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The blog was NOT written for the general public, it was for the sole purpose of bringing Michael Pattemore's conviction for fraud to the attention of the British Franchise Association (BFA) as Michael was asking potential franchisees to invest in his business by buying franchises.
The BFA looked at the facts themselves and after deliberation decided to bar Virtual Property World and Michael Pattemore from exhibiting at their events and withdraw their accreditation.
As far as we know, only very few people became aware of the blog during the short 3 week period it was live online.
The one small mistake in the blog was to refer to Michael's conviction as "Property Fraud" and not "Investment Fraud".
Michael Pattemore and Lynda Bellingham then proceeded to sue me for "defamation and damages", they stated that the blog had "ruined" their business, Virtual Property World.
I never sought to make others, apart from the BFA, aware of it.
The blog stated the FACT Pattemore was a convicted fraudster and linked to all the articles referred to which were already accessible and easily found online by simply Googling "Michael Pattemore".However, stats from the property portal Rightmove show that in the 12 months PRIOR to the blog their company was approximately listing just ONE property per WEEK on average, this is for their whole company which they claimed had 15 franchisees at the time.There has recently been several articles in the press, placed there presumably by Lynda Bellingham's PR team which take a very one-sided view of some recent events and also appears to use quite a bit of "celebrity spin".So, for the record, here are the FACTS regarding this matter; I wrote a “one off” blog in March 2012 which expressed my concerns that a company called Virtual Property World was being ran by Michael Pattemore, a convicted fraudster who was sentenced to 2yrs in prison for his crime.Indeed, Lynda is the face of the VPW brand and she appears prominently on their website, brochures and adverts.At no time did I state that either Lynda Bellingham or Virtual Property World had been involved in any fraud, only that Michael Pattemore, a Director of the company had a prior conviction for fraud.