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Monday, 30 August 2021

Premier Capital Finance Ltd – Irish company cloned by fraudsters?

                    Invoice sent by 'Premier Capital Finance'
to John B 19th August 2021


                               Underwritten guarantee from 'Premier Capital Finance' to John B
with signature by Ian Hartery, Director 

It would appear that the Irish company Premier Capital Finance Ltd (IE544663) has been cloned by fraudsters operating an advance fee fraud. An invoice for £1850 from 'Premier Capital Finance Ltd' was sent to John B on 19th August 2021. It purported to be a guarantee that on payment of this sum for 'fees pertaining to the Account Remission for your Imperial Fine Wines, in the exit of your Investment Portfolio as orchestrated by the Guarantor' he would receive payment of £41,900. The Guarantee was signed by Ian Hartery, director.

There is confusion over the company name. The now dissolved Imperial Fine Wines Ltd registered at a company formation business in Kensington. Set up in November 2012 the company never traded and was dissolved voluntarily in August 2018. Instead it was through Imperial Wine & Spirits Merchant Ltd that John B bought his 'investment' wines. This company was founded as Imperial Wines of London Ltd on 21st May 2008 with Ben Cazaly (DOB: June 1982) and Barry Gamble (DOB: 19th July 1980). The company changed its name to Imperial Wine & Spirits Merchant Ltd in January 2017. On 6th July 2021 the company was compulsorily dissolved. A restraint order by the Treasury Solicitor on the company's assets was obtained at St Albans Crown Court on 28th November 2018. In the lead up to the company's dissolution this has now been disclaimed by the Treasury Solicitor. 


Details of Court Order

It is, of course highly unlikely that there are any remaining assets from the now dissolved Imperial Wine & Spirits Merchant Ltd and that this invoice is a further attempt by fraudsters to extract more money from already deceived investors. Incidentally these fraudsters are chasing a dead man as John B died several years ago – sadly his death was possibly hastened by the stress caused by his unwise 'investments'.
As is increasingly the case these fraudsters appear to have cloned Premier Capital Finance Ltd (IE544663) based at Caherass Stud Farm, Croom, Co Limerick. The company dates from 28th May 2014 and Ian Hartery is a director.
Ian Hartery (DOB Sept 1976), a director of Premier Capital Finance Ltd
and also a director of Premier Capital Holdings Ltd 

I think it is highly unlikely that Ian Hartery and Premier Capital Finance Ltd are part of this advance fee fraud – instead innocent victims especially as Nick Hartery, who is also based at Caherass Stud Farm, is the current chairman of Horse Racing Ireland. Unfortunately I have had no response to an email sent on 21st August to Mr Hartery explaining my suspicions over the cloning of Premier Capital Finance Ltd but have yet to receive a reply. 
When I first started to look into Premier Capital Finance Ltd their website claimed that the company was registered in the UK as this Google search below shows:

However, on Premier Capital Finance website now says that the company is registered in Ireland:
Copyright is given as 2019 but the website wasn't set up until 26.7.21.

Regarding copyright the fraudsters have no compunction over copying text from legitimate finance companies like the Roxbury and Charles Stanley.  

Financial claims from Premier Capital Finance website

Above text copied from the Roxbury site 

I contacted Roxbury, who confirmed that the text above used by Premier Capital Finance has been purloined without their knowledge and permission. Roxbury has contacted Action Fraud. I have also contacted Charles Stanley but had no response. 

Do watch out for these sophisticated advance fee frauds

Note on the bankrupt Barry Gamble
Gamble resigned from Imperial Wines of London Lt in January 2009 and went on to be a director of The London Vines Ltd, which also sold dubious wine investments. Gamble resigned in April 2013 and has been bankrupt since 8th December 2015 with his discharge suspended indefinitely until conditions set down by the Croydon County Court have been fulfilled.   

Monday, 23 August 2021

London City Vintners Ltd – incredible progress despite COVID

There are times when you just have to salute and admire the eye-watering progress made by a young company. Step forward Alex John Bond's London City Vintners Ltd. The company was formed on 19th August 2019. Bond became a director on 19th November 2019. Just four months later the UK and the rest Europe was in lock down due to the COVID pandemic. 


For many fledgling companies lock down would have been catastrophic. Apparently not so for for Bond's London City Vintners Ltd who according to their website have 'due to our close relationship with Bordeaux's top négociants' 'we have exclusive access to specific vintages from the region's finest vineyards'. Furthermore 'Due to our close relationship with Bordeaux's top négociants we are able to supply some of the region's most exclusive and sought after wines in volumes that no other vintner can match'. 

One has to wonder why long established UK merchants haven't managed to negotiate similarly favourable deals...



In addition to exclusive deals with Bordeaux merchants London City Vintners Ltd boasts its own storage facility:

'Why store your wine at the London City Vintners?'
'In addition to the exceptional natural characteristics of our storage we rely on the latest technology to guarantee the all criteria and in particular avoid rotting of boxes, boxes and labels as well as the proliferation of odor.'

Rather curiously the photo Bond has chosen to illustrate his storage facility appears to be one of a sparkling wine cellar with the bottles maturing on their sides and a couple of wooden pupitres at the far end of the shot. Possibly Bond hasn't yet had time to take a photo of his storage facility... 

No employees...

Amazingly Alex Bond has achieved all this progress without any employees during the company's first accounting period to 31st August 2020...!!