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Q2 2019

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Monday 1st April, 2019

A new leak is added showing David Levy and Suzanne Martin discussing payments to reporter Chris Merriman in return for placing the Vega+ launch date into the press to hold off Indiegogo backers.

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Tuesday 2nd April, 2019

Chris Merriman tweets that he cannot comment on the leak from David Levy and Suzanne Martin, but then changes his mind and comments multiple times:

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Wednesday 3rd April, 2019

George Cropper releases a video called THE VEGA+ - LIES BOUGHT FOR CASH !!

Chris Merriman claimed that Janko Mrsic-Flogel's company Planet agreed to auction the Gold Gemini Chris "won", however the last time an auction was due to take place, cancer victim Amelia actually died waiting months for the Vega+ to arrive.

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Thursday 4th April, 2019

A new leak is added showing that Lee Fogarty gave a quote of £2,600 for creation of a website and the first year of support and hosting, yet he received £14,000. The spelling of the terms and conditions of Lee's quote show that it has been ripped off an American website.

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Friday 5th April, 2019

The Vega+ Refunds site reaches a milestone showing 800 backers have requested to be Represented as Creditors totalling £93484.

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Wednesday 10th April, 2019

A meeting takes place at the Official Receivers Office to nominate an insolvency practitioner for Retro Computers Ltd.

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Thursday 11th April, 2019

Paul Andrews posts the following on facebook:

Paul Andrews

This is a small summary on behalf of Chris Smith, Darren Melbourne and Paul Andrews on recent insolvency events.

On Wednesday the 10th April 2019, Chris, Darren and I attended a creditors meeting at the Official Receivers Office to represent Games Rights Owners and ourselves in the nomination process of an insolvency practitioner for RCL.

At the meeting, creditors’ claims were considered by the Official Receiver for voting purposes, and some claims were discounted from this, but may still be counted as creditors in the future. Some claims were only accepted at a token peppercorn value.

We supported our preferred practitioner. Whereas, David Levy, Suzanne Martin, Janko Mrsic-Folgel, Private Planet Ltd, Teacher Stern LLP and Michelmores LLP supported their jointly nominated practitioner.

It would be inappropriate at this point to go into detail but the Official Receiver allowed one particular claim in excess of £300,000 which dominated the proceedings. Both sides objected to the other sides claims. Inevitably RCL et al had their choice of insolvency practitioner appointed.

We requested the right of backer votes to be allowed, totalling over half a million pounds of debt, and vigorously cited the various backers’ small claims successes against RCL. RCL argued they were "donations". The Official Receiver's position was that no individual backer had filed and signed any applications with them to be counted as creditors, despite "the insolvency of RCL being widely publicised".

We will update you again when things have progressed further.

— Paul Andrews

Backer Nick H. Barr also posts in the same thread:

Hello, longtime lurker first time poster. I emailed the Official Receiver as I had used the template very kindly provided by Graham Kenny to register myself as a creditor back in April. I've just received the following reply.

"Thank you for your e-mail. The official receiver was not aware that you were a creditor as I cannot see that your e-mail of 28 January had been forwarded to us. However you will now be added to the list of creditors.

I do not consider that crowdfunders are creditors but I did point out at the meeting that should new information be obtained , they can at any time be added as creditors. The purpose of the meeting yesterday was purely to appoint a liquidator in place of the official receiver and you will still be able to participate in any dividend payments should sufficient assets be realised."

Other backers who used Graham's template might wish to email Janet.Hallamore@insolvency.gov.uk and cc Tony.Keehan@frpadvisory.com in too.

— Nick H. Barr
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Wednesday 17th April, 2019

A new leak is added called The Millionaire, the Model and the Scorned Woman: Strangers on a Train that shows RCL director David Levy and Suzanne Martin conspiring with SRL and Elaine Millar via Teacher Stern solicitors in an attempt to remove Paul Andrews and Chris Smith from RCL in an attempt to grab all the backer money.

Backer Mark Howe posts a letter he received regarding the liquidation of RCL in the RCL Vega + Creditors facebook group:

RETRO COMPUTERS LIMITED (IN LIQUIDATION)

Company Registered Number: 08831435

VAT Number: 211 7995 02

The Winding up Order was made on 30 January 2019, on the petition of Private Planet Limited presented on 30 November 2018 for £16,000

This is my report to creditors under Rule 7.48 of the Insolvency (England and Wales) Rules 2016.

Prospect of a dividend payment

The information below in relation to assets and debts indicates that there is no prospect of money being returned to creditors at this stage.

Any payment made to creditors will depend on the value of the assets realised and the costs of the insolvency proceedings. The Official Receiver's standard costs are attached at Annex A.

Asset Type Number of Assets/Liabilities   Estimated Realisable Value £
Intellectual Property — Game Console IP 1   unknown
Plant and Machinery various   unknown
Total Assets     unknown
Total Debts     £1,587,159*
Estimated Deficiency     £1,587,259

* This figure excludes crowd funders individual donations except those who have made a claim. There are hundreds of crowd funders and the inclusion of any that have made a claim as recipients of this form is simply in recognition that some have been advised they may have a claim in the liquidation. However, the terms of the crowd funding website used to advertise the need for funding do not support this interpretation and crowd funders were not counted as debts when it came to calculating who should be appointed liquidator at the meeting of creditors held on 10 April 2019.

The deficiency above includes issued and paid up capital of £100.

Asset Notes

The intellectual property is subject to a dispute between the directors. Mr Andrews and Mr Smith state that the intellectual property belongs to Mr Smith. Mr Levy, Ms Martin and Mr Mrsic-Glogel are adamant that the IP belongs to the company.

The plant and machinery are bits of stock, tools and mouldings held at 3 different sites.

Director Details

According to the information held by the Registrar of Companies the directors of the company were:

Name Appointed     Resigned
Christopher David Smith     14/07/2014 and 02/11/2018     08/04/2016 and 02/11/2018
David Neil Laurence Levy 24/11/2014     -
Paul Andrews     24/11/2014 and 02/11/2018     08/04/2016 and 02/11/2018
Janko Mrsic-Flogel 19/04/2016    07/08/2018
Suzanne Martin 19/04/2016     03/08/2018
Sinclair Research Limited 24/11/2014     18/06/2018
Oskar Heiman 03/01/2014     03/01/2014

About this Company

The company was incorporated on 3 January 2014.

The last registered office was at 5 Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, Colindale, London NW9 6BX

Paul Andrews states that the company was originally set up with the intention of developing and selling a computer product based on an 80's computer, largely financed by a crowdfunding campaign. Two of the directors resigned in April 2016 and a bitter dispute with the remaining director and two subsequently appointed directors followed. It ceased trading in about January 2018. Mr Smith and Mr Andrews attribute the failure of the company to excessive amounts withdrawn from the company after their resignations by the other directors. Mr Levy attributes its failure to the misapplication of sales revenue by a third party and a campaign by the former directors to destroy the company.

— Mark Howe

RCL in liquidation p1

RCL in liquidation p2
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Thursday 18th April, 2019

Darren Melbourne posts his comments on the Strangers on a Train leak on facebook:

Darren Melbourne

I have to confess to having read the latest 'Levy Leak' with a sense of astonishment! Suzanne Elaine Millar is quite possibly one of the most formidable women I've ever had the misfortune to meet! The idea that this hirsute hag was in any way distressed is laughable! Let me set the record straight!!

In May of 2016 I was at my office when I received a phone call from my partner who was very upset. According to her a 'deranged old woman' had turned up at our house completely out of the blue, with both bodyguard and driver in tow. The old woman banged on our front door and when my partner opened the door she thrust an envelope into her hands and literally screamed "this is important SRL business, I suggest you get a lawyer"! With that she stomped back to her waiting car and was driven off!

I asked my partner to open the letter and it transpired that this was 'the' letter from Levy telling me that he/RCL had full rights to my C64 project and I should hand everything over immediately! I had already seen the letter as Levy decided to send it to me via snail mail and email, he also sent it to my colleagues, my employees and two or three people who were completely external to my professional life.

At this point I had no idea whatsoever who this deranged old lady could be and actually assumed it was a process server in the employ of Teacher Stern. However, when I thought about what she had said to my partner regarding 'important SRL business' I realised it had nothing to do with RCL at all. One quick check of Companies House later and I arrived at Suzanne Elaine Millar, a Director of Sinclair Research Ltd and former, spurned lover of the randy old lothario, Sir Clive Sinclair. A further five minutes of research on Google later showed me that Suzanne lived in Harrogate, approximately 10 minutes from my house! I therefore decided to go and try and talk some sense into Suzanne, hoping that she in turn would talk to Clive and the board of SRL!!

Contrary to Martin's comments regarding the fact that I knew Millar would be alone, I had literally no idea of her set up, who lived with her and who didn't. I arrived at the address to find a small block of flats that appeared to be almost retirement apartments. They are situated down a secluded driveway and the apartments themselves are only accessible once you have passed through an external security door. This point is exceptionally relevant to the 'distressed' Millar.

When I arrived at her flat it was empty with no answer when I buzzed for entry. I waited for a couple of minutes before walking back to my car. Just as I was about to get into the car, a Jaguar pulled into the driveway and the driver fitted the description that my partner had given me. I waked back down the driveway and introduced myself as Millar was getting out of the car! She shook my hand and was immediately friendly, although a little wary.

Then, before I could actually talk to her, the passenger door of the car opened and Sir Clive Sinclair got out of the car. I confess to actually missing a beat as I had planned to ask Millar to speak with Sir Clive and instead I now had the opportunity myself. I walked over to Sir Clive, shook his hand and told him how good it was to meet him again (I had previously met Clive as a star stuck teenager. It immediately became apparent that Clive wasn't well. He was shuffling instead of walking and was wearing carpet slippers. He seemed slightly disoriented and confused. I took his arm and walked him to the front door of the apartments.

Millar was watching me like a predator, intent and vigilant, obviously scared of what I would or could say to Sir Clive. I had already decided that I would talk to Millar and not Clive, who I deemed to unwell to stress further. Millar barked at Clive 'Come on now, into the house' and Clive immediately went to Millar. I picked up their bags of shopping and carried them to the security door.

It's worth mentioning that Clive, a mental behemoth in his prime, seemed cowed by Millar. He immediately did as he was told....nothing like the Sinclair of old.
Millar asked me to wait for her as she wanted to talk to me and she then ushered Sir Clive away from me and into he house. I waited for five minutes or so and then Millar reappeared with a yellow, A4 legal pad in her hand. The first thing she was concerned with is how I had found her. I told her that Google and Companies House led me to her in about ten minutes and she was visibly annoyed that I had been able to find her so easily.

I then asked her to speak with Clive, the board of SRL and also with David Levy. I explained the history of my Commodore project and the fact that it had nothing to do with Levy or RCL. Millar promised me that she would do as I had asked. She then wrote her email address on a piece of the yellow A4 pad and asked me to email her with the details of what I wanted her to speak to the SRL board about. She also asked me the treat Clive's location with utmost discretion as she didn't want press or third parties harassing his convalescence. I gave her my word as to this and didn't repeat this meeting to anyone until after I received the now famous 'harassment' letter from Clare Toomer and I realised that the gloves were off!!

In retrospect I should have blurted everything out to Clive irrespective of my perception of his health. I made a call on this and decided to take Millar at her word, this was a massive mistake and I apologise unreservedly to everyone. I wasted the one chance that any of us had had to bring Sir Clive up to speed!

The reason that I laboured the security door point so much is that if Millar felt 'distressed' or 'threatened' as Levy and Martin later implied then why did she come back outside to speak with me? She was safe behind a security door and one can only assume her own front door, yet she chose to come back outside and converse with me for another ten minutes, before giving me her email address. She could have called the Police and had me arrested had my behaviour been anything other than polite and respectable. Once again, this is a situation that has been spun via rhetoric from Levy and Martin.

This all comes down to the fact that Levy was petrified that Sir Clive or SRL would pull the rug out from under him before he could bleed RCL dry. Sadly, Levy and Martin are master games players and via confusion, obfuscation and downright lies and propaganda they managed to stay in control for long enough to steal everyone's cash and to try and blame everything on Paul Andrews and Nick Copper, which is laughable!!

The email that I subsequently wrote to Elaine Millar is now public and for the world to see. I don't believe that it's in any way threatening, rude or disrespectful. At no point did I imply that I would reveal Clive's location to the world, yet Martin somehow interprets me saying that I wouldn't reveal his location as a direct intention to do exactly that!

The Levy and Martin show has sadly gone on for long enough. Their lies, manipulation and poison have cost the backers their money, Nick Cooper his livelihood and destroyed years of Paul Andrews and Chris Smiths lives! They're pond scum and I sincerely hope that one day they both get their comeuppance! I trust that the Universe will one day set the balance straight!!

— Darren Melbourne
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Friday 19th April, 2019

Darren Melbourne posts a follow up reply on facebook in relation to the possibility that Sir Clive is being kept doped up with the intention of robbing him blind:

Darren Melbourne

Truth be told I was so concerned about Clive's health and also the way in which he was being commanded by Millar that I came very close to calling Social services. I was genuinely concerned for him. I saw Clive at his home about six months ago and he was in better health mentally although physically he was still very frail.

My personal perception is that Clive has been used as a pawn by a master games player. The more I think about the individual pieces of this mess the more I'm utterly convinced that Levy has orchestrated the entire thing from start to finish.

From Clive's divorce, to Paul Andrew's being forced out of the company, my guess is that Levy planned and executed everything!

This is obviously only supposition but to me it's the only thing that makes sense. Levy did it all for the money in RCL and for whatever he could screw out of Clive and SRL!!

— Darren Melbourne
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Monday 22nd April, 2019

Lee Fogarty has a meltdown on the facebook group Spectrum Forever before the admins lock the discussion. Highlights of Lee's meltdown:

Lying Lee Fogarty

It's probably not that funny when you consider Paul Andrews is buying trademarks he has no right to and using them to pull projects. He "owns" Manic Miner and JSW.

Is it as bad or better than buying trademarks then trying to blackmail the copyright out of owners?

Although the phrased used in his email was extortion.

I was happy to until I started getting contacted by rights owners again, and he sent a takedown notice to my gf for automata which he probably doesn't own

At no point did I say I'd seen loads of units ready to ship. As for Tanya "spying" I assume you mean a handful of tweets after her address was posted online forcing her to add to the abuse statements?

Wasn't it you that started inviting my family to your hidden group?

I knew it was coming with elite a few weeks ago. They can look after themselves. It's the others that are of concern. I've spoken to the trademarks people who have said they would have to defend andrews legally at the moment but then they put me onto ip lawyers because they don't agree with what he is doing.

— Lee Fogarty

A full screengrab of the conversation has been archived.

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