In August 2011, I invested £25,000 in a company called Ethical Land UK Limited, for farming in Africa. They were supposed to train farmers on a hub farm, and set them up on farms surrounding the hub, and supply them with farming equipment, seeds etc. I was supposed to receive 50% of the net returns, on the crops produced. I received one payment, in 2012, but since then, I have not received any payments, or heard anything since February 2013. I am unable to get any response to my emails, and have not been able to contact the director that was running the enterprise. I have not been chasing it before, partly because the farms were supposed to have been in the Democtratic Republic of the Cong, and there were serious troubles there, in 2012. My last contact with the British director, was in February 2013, when he told me, that they had managed to get the farming equipment, out of the Congo, and were going to set up the farming in Tanzania. I have been the victim fraud, concerning several scams, including carbon credits, and rare earth metals. The broker, a Patrick Boyce, at Alternative Acquisitions Limited, who sold me this farming investment, also sold me £20,000 worth, of gold bullion. He ceased trading, and disappeared with my money, and no trace of any gold. Since he was obviously a criminal, I think this farming may also have been a scam. I am in the process of trying to establish, whether a farming project was actually set up in the Congo, or not.
I reported the fraud over the gold bullion, to Action Fraud but nothing appears to have been done about it. I also need to chase this up, but thought I would try and find out if the farming with Ethical Land is a fraud first. I am in the process of contacting the British Ambassador, in the Congo, to try and find out if he did in fact have a meeting with the director, before I go back to the police, about the gold as something should have been done about that.
The other reason, I have not been chasing this up before, is because, with all the stress caused, finding out that all my investments were scams, that people I trusted had lied, and deceived me. Plus with all the witness statements, I have had to give all the different police forces, dealing with it, and insolvency reports, plus my seious financial loss, has caused me depression and made me quite ill.
The company Ethical Land Uk Limited, is still listed as "Active," but they have not submitted any accounts, and there is a proposal to "Strike off" on the Companies House web site. I read that, if you wanted to go to the County Court, and get a charge put on a director's property, it gets more difficult to do this, if the company is struck off.
Q (1) Is this true? Can you tell me, if you believe the director, of a small limited company, registered in the UK, may be guilty of fraud or at least bad practice, does it become more difficult, to pursue a claim, against the director of a company, if Companies House strikes the company off?
Q (2) Does it get more difficult for the police to investgate them, if they are struck off?
Q (4) If you suspect a director, of a limited company, is guilty of fraud, is it possible to get a CCJ against their property?
Q (5) If so, how long do they give you to prove they are guilty of fraud?
Q (6) Can you get a CCJ for £25,000 put on a property?
Q (7) Can you give me any idea of how much it would cost to get a CCJ?
Q (8) Could the director, who I would be accusing of being guilty of suspected fraud, sue me for deformation of character, and slander, if he was not guilty?
I have contacted Companies House and asked them to suspend the "Strike off" of Ethical Land Uk Limited. They have given me two weeks to come up with evidence against the company.
I do hope you can answer my questions, and would be very grateful for any guidance and help.
I am still not sure, that this is a fraud, although my brother is absolutely convinced it is. If I find it is a fraud, and I go to the police, I am not certain they will even investigate it.
Finally, if it is a fraud, and if you say I could get a CCJ, and if I could afford go ahead with it, how would I set about it?
Hoping you can help?