Fraud claim has day in the sun as hotel group sues its accountancy firm

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According to the Telegraph, the owners of a hotel resort in the Caribbean backed by the one-time Wimbledon singles champion Pat Cash is taking its former accountancy firm, Wilkins Kennedy, to court this week over allegations of fraud and embezzlement, seeking damages of £50m.

It is likely to be the most high-profile battle between a small business and a top-tier accountant of recent years, and represents the final chapter of a legal saga spanning a decade.

Harlequin, which was founded in 2005, currently runs two resorts, Buccament Bay in St Vincent and Blu in St Lucia, and turns over £10m a year. However, the Buccament project was almost abandoned after its building contractor embezzled money for the construction to fund a lavish lifestyle, purchasing private jets, a race course in St Lucia and a £1m wedding.

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