A Land banking scam has taken place at Elvington Lane, Hawkinge, Kent .Mr Barry Paul Osborn & Kay Elizabeth Osborn were directors in England & S.V.I Partnership Limited and Directors in ELVINGTON GREEN PLOT HOLDERS LTD . England & SVI sold plots of land at Elvington Lane; which had been sub-dived into plots and sold to unsuspecting Investors. Barry & Kay were directors and shareholders between 22 October 2004 – 13 August 2008.
One of the buyers of Plot 50 & 51 at “Churchill Views Elvington Lane Hawkinge was caranikian-ltd-belize registered at 1 Mapp Street, Belize City, Belize,. This address appears four times in the Panama Papers.Investors were approached and informed that England & SVI was selling plots of land with the potential that, if planning permission was later granted on it, it will soar in value. England & SVI, the owner unbeknownst to the investors, failed to inform investors that there was no chance of building on the land at Elvington Lane.
There is a formation company by the name of International Corporate Service at 1 Mapp Street Bleze City Belize. Who the owners of Caranikian are is not known, for now, but what we do know is they were sold and own two plots by England & SVI.
Now Barry & Kay got involved with a company called TOWERS PROPERTY DEVELOPMENT LIMITED. Barry according to whois is owned the website. They owned between them as Shareholders, 50% of the Company. Towers Property Development Ltd has 2 separate sites, at which it had subdivided the land into hundreds of notional “plots”, these were:
“Belmont Views” at Rocklands Lane, Hastings, East Sussex
“Roundstone Heights” at Littlehampton Road, Ferring, Worthing, West Sussex
Prices for the plots ranged from £11,950 to £18,950 apiece. It is not known how many plots were sold
After an investigation into the company‘s selling methods for the “plots” at “Belmont Views” and “Roundstone Heights”, Brighton & Hove City Council Trading Standards obtained injunctions in the High Court against Towers Property Development Ltd in October 2011 and December 2011. Towers Property Development Ltd and its sole director, Carlos Amaya Torres, were also ordered by the High Court to pay the Council’s costs amounting to £92,000. Brighton and Hove City Council v Towers (unreported): The High case was about “land banking” and was brought under Part VIII of the Enterprise Act 2002.
Carlos Alesandro Paul Amaya-Torres, the Director of Towers Property Development Limited, (and 25% shareholder) has been disqualified as a director for 14 years after his company sold overvalued land. causing or allowing the company, by its employees or agents, to cause customers, to purchase land at an overvalue by making misleading statements and/or by failing to provide complete information to those customers.
Mr Amaya-Torres was the sole director of the company from 29 January 2007 until it ceased trading, going into Liquidation on 5 December 2013, with an estimated deficiency of £2,167,388.
If you or anyone you know purchased land from either Towers Property Development Ltd or England & SVI at any of the aforementioned sites, you should contact the Solicitors’ Regulation Authority and report the solicitors involved. This is especially so if you were asked by the solicitors’ firm in question to send them your passport/ photo ID, utility bills, National Insurance Number etc under the misleading premise of “Money Laundering Regulations compliance”.
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