I have been a victim of a fraud in France amounting to E64,000 where substantial deposits were made by a project manager to a contractor who has failed to carry out the work to schedule and is now disputing the amount received.It appears that the contractor (an Englishman) is an alcoholic and that a good proportion of the funds may have disappeared down his throat.It looks as though he has minimal assets in both France and the UK but does co-habit with a woman in a property (ownership unknown)He freely admits he works in the black economy in France and I'm looking at the best course of action to effectively put him out of business and hopefully into jail to prevent him conning others (there are several other victims)In France he has an interest in some land that he has offered to assign, this is in hand.In the UK he has an interest in the will of his mother but the only asset of value is the family home. Is there anyway of attaching a claim to this property?He also has an illegal bank account but the amounts involved are small. At this stage I'm looking for general advice on the rights of action we may have against him even if it means throwing good money after bad.
System of Law: EU
Verbal and written negotiations. He has acknowledged the debt but not the amount. He was supposed to meet the project manager (a relation) on Saturday but failed to show up - in essence "went off on one and forgot"
He has until this Friday to produce a compromise approach but suspect he won't. Need to respond instantly.
Hello,Is he currently in the UK or France?
If he is a resident of France, I'd be happy to help you with your query.
Confused.In my eyes still waiting for a detailed response.I acknowledge the comment from T Perrin C.He is currently in France.Who will be answering me?
If he is based in France, the only way to recoup your debt is to sue him in the appropriate court of justice (local Tribunal de Grande Instance). You will need to instruct an avocat to do this. Once you obtain a ruling against him from a French court, you will be in a position to go after his assets , both in France and in the UK (provide the family home belongs to him and not to his mother or siblings).What do you mean by an "illegal" bank account? By definition bank accounts opened in France are of public record.If you believe he is involved in undeclared work (black economy), you may wish to attract the attention of the local URSSAF office (dealing with social contributions) and of Inspection du Travail (non declared labour) as well as that of the Trésor Public. But 1) you'd better have proof of what you denounce 2) be creation that you never employed him to do any undeclared work for you as you would be likely to be held responsible both civilly and criminally, according to French law.
Your website doesn't work properly - that's why I haven't answered. Your techies told me I had to download a particular browser.Why should I? I had expected a more detailed answer.
More detailed in which regard, please?
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