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Petroceltic files criminal complaint against ex manager of Petroceltic Bulgaria, associates

PetrocelticFollowing investigations carried out by the new owners and new management of Petroceltic, the international oil and gas production company, Petroceltic has filed a criminal complaint against the former manager of its Bulgarian subsidiary, David Archer, OBE and certain of his associates.

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The complaint relates to certain alleged activities carried out by Archer and his associates, over a number of years which Petroceltic’s new owners believe has resulted in Petroceltic being defrauded of several million U.S. dollars.

The conduct complained of involved the alleged improper syphoning of money out of Petroceltic’s Bulgarian operations through a series of fraudulent transactions with related party companies controlled by Archer and certain of his associates.

The transactions described in the complaint involve alleged overpriced transactions concerning invoicing related to construction and maintenance contracts, vehicle, vessels and office rentals, which Petroceltic’s investigations reveal appear to be for the benefit of related parties.

Additionally, transactions involving the sale of gas at a significant discount to market price to entities controlled by Mr. Archer and some of his associates are also the subject of the criminal complaint.

The gas was allegedly then sold on to the open market at prices substantially above the purchase price paid to Petroceltic Bulgaria.

These clandestine operations involved a series of offshore companies, which it appears then allegedly enabled Mr. Archer and certain of his associates to make multi-million-dollar profits.

Furthermore, the Criminal Complaint allegesthat Mr. Archer and certain of his associates tried to take advantage of the weakened financial state of Petroceltic Bulgaria, made worse through their fraudulent activities, to orchestrate a takeover of the company at considerably less than the true market value of the company.

The actions of Mr. Archer and his co-conspirators allegedly span multiple jurisdictions, including the United Kingdom, Bulgaria, Malta and Egypt.

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