Irish bankrupt sued for $3.5m over oilfield deal
But the businessman denies signing any agreement with US company, reports Maeve Sheehan
A bankrupt businessman is being chased for $3.5m (€2.6m) by an American company after a botched attempt to invest in a Texan oilfield.
Wicklow businessman Garth Collier was allegedly trying to buy a share in the oilfield with two others at a time when he was an undischarged bankrupt in Ireland with debts of €1.4m.
Mr Collier, a former property developer, was in charge of raising the finance for the venture, according to US court papers. But when the money failed to materialise, his co-investor was left out of pocket and sued him for $3.5m in 2008.