Ten associates of Palmer, once believed to be the richest criminal in Britain worth £300million, are charged in connection with his Tenerife Timeshare scam.
The trial, being held in Madrid, focuses on the scam Palmer allegedly ran while serving eight years in prison, the Sunday Express reports.
It is alleged he sold non-existent timeshares in holiday apartments from inside HMP Long Lartin and fleeced customers of their money.
Palmer was charged with fraud, money laundering and firearms offences alongside the others in May 2015, just weeks before his assassination.
The Public Prosecutor counted 205 victims of this network that Palmer ran in the Canary Islands and consisted of ” scams with the sale of timeshare apartments” between 1993 and 2002, date in which they were arrested.
The trial will see the following defendants appear:
- Richard Cashman, who is attributed to be Palmer’s lieutenant
- Keith Peter Davies, head of the organisation on Gran Canaria
- Dean Lawrence Wells, the promoter of the operation
- Darren John Morris, Palmer’s nephew
- Paul John Murry
- Christina Ketley, Palmers wife
- Ramonon Solano Perez
- Jorge Maximiliano Gallart
- Neil Campbell
- Jacoba Klazina Visscher
Darren Morris, Palmer’s nephew, said that after his uncle was jailed for eight years for fraud he continued running a timeshare business in Tenerife.
Darren John Morris, who faces 12 and a half years in jail, had authorized signatures in the companies of Palmer, which he attributed to the fact that he asked him to replace him in signing documents when he was outside Spain, but without knowing what those papers were about.
One of the defendants, Jacoba Klazina Visscher (Coby Visscher), who had the exclusivity of the sale of some of these timeshare packages and was the owner of a hotel in Tenerife, La Pinta, has acknowledged before the court that she deceived the clients and has committed herself to return the money.
In the absence of the prosecutor specifying the final requests, Coby Visscher faces 8 years in prison as administrator of two companies that sold the vacation packages.
Paul Murray, for whom the Prosecutor’s Office asks for 12 years in prison for helping to launder money for the organization, has said that he did not remember that when he declared before the judge he assured that Richard Cashman was the one leading the money transfer operation through checks for, allegedly, “white wash” the funds.
Jorge Maximiliano Gallart (faces 8 years), who was a shareholder of several companies related to Palmer, stated he was not involved in any of palmer’s businesses and has argued that he worked since 2001 for him as a Spanish liaison with the directors of the resorts.
Due to these facts, the Office of the Prosecutor seeks fines of 2 million euros and jail sentences of between 8 and 12 years for crimes of conspiracy and fraud. In those cases in which he asks for more punishment, he does so by adding another crime of illegal possession of arms.
We will be keeping you updated on the trial!