Detectives from Staffordshire Police want to hear from anyone who has invested in a fraudulent wine company.
Up to £1million is believed to have been invested in Le Bordeaux Wines Limited, which was launched on the internet in October 2012 and ran for over a year. It was registered with Companies House in December 2012.
The company’s website offered investment opportunities in the trading of fine wines. Based in London in a virtual office, the company encouraged people to invest in it, and/or sell wine to the company for it to sell on.
But a Staffordshire Police investigation has established that wines sold to investors did not exist, and investors who sold their wine through the company did not receive any money. A legitimate Staffordshire-based company contacted Staffordshire Police last December after falling foul to Le Bordeaux Wines Limited.
It is believed between 20 and 30 people/businesses invested. These may come from across Staffordshire, with others as far afield as Hong Kong and Europe.
As part of the investigation a 25-year-old man from London has been arrested on suspicion of fraud by false representation and conspiracy to defraud. He has been bailed, pending further inquiries, to a date in April.
Investigating officer, DC Chris Pope, said, “I would like to hear from anyone who has invested in this company, or bought wine from this company, to contact me. No matter how much money has been lost it is vital that all those who invested come forward.
“The company’s website is now deactivated and if people try to access it they will be directed to Action Fraud, and ultimately myself.”
Anyone who has fallen victim to Le Bordeaux Wines Limited, or has had any contact with the company, is urged to contact DC Chris Pope at Staffordshire Police on 101 quoting incident number 258 of 9 December 2013, or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.