A court hearing is due to take place in January 2012 which will see property millionaire and chairman of Peterborough FC, Darragh MacAnthony back in court once more. This time he will face 51 expats who accuse him of failing to deliver over half a million euros of furniture.
The victims, from Britain and Ireland, will give evidence against MacAnthony in an investigation that could lead to charges of fraud.
Lawyer Antonio Flores, who’s firm Lawbird is representing the claimants, said “The claimants have been ordered to come to Spain as the judge wants to depose them, together.”
“It is an exceptional request and a special room to fit them all is going to have to be arranged.
“This is bad news for MacAnthony,” the lawyer said, adding “The next step is to see if he wishes to settle.”
The claim was initially filed in June, in Madrid and accuses MacAnthony, 35, of retaining 600,000 euros which his company had received as payment for furniture packages for homes bought in Bulgaria, Turkey and Morocco.
Joining MacAnthony in court are MRI’s former cheif executives Michale Liggan and Dominic Pickering. Together they face charges for ‘theft by swindle and misappropriation of funds’.
They all deny the charges.