The ex-president of Capistrano Playa was voted out of his position on March 28th at a meeting after other residents in the community had started to suspect that what they were paying out didn't balance with the bills and expenses for work being done.Saturday Civil Guards in Nerja arrested a British man, M.P.T., who is aged around 50 years old, after a community of neighbours had reported him on Friday and accused him of taking a large amount of community money, which could be as much as 200,000 euros.Capistrano Playa overlooks Nerja's Burriana beach and there are 130 homes in the development, many of them owned by foreigners who do not live there permanently. Apparently there had been various problems with the foundations and three years ago the community set about having them reinforced. The work which was contracted and supervised by the ex-president has a cost of more than 1.2 million euros.
According to the other Capistrano Playa home owners the British man, who has lived in Nerja for 20 and is married with three children, had stopped paying some electricity bills which meant that the supply was cut off in some of the homes. "He was friendly with many owners, who trusted him with the payments of taxes or household bills," said a community employee. "The problems started when he started to manage so much money for the work on the foundations," he added.M.P.T. is now due to appear before a judge in Torrox.