lied to the FCA with her usual canard that she is the victim of harassment but the FCA has seen through that and that she is being investigated about allegations of misusing other folks money.
Remember when Ariadne Capital collapsed into administration in London Ms Meyer had said to potential investors she was tapping up just weeks beforehand that it had net assets of more than £4 million and was profitable. The administrator quickly established it had realisable assets of £0 and liabilities it could not meet of many millions of pounds. As to those profits they came from the “sale” of an asset where the purchaser, a fund run by Ms Meyer, did not actually pay as I noted HERE.
If Greek political high fliers such as Christos Dimas want to lend their name and support to Ms Meyer one really has to ask why? What’s in it for them? Meanwhile, if the Greek taxpayer uses what little cash it has to back her ventures it will be a national disgrace. The FCA letter is below:
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