This should get most Interesting, one of the other men, is in Jail at present, doing 3 years, for Welfare Fraud?

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Ex-millionaire in legal action to clear name over alleged property fraud

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Aformer millionaire charged with stealing and laundering more than €250,000 as part of an alleged property registration fraud has issued legal proceedings aimed at clearing his name.

Philip Marley is due to go on trial in April 2024 on eight charges in relation to alleged dealings involving two properties.

But the flamboyant businessman has now initiated High Court proceedings against the Director of Public Prosecutions, Ireland and the Attorney General which could have a bearing on the prosecution.

In the lawsuit, Mr Marley (50), of Ashtown, Dublin 15, is seeking declarations in relation to legal principles associated with the registration of title on a property.

The case is aimed at establishing that his conduct in the impugned transactions was lawful.

The former property developer said he was unable to comment on the case when contacted by the Irish Independent.

He initiated the lawsuit earlier this month but it has yet to be listed by the court.

The case is the latest in a series of legal battles involving the businessman.

Earlier this year he failed in a High Court bid to have the fraudulent registration charges he is facing dealt with at two separate trials, having earlier had the same request refused by the president of the Circuit Court, Judge Patricia Ryan.

In 2020, he was adjudicated bankrupt with debts of €6.6m. He has since been discharged from bankruptcy.

Last year he successfully opposed a bid by a UK private equity firm, Maven Capital Partners LLP, to have a forensic accountant appointed as his bankruptcy trustee.

Mr Marley made his fortune after floating student accommodation business Ely Property Group on the AIM stock exchange in London in 2005.

However, his business empire collapsed and the property group ended up being wound up by order of the High Court in 2013.

Mr Marley was also well known due to his romantic relationship with reality TV star Dana Wilkey of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills.

A court was told last year that he responded “not guilty” when charges were put to him by gardaí following an investigation into the alleged property registration fraud.

Mr Marley was charged with transferring €21,875, the proceeds of criminal conduct, between March 7 and 14, 2018, and €246,250 between March 15 and March 23 that year.

He was also charged with two counts of procuring the registration of deeds of conveyance and assignment between named companies, knowing them to be false in a material particular, on February 20, 2017 and March 26, 2018.

Another charge he faces is that he allegedly fraudulently procured the entry of a company as full owner with absolute title to a property at Phibsborough Road between September 6 and November 15, 2017.

He is also charged with committing the same offence in relation to a property at St Mary’s Road, Dublin 4, between September 1, 2016 and June 5, 2018.

Two other men have been before the courts on charges arising from the same garda investigation.

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