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by Mike Caswell
Vancouver resident Audrey Gilmour has won a default judgment in the Supreme Court of British Columbia over an investment she claimed to have made in Mountainstar Gold Inc. that went awry. She said that she provided $50,000 to cover the company's costs in Chile. She was to receive five times her investment in a "very short time frame," but the money never appeared, she said.
The default judgment, handed down on May 17, 2019, is against two men associated with Mountainstar: David Nolan Goguen and Jorge Rodrigo Lopehandia. The judgment comes after neither man responded to the case. The judge has not set any damages payable, but Ms. Gilmour had sought $251,000 (representing five times her initial investment, plus $1,000 she said she had provided to Mr. Goguen in cash).
The decision comes as part of a case that Ms. Gilmour filed on Aug. 4, 2017, at the Vancouver courthouse. Ms. Gilmour, 60, claimed that Mr. Goguen approached her in August, 2015, seeking $50,000 for Mountainstar. The money was supposedly to cover costs at a gold mine in Chile that Mr. Lopehandia held. (The tale of that mine is a lengthy story unto itself. Mr. Lopehandia claimed to have part of the ground underlying Barrick Gold Corp.'s since-shelved Pascua Lama project.)
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