Both companies sought investments from members of the public for a percentage share ownership of oil wells in the United States.
The investigation found investors were promised large returns to be paid monthly, based on the volume of oil produced from each well. They were told that the wells were already producing oil at a substantial rate. The reality was that the wells hadn’t been drilled and therefore were not producing oil. Investors had been chasing the companies for information about their investment and were given updates detailing delays and problems with a constant reassurance that the wells would be ‘producing shortly’.
There was much confusion as to which company the investments were with, New Horizon Energy Limited or New Horizon Energy LLC. The two companies overlapped and both would provide updates to investors,
The director of New Horizon Energy Limited and New Horizon Energy LLC failed to co-operate fully with the investigation. He failed to deliver accounting records for both companies.
Although some £3.1million was received from investors, the investigation was unable to identify any investor funds that were applied by the companies in furtherance of the investment opportunities for which the investors had paid their money.
David Hill, Chief Investigator said that:
Businesses such as these must be brought to an end to protect investors and rid the business environment of companies that operate with dishonesty.
Notes to editors
New Horizon Energy Limited was incorporated on 27 July 2012 under the name of Natural Gas Investments Limited (Company registration number 08159655). The registered office of the company is 10th Floor, One Ropemaker Street, London, EC2Y 9HT.
New Horizon Energy Limited Liability Company was organised on 12 November 2012, file number 04149114, in the state of Illinois. The registered office of the company is 939 West North Avenue, Ste 750, Chicago, Illinois IL 606420000.
The recorded director of both companies is Adam Skeet
The petitions were presented under s124A of the Insolvency Act 1986.and The Official Receiver was appointed as provisional liquidator of the companies on 5 August 2015 by Mr Justice Norris. The companies were wound up by the High Court on 7 October 2015.
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