Dany Boon victim of a multi-million euro scam in Ireland

Dany Boon, one of the highest paid French actors. Derajinski Daniel/ABACA

The actor is suing a fake Irish lord to whom he paid 6.7 million euros in 2021 and accuses him of fraud.

This is not the summary of the next comedy of the actor and director of Bienvenue chez les Ch’tis but the misadventure of which he is the target and which the newspaper relates Irish Examiner. Dany Boon is allegedly the victim of a 6.7 million euro scam by a fake Irish lord. According to information from the Irish media, he is in legal proceedings against a certain Thierry Fialek-Birles, alias Terry Birles, alias Thierry Waterford-Mandeville and several companies belonging to the latter for “frauds and scams”.

The story begins in 2021. Eager to find a company capable of managing the maintenance and various services of his yacht, Umaren, the actor, on the advice of a friend would have appealed to this false Irish lord, Mr. Birles. According to the complaint, the alleged scammer quickly established a relationship of trust with his client, advising him to use the company South Seas Merchants Mariners Ltd Partnership (SSMM), assuring him that his family was behind the company.

Dany Boon then makes a first payment of 2.2 million euros to advance handling and insurance costs for the Yacht. Except that an insurance investigation would prove that it doesn’t exist. The address is for a hardware store in… Samoa.

The story could end there, but, given confidence, the alleged con man who had already managed to convince the actor that he was an expert in maritime law and an imminent member of the Royal Cork Yacht Club continues his business. Probably aware of the controversial tax practices of Dany Boon, he pushes the French actor – and Belgian resident – to join an investment program directly linked to the Irish Central Bank. With a promise of 3.25% interest each year at stake… Non-taxable of course. In July 2021, the actor would therefore have made a second payment of 4.5 million euros.

The inevitable happened

Things started to go downhill a few months later when the SSMM company was allegedly bought out by an Italian family. Feeling the wind turn, Dany Boon would have asked to recover his money. In vain. Always close to his wealth adviser, yacht manager and Irish lord, he is warned that the money is in South Korea and Panama. At the same time, an anonymous source contacts him to warn him of Mr. Birles’ alleged scams. Dany Boon immediately orders an investigation from his lawyers, who would have quickly discovered the pot of roses and the extent of the scam.

The SSMM is actually a front company that has not been bought by an Italian family, but is still owned by Terry Birles. As for the program of the Irish bank, it simply does not exist. According to theIrish Examinerthe money would have been used by the mysterious false lord to acquire and renovate property on the Isle of Emeralds, as well as boats, some of which are currently taking part in races on the coasts of this same island.

Since then, Dany Boon and his lawyers have filed a complaint in Ireland. A first emergency decision has been issued and allowed the freezing of assets and all properties of Mr. Birles on the other side of the Channel. The hearings are underway and the court’s decision should be known soon.


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