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Saturday, 2 September 2017


Dear Residents,

Our friends at Shepwayvox have taken the time and trouble to investigate Cozumel Estates, known to us all as the bedfellows of our Local Council; Shepway, Led by David Monk and deputy, Jenny Hollingsbee. Many of you would have already seen this Shepwayvox article set out below, but for those of you that haven't, we would encourage you all to set aside just five minutes to take the time to read. 

Should we be proud of Shepway District Council for even thinking about entering into a collaboration agreement with the Reuben Brothers, whose raison d'etre is to generate money for themselves, employing loophole accountants to shift profit away from these shores and pay as little tax in the UK as possible? Of course not. 

So what does this tell us about the integrity of our Leaders. We already know that they mislead the Residents of Shepway in attempting to further the Otterpool utopian dream. We already know that as our representatives, they couldn't give a stuff about our opinion, even when those opinions are channelled through our Parish Councils. Is it time for Monk and Hollingsbee to go? Readers of this would almost certainly agree that there is no place for these two individuals in public office. Not because of their political allegiance, but because they simply do not represent us. Could it be that they have a hidden agenda? Could it be that their interests are not our interests? Why is it that they feel that building a New Town in the Countryside, along with their bedfellows; Cozumel, is such a wonderful idea, when the overwhelming majority of informed Shepway Residents feel that it is an exceptionally bad idea. 
Well, we will have our chance to ask David Monk what his own agenda is in ten days time when he will be appearing in Hythe at a public meeting. 

Watch this space for further details. 

The Long Read: Cozumel Estates Limited a British Virgin Island Company.

After more than a 7,000 mile journey and a little over 30 hours in the air to visit the British Virgin Islands (a known offshore tax haven) we can reveal a little more about Cozumel Estates Limited. This is the offshore company which has signed not one, but two collaboration agreements with Shepway District Council regarding the development of Otterpool Park. Both parties wish to build up to 12,000 homes across a 700 hectare site.


Cozumel Estates Ltd is a company wholly owned by the Reuben Brothers (pictured). However, it is one of their trusted lieutenants, Alexander Bushaev, who is a director, but not the owner. This is identical to Michael Stainer's position at The Grand

So what have we learnt about Cozumel Estates Ltd on our trip to the British Virgin Islands. Well, the company was incorporated on the 31st May 2002. The registered office and agent were the Overseas Management Company Trust (B.V.I), part of the OMC Group. The Address, P.O. Box 3152 Road Town, Tortola, BVI. Both the Overseas Management Company Trust (B.V.I) and the address turn up in the Panama Papers


The authorised capital of the company was $50,000 dollars. The 2002 Memorandum & Articles of Association allowed for bearer shares.  A bearer share (example pictured) is a document that entitles the holder of the document rights of ownership or title to the underlying property, such as shares or bonds. Bearer shares differ from normal registered shares, in that no record is kept of who owns the underlying property, or of the transactions involving transfer of ownership. Whoever physically holds the bearer document is assumed to be the owner of the property. This is useful for investors and corporate officers who wish to retain anonymity, but ownership (or legal entitlement) is extremely difficult to establish in event of loss or theft.

So put simply, whoever holds the bearer share/s in their hand is the owner of the company.

But we digress. The signature for the Overseas Management Company Trust (B.V.I) was a one Angie Yee and the witness to the signature was a Shirley Todman, both giving the address mentioned above.

The Memorandum & Articles of Association allowed the director/s to exercise its option to submit for registration by the registrar and of the following registers:

  • Share register

  • Register of Directors

  • Register of Mortgages & Charges

Do you think the Directors by resolution have opted to exercise these options, so placing the information in the public domain? No they have not as far as we can tell.

On the 05/12/2006 a change of registered office and agent was made and on the 01/01/2007 Patton (pictured) Moreno & Asvat (pictured) (BVI) Ltd became the new

bpatt easvat_partneragent. Their address, is given as 2nd Floor, O'Neal Marketing Associates Building, P.O.Box 3174 Wickham's Cay II, Road Town, Tortola BVI. They remain the agents for Cozumel Estates Limited. Again the address turns up in the Panama Papers.

On the 11/10/2007 amendments to the Memorandum and/or Articles of Association were made.

Now going back to Mr Bushaev, one of the trusted lieutenants of the Reuben Brothers, and the man who signed the collaboration agreement, shows up in a company called Warley Associates S.A. registered in Panama. Again he is a director of this Panamanian company according to Open Corporates. The Registered agent is Patton Moreno & Asvat, surprise, suprise. Other companies Alexander Bushaev holds or has held positions in include:

Mr Bushaev also turns up in the Panama Papers not oncenot twicebut three times. Should we be surprised?

Alexander Bushaev probably sits in more offshore companies as a director and can be contacted in Switzerland, where he gives his address as the Reuben Brothers S.A., 9 Place du Molard, 1204 Geneva. But as we said he is a trusted lieutenant of the Reuben Brothers.


In 2000, the Reuben Brothers gave an interview to Fortune Magazine. During the course of that interview, David Reuben admitted that their company Trans-World (mentioned above) "had paid bribes to journalists" and went on to describe how, in many other cases, "to legitimise bribes, companies were created and invoices sent for commissions or transactions." He describes these and other matters as "warts".

In 2004 the Reuben Brothers, were to set to go to court against Fortune Magazine regarding the matters mentioned in the 2000 interview, but the matter was settled "out of court"


So Cozumel Estates Limited a BVI company who not even HMRC could get information on until June 2017, signed a collaboration agreementwith Shepway District Council on Sept 8th 2016.

  • So how could SDC do any Money Laundering checks?

  • If it was not possible for HMRC, how could it have been possible for SDC?

  • How much due diligence did SDC do on the Reuben Brothers given that David Reuben admitted to paying bribes?

The Reuben Brothers concluded that going to MIPIM in Cannes "was something worth pursuing". These are the men that SDC have climbed into bed with regards the development of Otterpool Park. A development that Cllr David Drury Monk lied about from the very beginning.

As we said a long time ago, the Reuben Brothers are not ones for investing in a pig in a poke.


This is the land Cozumel Estates Ltd owns outright across the 700 hectare site so far (see below). No doubt they may well have agreements with landowners to purchase more land, but they will be revealed in time, as the information becomes available on the Land Registry.

Screenshot from 2017-08-27 08-14-24

So there you have it. We do know more, but for now, that's all we can impart until further investigations have been completed.

Finally, as a parting gift we can share with you, Cozumel Estates Ltd Memorandum & Articles of Association 2002.

The Shepwayvox Team

There are legitimate uses for offshore companies and trusts. We do not intend to suggest or imply that any persons, companies or other entities included in this blog post have broken the law or otherwise acted improperly, unless found so by a court of law.


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