The alleged activity occurred between January 2010 and June 2015. Mr Ames, 65, from Wickford, Essex, has been told to appear at Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 22 March 2017.
The SFO, together with Essex Police, announced it was investigating the Harlequin Group of companies on 5 March 2013. This investigation continues.
The SFO say that Harlequin investors who invested via a Self-Invested Personal Pension following advice from an IFA firm which is no longer trading may be entitled to compensation from the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Further details can be found on the FSCS website.