Authorities in St. Vincent and the Grenadines have summoned British-born businessman Dave Ames of Harlequin to appear in court to hear tax evasion and theft charges, a law enforcement source has told iWitness News.
The source, speaking on condition of anonymity, said that the government is accusing Ames, who is also a naturalised Vincentian, of not paying taxes from his interests in the country.
Ames owns Harlequin, a company that owns the beleaguered Buccament Bay Resort, where workers have repeatedly complained about late or incomplete payment of wages, the latest of which complaints came this week.
The Crown is also alleging that Ames has not paid into the national coffers the income taxes his company deducted from the wages of workers at Buccament Bay Resort.
Our source said that Ames owes the government almost EC$2 million in such monies.
The source said that a lawyer acting for Ames had lobbied law enforcement authorities not to proceed against Ames by way of an arrest warrant in light of legal proceedings his company is involved in.
He is being summoned to court in a week when the High Court of England & Wales is meeting in SVG to hear evidence in Harlequin’s US$70 million claim for professional negligence against its former accountants and auditors Wilkins Kennedy — a firm.
The case is being heard in the High Court of England & Wales, with one week of the claim taking place in SVG.
Ames and his wife, Carol were among the persons in the audience at the High Court building in Kingstown on Tuesday, when Vincentian lawyer, Samuel E. Commissiong gave intriguing evidence about his role as lawyer and company secretary for both Buccament Bay Resort and Harlequin.
Ames stayed in court until the proceedings ended around 4 p.m.
He did not come back to court on Wednesday when Commissiong concluded his testimony and the court heard evidence from two other witnesses.