By Gemma Wilson
THE net is tightening on two infamous property developers.
Both Jesus Gotardo, of Palmera Properties, and Enrique Faura, of Mirador, are finally facing prison over claims they defrauded hundreds of property buyers, many of them expats, around Andalucia.
Mirador boss Enrique Faura this week denied in court in Malaga that he had deliberately kept €400,000 in deposits for 12 homes that had not been built in Velez Malaga.
A number of British nationals have been caught up in the scandal in which the Mirador group is accused of keeping an average of €34,000 per buyer for the homes in the Mirador de la Forteleza development.
Faura and his brother Leopoldo are facing seven and eight years in prison for failing to offer the buyers guarantees, nor even acquire planning permission.
The money was used to pay fines for the company, which is registered in Panama.
Furthermore, they did not pay the 12 owners back when the land was sold in 2008.
The brothers are also to be tried over developments in Fuente de Piedra, Benalmadena and Villanueva del Rosario, most of which were marketed through slick Fuengirola-based company Palmera Properties.
The Olive Press reported on the case as far back as 2008 and has spoken to numerous victims.
The Faura brothers insisted they had paid back 70 different owners and that they had been caught out by Velez Malaga Town Hall that took a long time to give planning permission.
The case continues.