The Eye can exclusively reveal that a wine bar where a South Wales crook exposed by us who had his legs broken when a drugs deal soured and is in charge of marketing, is now facing a huge crisis.
The ‘Blanco’ bar and restaurant in Murcia, Spain, linked to former Welsh convict Howard Williams who changed his name to James Daniels and moved to Spain, has told customers on social media it can no longer accept credit cards. Christmas and New Year are the busiest times of year for restaurants and it is almost unheard of for them only to take money then. But despite this, customers have been warned on the bar’s Facebook page: “… we are only able to accept cash until further notice”.
Yet this not the only time Williams/Daniels, who ‘sold’ or ‘rented out’ properties, has faced major problems.
The Eye showed how over 10 years his jail sentences have totalled four years four months, involving 25 counts of deception, and he has been made bankrupt three times.
In one of his previous ‘careers’ Williams/Daniels has tricked people into thinking he is a property ‘expert’. On a property website, the anger of one individual is clear: “He (Williams/Daniels) makes you pay circa £10k deposit and then disappears into the sunset”. At a property event in the South of England The Eye were told that an investor had lost £30,000 to Williams/Daniels.
His extraordinary exploits have even been the subject of our satirical writer Edwin Phillips and Williams/Daniels has boasted of owning a boat as well as a jetski which he has said on Facebook was for sale.
He claims to have driven expensive cars on his new property website, and said on social media he turned £56 into £1,000 in “24 hours”, yet some critics have questioned how much of this is true. One who is owed thousands of pounds by Williams/Daniels told The Eye: “This is all made up. He lives in a complete fantasy world!”.
We have been relentless in exposing the activities of Williams/Daniels on The Eye. In a Youtube video where he is interviewed about his ‘property skills’ Williams/Daniels claims he had a “massive” estate agency business, but went from earning £20,000 a week to having just £56 in his pocket and living on the streets. He tells his audience he had turned that £56 into £1,000 in just a day and a night.
But The Eye have reported that his own father, Bill, describes his son as a “complete crook”, how he was called by the police to Clifton suspension bridge where Williams/Daniels was threatening to commit suicide, and how he spent part of a Christmas day outside the walls of Cardiff jail to be near his son inside. Bill Williams, who ran a sofa business in South Wales, believes his son stole about £250,000 from him in cash and stock.
Williams/Daniels has also said he performed at expensive property ‘seminars’ in upmarket hotels or golf clubs around South Wales where customers were duped once again. For £299 potential clients were tempted with a “Special Offer February Deal – Sourcing and rent to rent training weekend”. The ‘offer’ was removed from Williams/Daniels’ Facebook site, where he was known as ‘The Shoes’, soon afterwards, and when The Eye contacted one of the hotels, officials had no record of it taking place.
Williams/Daniels’ former business partner, Sam McManus (also known as ‘Georgeson’), has admitted to us he too was fooled by him and that he was a ‘sick man’.
He told The Eye: “He (Williams/Daniels) has fooled many people and I can only be grateful that there are good investigative journalists like you guys who expose greedy people like him. It is embarrassing to admit that I am yet another victim of his greed”.
Before ‘Blanco’, Williams/Daniels was also in charge of evenings at the ‘Discoteca CopyRight Roldan’ in Spain, but new adverts for it were removed after our earlier reports about him on The Eye. The discotheque’s Facebook page has not had a post since February 20 at 7.41am – just after we published disclosures about the man who ran it.
Following our revelations, Williams/Daniels asked a specialist company how to “get rid”‘ of the “negative” stories about him on the internet.
He wrote: “When I google James daniels spain or James Daniels property or James Daniels murcia a load of website links appear for the-eye.wales which are negative reviews and not true (The Eye – nothing is untrue). How do I get rid of these an(d) how much does it cost? Also how long does it take?”.
Apart from having his legs broken when an illegal drugs deal went wrong, we have also disclosed how formerly Williams/Daniels has teamed up with another ex-criminal from South Wales, who had been put behind bars for drug offences, to start a ‘charity’. He launched the ‘Crisis Housing Charity’ and asked for donations from the public in a venture designed ostensibly to help ex-convicts find homes. The ‘charity’ gave an address in Cardiff but does not now exist.
Mr Parry as well as his friends, wife and children, have been subjected to a torrent of abuse on social media from Williams/Daniels and his supporters, following our discoveries.
In one tirade he wrote: “You write total lies about people (The Eye – we only report facts), bully to the point of harassment and suicide, and will not answer a direct email? This is not journalism this is a mixture of Phil Parry (The ex journalist) and (others) you are pure scum!!!!! Let it be publicly known that The Eye does NOT care about people it just lies to make fictitious stories up. BULLYING, LIES, MENTAL HEALTH ABUSE TO NAME BUT A FEW!!!!!”.
In another he said: “I am have contacted you (sic) numerous times before asking why you consistently, stalk, bully and harass me? … You so far have asked the following for comments:
Abuser (The Eye have never said Williams/Daniels is an abuser).
Sex Offender (The Eye have never said Williams/Daniels is a sex offender).
Drug user (The Eye have never said Williams/Daniels is a drug-user, just that he has dealt in illegal drugs)“.
A Lisa Williams has also bombarded The Eye and Mr Parry with insulting messages on Facebook. Among them was this response to a picture of Mr Parry: “The face of a real life bully… don’t you look so proud too awww”.
Williams/Daniels has accused The Eye and Mr Parry, of ‘bullying’ ‘stalking’ and ‘harassing’ a man with a mental illness, yet it is others who deserve sympathy.
What about those whose lives have been ruined by the drug dealing of Williams/Daniels, and the many who have been tricked into giving him money for it never to be seen again?
How will they face the New Year?
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