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World of Spectrum

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Q1 2019

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Wednesday 23rd January, 2019

Gareth Corfield publishes an article in The Register called Court orders moribund ZX Spectrum reboot firm's directors to stump up £38k legal costs bill. Download a 250kb PDF of the full judgement summary. Highlights from the article:

  • Deputy Master Friston rejected all accusations by David Levy, which were made in nine separate points put to the costs court. Some he threw out because they were "worlds away from the type of allegation that can properly be regarded" as being within the court's remit. Others he rejected because there was little or no evidence to back them up, or because what evidence there was fell short of the legal threshold of admissibility.
  • The judge also briefly described a tirade of online abuse directed at Levy and Martin, including mocked-up images depicting Levy in Nazi uniform, Martin as "glutenous and obese", and accusations of paedophilia. Mrsic-Flogel was also subject to abuse by whoever was behind the retrocomputers.co.uk and zxvega.co.uk websites, though Deputy Master Friston commented: "I imagine that from their perspective, they found the experience to be brutal, this being because they would all have been concerned about their reputations." He refused to find that Andrews was to blame because, as RCL's barrister admitted when asked what evidence he had linking Andrews to the two horrible websites, "there was none".
  • There are few signs that RCL is still trading, or that it intends to deliver any more than the 400 or so Vega+ consoles it sent to its customers last year. Its accounts and confirmation statement are overdue at Companies House. The company appears to have no current website and its social media presences were deleted last year.
  • With Sky, owner of the Sinclair trademark, having cancelled RCL's licence to use the Sinclair name, it seems that the whole project is now dead for good.
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Friday 25th January, 2019

A fundraiser claiming to have been setup by pariah Jan Saggiori and asking for £30000 "to stop the Vega+ Haters" is deleted from the Go Fund Me website. The initial campaign appears to have been setup on Wednesday the 23rd of January.

The Vega+ Refunds site reaches another milestone with 700 backers requesting refunds totalling £79215!

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Saturday 26th January, 2019

A backer receives a response from the Solicitor's Regulation Authority indicating that after more than a year of investigation, they have closed the case and will not be doing anything about the two lawfirms Teacher Stern and Michelmores.

Solicitor's Regulation Authority reply p1

Solicitor's Regulation Authority reply p2

Solicitor's Regulation Authority reply p3
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Sunday 27th January, 2019

A notice in the Gazette is uncovered showing that Janko Mrsic-Flogel's company Private Planet submitted a winding-up order for Retro Computers Ltd on Friday the 30th of November 2018. The winding up notice states:

Janko Mrsic-Flogel

Petitions to Wind Up (Companies)
In the High Court of Justice

CR-2018-CR-2018-010303

In the matter of RETRO COMPUTERS LTD

Previously: Sinclair Computers Limited,

Trading As: Retro Computers Limited,

and in the Matter of the Insolvency Act 1986,

A Petition to wind up the above-named company of Retro Computers Ltd (08831435) of 5 Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, London NW9 6BX, 5 Technology Park, Colindeep Lane, London NW9 6BX (where service of the petition was effected), whose nature of business is 62011 - Ready-made interactive leisure and entertainment software development, presented on Friday 30 November 2018, at 15:00 by PRIVATE PLANET LIMITED, of Flat 121, Beaufort Mansions, London SW3 5AE claiming to be a Creditor of the Company, will be heard at the Business and Property Courts of England and Wales, Companies Court, Rolls Building, Fetter Lane, London EC4A 1NL on Wednesday 30 January 2019, at 10:30 (or as soon thereafter as the Petition can be heard).

Any person intending to appear on the hearing of the Petition (whether to support or oppose it) must give notice of intention to do so to the Petitioners or to their Solicitor in accordance with Rule 7.14 by 16:30 hours on Tuesday 29 January 2019

The Petitioner's Solicitor is Odette Gordon, CLARKSON WRIGHT & JAKE LTD, Valiant House, 12 Knoll Rise, Orpington BR6 0PG,, Telephone: 01689 887810, Fax: 01689 887888, Email: odette.gordon@cwj.co.uk (Reference number: 215289/3.)

Tuesday 22 January 2019

— Janko Mrsic-Flogel

The winding up order is an attempt by David Levy working with Janko Mrsic-Flogel to cover up and bury the last 3 years of financial mismanagement and embezzlement, trading whilst insolvent, avoid paying off debts and preventing an inquest into what the three directors David Levy, Suzanne Martin and Janko Mrsic-Flogel have been up to.

According to the Company Check website, the last submitted accounts for Retro Computers Ltd showed £760945 worth of assets, with liabilities totalling £327937 leaving £433008 net worth.

Private Planet Limited, with only one director (Janko Mrsic-Flogel), has accounts made up to 30/04/2017. It was given a notice of striking off on 03/04/2018 (overdue returns). Janko claims to be owed money and can instigate insolvency proceedings against Retro Computers Ltd when his own company hasn't lodged any accounts for the business since 2017.

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Monday 28th January, 2019

An email template is posted in the The Vega+ Refund Request Group to assist backers that wish to support the winding up of Retro Computers Ltd. The template allows backers that ordered a Vega+ to register themselves as a creditor, and push for the 3 directors (David Levy, Suzanne Martin and Janko Mrsic-Flogel) to be held personally responsible for the total debts after they embezzled £512790 of "ringfenced backer funds".

Backers emails must be received by 4:30pm on Tuesday 29th of January, 2019. The email template has been duplicated for users that do not belong to the facebook group.

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Tuesday 29th January, 2019

Today is the final day for backers to submit requests to be listed as a creditor in the winding-up meeting tomorrow.

Backers begin to receive replies from Companies House showing that David Levy has not submitted the correct paperwork to Companies House in a timely manner, and Companies House are not aware that the company is about to be wound up.

Companies House reply
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Friday 1st February, 2019

A backer in the facebook group posts that 6 months on from receiving a Vega+ prototype, the device is almost unusable:

2nd play 6 months later after the limited delivery - still crap... Most of the keys have now stopped working and the battery is long gone... Cannot believe they are still seemingly getting away with it scot free.

— Pat
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Monday 4th February, 2019

The Vega+ Refunds site reaches another milestone with 707 backers requesting refunds totalling £80250!

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Tuesday 5th February, 2019

Gareth Corfield publishes a new article in The Register called Is this a wind-up? Planet Computing calls time on ZX Spectrum reboot firm. Highlights from the article:

  • Retro Computers Ltd, which absorbed £513,000 of backers' money to produce ZX Spectrum-themed game consoles it then failed to deliver, has been wound up – by Planet Computing, makers of the Gemini PDA
  • RCL, whose fortunes have been chronicled on El Reg, was wound up on 1 February 2019 by Private Planet Ltd, which trades as Planet Computing, whose flagship product is the Gemini PDA, though in November a second gadget was announced, the Cosmo Communicator.
  • Private Planet's sole director is Janko Mrsic-Flogel, who is also a former director of RCL. He resigned from RCL in August last year before one of the many legal hearings that culminated in his being ordered to pay £38,000 in legal costs to two of RCL's founders.
  • Mrsic-Flogel had to stump up along with RCL's other then-directors: chairman David Levy and MD Suzanne Martin, as well as the company itself. Private Planet's winding-up petition was first filed on 30 November 2018. To obtain a winding-up order, a creditor must be owed at least £751 by a company.
  • Private Planet's director was originally brought aboard RCL's ill-fated ZX Spectrum Vega+ console project by David Levy after co-founders Paul Andrews and Chris Smith left in 2016. Smith had written the console's firmware but had not handed over ownership to RCL by his departure, leaving the company in need of replacement software. The few dozen machines (RCL claimed 400) that eventually reached customers were found to be running freeware emulation software FUSE.
  • Gareth Corfield contacted Mrsic-Flogel to ask him for an explanation, but at the time of publication had not responded. RCL's sole director at the time of its winding-up, David Levy, had ignored emailed requests from The Register to explain what had happened. RCL was not represented at the winding-up hearing, a court official told El Reg.
  • An Indiegogo spokesperson told The Register: "Indiegogo is continuing the process of trying to recoup backer funds. We support any effort to recover funds for backers, either through the liquidation or other venues."
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Tuesday 19th February, 2019

The order to wind up Retro Computers Ltd is filed by Companies House.

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Thursday 21st February, 2019

The ZX Vega+ Refunds Group have setup a form to allow backers to signup as a group to be represented as creditors in the upcoming liquidation of Retro Computers Ltd.

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Friday 22nd February, 2019

Gareth Corfield posts a new article called ZX Spectrum Vega+ 'backer'? Nope, you're now a creditor – and should probably act fast. Speak up and you might recover some of that £513k. Highlights of the article:

  • People who paid for one of the infamous ZX Spectrum Vega+ handheld game consoles are being urged to register themselves as creditors of the company before a liquidator is appointed.
  • Retro Computers Ltd (RCL), took £513,000 from around 4,500 members of the public to put its finished design into production. Years later, a handful of substandard consoles emerged.
  • Those members of the public – initially called backers by crowdfunding website Indiegogo, which funnelled money to RCL – have a financial claim upon RCL now the firm has been wound up, meaning in law they are seen as creditors. Creditors, in turn, stand a chance of getting some or even all of their initial £105 purchase price back if they get involved with the insolvency process by appointing a spokesman.
  • A couple of weeks ago, RCL was wound up by Private Planet Ltd. That company's sole director is Janko Mrsic-Flogel, who was brought into RCL as a director to develop new firmware for the Vega+, though he did not deliver on this and the console was eventually shipped running freeware ZX Spectrum emulator FUSE. Along with RCL MD David Levy and former PR woman Suzanne Martin, Mrsic-Flogel currently owes other former directors of RCL £38,000 in court-ordered legal costs.
  • Paul Andrews, another former director of RCL who has pursued the company and its current management through the courts, told The Register: "Based on emails sent to me and various other people, the official receiver has indicated backers of the ZX Vega Plus are considered as creditors in this matter due to the prior court cases."
  • Those cases include the one which struck down crowdfunding platform Indiegogo's terms and conditions, allowing one of RCL's customers to claim the firm breached a contract of sale it had formed with him.
  • On that basis, continued Andrews, RCL's customers should be able to have a say in which insolvency practitioner will liquidate RCL. "Clearly it would be inappropriate for thousands of backers to contact the official receiver themselves, but my understanding is the official receiver will acknowledge a single point of contact on the collective behalf of ZX Vega Plus backers/creditors."
  • That spokesman role, The Register has been told, could be filled by Graham Kenny, last seen on these pages as custodian of the Clive Help Us petition website, which he set up to try to get Sir Clive Sinclair to stop RCL defecating all over his legacy.
  • Kenny told El Reg by email: "We have now set up the following link which gives creditors the opportunity to have myself speak and act on their behalf as I have already done with the backers who have signed the Vega+ Refund Request Petition previously."
  • When we asked if Kenny was going to claim a cut of the creditors' cash or otherwise bill them for acting as their spokesman, he simply said: "Nope."
  • The next step in the RCL saga is for a creditors' meeting to take place, overseen by the Official Receiver. Whoever the Official Receiver allows to appoint the liquidator – normally the creditor or group of creditors with the biggest financial claim on the remaining assets of the business – tends to be the group which gets most of its money back.
  • People keen to see a tangible end to this sorry story and to be reimbursed for the money they handed over in good faith back in 2016 could do worse than get their voices heard within the next 10 days.
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Thursday 28th February, 2019

Lee Fogarty posts a message on facebook admitting that he has retained RCL customer data. This is almost certainly a GDPR breach, and as a data processor, Lee is ultimately liable for retaining that data longer than required (Article 5(e) and Recital 39). This is the same website that was setup using Paul Andrews name and phone number.

Lying Lee Fogarty

The last backup of their website before RCL took it over shows around £4700 in pre-order sales. These people need to get themselves added to the creditor list...

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty breaks GDPR regulations having retained RCL customer data

The ZX Vega+ Refunds site passes a milestone of 600 creditors signing up to be represented. The site shows 607 creditors have requested £71081.

Despite failing to deliver the Vega+ and having 2 other campaigns that have not delivered all perks to backers, ex-director Janko Mrsic-Flogel has setup yet another campaign on Indiegogo with a new company called Dynamical Systems Research Ltd. The latest campaign is PAYMO - Ultimate 4G Smart Wallet and Janko is seeking to raise £200,000 from unsuspecting Indiegogo backers. The campaign fails to disclose that he is involved in the company and has been involved in 3 other campaigns that have not met their full obligations to backers.

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Thursday 7th March, 2019

A new leak is added to the Levy Leaks section called David Levy and Suzanne Martin try to bury their past.

The ZX Vega+ Refunds site now shows 676 backers have requested to be Represented as Creditors totalling £79,329.

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Friday 8th March, 2019

Lee Fogarty places his Vega+ V1 prototype for sale on EBay (archived link) where he admits his 3D printed unit is falling apart and the paint is flaking. Part of the 'S' button has fallen off (but he claims the device is easier to use without it) and according to an unnamed electronics company, the prototype is definitely a 3D printed unit that's been painted black. (This was already confirmed in a bank statement leak showing that £20,658 was paid to the rapid 3D printing prototype firm IMIRP on the 17th of October 2016). The full auction description:

Lying Lee Fogarty

Here we have the much talked about Sinclair ZX Spectrum Vega+ V1 prototype.
Unlike the V2, this is a fully working prototype. This unit was used to demonstrate to the press, and at computer shows.
Being a prototype, it has no CE testing, and should be treated as such.
It is considered to be superior in quality to the V2.
The unit is supplied with the 1000 titles from the original Vega pre-installed, and it's not possible to remove them without access to the firmware code.
These units were sent to testers, and some of those that attended the Vega+ launch party. Although the CEO made a statement at the time that everyone in attendance would receive a pre-production model (as these were stated to be), only a few received them.
I have seen 12 of these in working order, 2 of which I destroyed during testing. I believe there may be at least 6 others produced at the same time.
There are no instructions, and as a prototype it may have some issues. I will support the buyer as much as possible after the sale.

As you can see from the pictures, the 'S' button is missing the plastic cover. If I find it, I will re-attach. It should be noted that without it, the button is a lot easier to use.
It should also be noted that I have taken the unit to a 3rd party electronics company who have stated that the unit is a high quality 3D print. It has been painted black, which is showing signs of wear due to usage.
10% of the final sale price minus fees will be donated to charity.

— Lee Fogarty

Lee Fogarty's Vega+ V1 for sale pic 1

Lee Fogarty's Vega+ V1 for sale pic 2

Lee Fogarty's Vega+ V1 for sale pic 3

Lee Fogarty's Vega+ V1 for sale pic 4
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Monday 11th March, 2019

George Cropper releases a new video called THE VEGA+ - V1 FOR SALE, ANYONE?

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Wednesday 13th March, 2019

Lee Fogarty posts in the World of Spectrum group on Facebook to supposedly withdraw his backing and claim outrage:

Lying Lee Fogarty

Although I gave my backing to the Vega+ backers in order to get them listed as creditors, it's painful to say that I did state it was on the condition it was nothing to do with Paul Andrews, and he would be receiving no details of backers wishing to sign the petition.

Unfortunately, the insolvency practitioner has today emailed me parts of a private conversation with Graham Kenny - sent to him by Paul Andrews.

Therefore, I have no choice but to withdraw backing as it is a further game by Andrews using backers as a weapon when he has no other interest in them.

— Lee Fogarty
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Friday 15th March, 2019

The auction for a Vega+ V1 being sold by Lee Fogarty has been removed from EBay. The auction had reached at least £240 prior to removal.

George Cropper releases a new video called THE VEGA+ - EBAY SMACKDOWN !

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Monday 18th March, 2019

Backer Graham Kenny posts the following message in the facebook group:

IMPORTANT!!

Hi Folks,
As much as I'd like to be able to put a positive spin on this, I don't believe it's possible.
As most of you know(especially those who signed up on the website to have me represent you as creditors), sadly the receiver who will appoint a Liquidator has now done a complete U-turn and has now said we are no longer Creditors.
Just to prove we didn't jump the gun on this the following is a quote from the receiver himself from last month, which is how our online petition came to be.

""There is also the status of the crowd funders. Andrews / Smith regards them as creditors of the company. Levy / Martyn and presumably Janko do not. My information is that court judgements in favour of certain of these crowd funders have been made, therefore the indications are that they would be classified as creditors. Mr Andrews estimates these people to represent several hundreds of thousands of £."

Following a question on Friday to the receiver requesting further clarification on how to officially declare myself as a representative for the backers, I received the following response.

"Nobody’s saying you can’t represent the backers if they want you to and I have no locus to do so but after careful consideration the funders are not going to be classified as creditors of the company so in the context of that which we have discussed"

In a follow-up I did ask why the sudden change, they responded

"Having subsequently reviewed the company’s contract with the crowdfunding website, it would appear that that the crowdfunders are not creditors. However I would point out that at this stage claims are only considered for the purposes of appointing an insolvency practitioner as liquidator. Should sufficient funds become available to enable a dividend to be paid, potential creditors will have an opportunity to submit a claim. Therefore if my understanding is incorrect the crowdfunders will still be able to claim in the liquidation. I understand that Mr Dempsey has a list of over 3500 crowdfunders which will be passed to the liquidator appointed.

All insolvency practitioners are required to act independently in the interests of creditors and both liquidators nominated are therefore neutral.

I would also advise you that the official receiver has an obligation to investigate the affairs of the company and report any unfit conduct by directors under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986. This applies in all cases, whether or not an insolvency practitioner is appointed as liquidator."

My final response, but guessing on deaf ears was
What about the contract between the backers and Indiegogo? What about the win by Rob Morton? What about Indiegogo changing the term and conditions and changing information on backers accounts from an "Order" to a "Contribution"?

Putting it mildly, words can't describe how we feel at the moment. The closest I can put it is Gutted!

The RCL Vega+ Creditors Group

Ps. Please feel free to repost elsewhere.

— Graham Kenny
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Tuesday 26th March, 2019

A new leak is added to the Levy Leaks section showing that the Solicitors Regulation Authority covered up the actions of Teacher Stern Solicitors.

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Thursday 28th March, 2019

A new Levy Leak featuring invoices sent by law firm Teacher Stern to RCL shows that David Levy and Suzanne Martin spent backers money on spurious legal action, and Teacher Stern happily turned a blind eye to the source of the funds.

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Friday 29th March, 2019

A letter sent from law firm Teacher Stern confirms that David Levy along with Elaine Millar (a director of Sinclair Research Limited) engaged their services to take control of Retro Computers Limited just 3 days after the Indiegogo campaign closed. All this occurred behind the back of MD Paul Andrews and CTO Chris Smith.

Latest Funky Spectrum RCL Videos

Confirmation of the shilling that went on from certain individuals during this absolute scandal. What a disgrace!
(03/04/2019)

Well it seems justice has prevailed for once and no surprises there to be honest what a ridiculous bit of behaviour !
(15/03/2019)

Indiegogo Campaign

"Our Indiegogo campaign is to raise funds to manufacture the first 2,500 or more units of the Vega+ in the UK, and to prepare us for the second production run."

— RCL (15/02/2016)

Vega+ Status

  • All refunds processed:
  • Roll of honour email:
  • Address confirmation:
  • Battery specification:
  • PEGI certification:
  • Final specs released:
  • Games list released:
  • Finished box design:
  • Manual released:
  • Working website:
  • Final devices made: 0
  • Small claims victories: 0
  • Prototypes made: ~100-200