Following the ratification of the case against him in Marbella recently, millionaire football chairman Darragh MacAnthony, 35, has been ordered to appear in court in Spain next month.
The business man has been accused of taking money from home buyers for furniture packages that never arrived. The victims claim up to 600,000 euros was taken.
Over 40 plaintiffs attended court in Marbella in January to ratify the case in front of a judge who has now ordered the former owner of MacAnthony Realty International (MRI) to come to Spain to face the charges.
MacAnthony will not face the judge alone as his former chief executives Michael Liggan and Dominic Pickering are also being called to attend. The defendants could face up to eight years in jail if convicted.
The Peterborough United chairman handed the reigns of his real-estate company to 91 year old Fernando Arespacochaga, from Peru, in 2010. He too will be required to attend the proceedings.
The case will begin on April 25th.
Antonio Flores, from law firm Lawbird acting for the plaintiffs, says there are “many other” former clients of MRI who were affected by the companies business practices and this case covers just one of the irregularities found within the company.
Flores also said that there is another claim, totalling 15 million euros, that is currently being prepared on behalf of 200 MRI customers who claim they lost large deposits paid to the firm.