AN embattled Costa media group is being sued by one of Andalucia’s biggest printing firms.
Sunsearch Media, run by Stan Israel at the time, is being chased for the non-payment of €8,000 dating back to 2013.
Tecnographic, in Sevilla, printed Perfect Homes, one of a range of large, glossy magazines produced by his group.
Israel, 53, launched a new company in 2014, called Simply Media Group, whose clients allegedly include Louis Vuitton, Bulgari and even popstar Lady Gaga’s perfume.
When confronted last night, dog-lover Israel – who drives a Range Rover – initially claimed to have nothing to do with Sunsearch, claiming it was sold last year to someone who ended up ‘not paying’.
But he then admitted he was still a ‘shareholder’.
Either way, Tecnographic is still fighting for the €8,000 payment, and has taken Israel to court in Sevilla over the debt.
While insisting it had won a judgement against Israel, a spokesman declared: “The problem we have is that he has literally no assets in Spain.
“No property, nothing. But our lawyers are doing their best to force him to pay.”
Israel, who lives near Estepona, denied the debt accusation completely.
He also insisted he had never even heard of Tecnographic, or any court case.
“If the job is printed incorrectly, we don’t get paid and hence the printers don’t get paid,” added Israel last night.
Simply Media Group promotes itself as a ‘new advertising management company who specialise in the marketing of high end, luxurious magazines’, having taken over the magazine production from Sunsearch in 2014.
Israel has run a string of dissolved media companies in both the UK and Tenerife.
In 2006, his Luton-based firm, Oceana Television and Media, was fined £21,000 (€28,650) for illegally dumping commercial waste despite council warnings.
The company pleaded guilty to three counts of unlawful rubbish disposal and one count of failing to provide waste transfer notes.
Israel claimed: “One of my many staff had placed their office rubbish in a bag on top of our bin and it fell down overnight.”
Israel’s co-director at Oceana and long-term partner, Lisa Brown, 37, is now an assistant editor at Simply Media.