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May 30, 2016

Case of Robert’s Grove Vs. Jean Marc Tasse Concludes

The case of Robert’s Grove Limited versus Jean Marc Tasse concluded quietly on the Supreme Court of Justice Sonya Young two years after the suit was filed. Hearings and submissions were held in March and April and a decision was handed down on May ninetieth. Roberts Grove Limited, the well-known resort in Placencia, took Tasse to court for misappropriation of funds while he was a shareholder and director of the company. Specifically, RGL sued Tasse of using the resort as his own piggy bank, withdrawing funds for his personal benefit and using and disposing of property for his own gain. In a thirty-page judgment, Justice Young makes substantive awards to Roberts Grove Limited. It amounts to one point one million in cash, a marina lot and house at Robert’s Grove, a boat, and orders Tasse to repay five years of fraudulent personal credit card charges as well as attorney fees. That aside, the Justice came down hard on Tasse finding that he had no reservation in manipulating the accounts as it suited him. The court found Tasse to be less than honest and ruled that as a consequence of misappropriation, he incurred a debt that had to be paid. The judgement states, “When Mister Tasse purported to create a debt and to place the debt into the RGL’s account; he created for a collateral and improper purpose. He was thereby enabled to illegally direct RGL funds and assets to his own pocket to the disadvantage and detriment of RGL. It is clear that all the acts of misappropriation found by the court were in breach of Mister Tasse’s fiduciary duty to RCL.” Prior to the judgement, Tasse was banned from accessing the resort. RGL states it will recover all funds misappropriated by Tasse. Roberts Grove was represented by Attorney Eamon Courtenay and Iliana Swift while Tasse, by Derek Courtenay and Philip Palacio.

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