Controversial businessman Richard Freeman declares bankruptcy
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Richard Freeman was convicted of defaming earthquake advocate Bryan Staples.
A controversial Christchurch businessman who was once the director of a debt collection firm linked to Headhunters has filed for bankruptcy.
Richard Logan Freeman, 52, a former heavyweight boxer and racing car driver, was bankrupted on June 21. It is understood that he declared himself insolvent after the High Court awarded him $ 350,000 in damages earlier this year for making defamatory comments against earthquake lawyer Bryan Agrafes.
According to the Companies Office register, Freeman remains the director of three companies – Black and White Property, Onyx Homes and Franchise Business Systems South Island.
His Linkedin profile mentions him as Managing Director of Onyx Homes, which sells lots of houses and land. His current occupation in his bankruptcy case mentions him as a sales representative.
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Freeman was first made public in 2010 when he made headlines for claiming he put two cyclists on the sidewalk with his Hummer vehicle and for writing on social media that he was “nailing ” the cyclists.
At the time, Freeman and former police officer Mark Bouvet were tenants of the Sign of the Takahe restaurant and the wedding venue. The couple released the lease in 2017 after trying to sell it on Trade Me.
In 2014, Freeman became a director of a company called Ironclad Securities, which specializes in debt buybacks and debt collection. His colleague director Lyndon Richardson was a member of the notorious headhunter gang and had been jailed for methamphetamine trafficking offenses. Freeman remained a director of the company between June and November 2014.
Freeman’s name popped up again in June this year when the High Court awarded $ 350,000 in damages against him for making allegations about earthquake lawyer Bryan Staples.
Two intimidating men arrived at Staples’s address in 2014 and threatened to kill him if he didn’t pay. When Staples refused, allegations about him began to appear on Ironclad’s Facebook page. Freeman admitted he was the moderator of the page.
In 2019, the coroner conducted an inquest into the death of Freeman’s wife, Priscilla Mary Rose Freeman, who died on April 10, 2015 at the Chalet Motel in Hanmer Springs. The investigation was subject to strict suppression orders. Priscilla Freeman was a champion bodybuilder and passed away suddenly.
As a bankrupt, Freeman is prohibited from running or controlling any business or leaving New Zealand without the consent of the official assignee.
He is also not allowed to raise more than $ 1,000 in credit, unless he tells the person making the loan that he is an undischarged bankrupt.
The bankruptcy will be discharged after three years.
Freeman did not respond to calls and texts on Monday.