According to this HMRC press release, Driscoll was arrested in June 2011 for fraudulent activities which took place between January 2009 and September 2011. Bear in mind that between then and his first appearance at Southwark Crown Court, shortly before Easter 2013, he:
- Re-released Evil Calls in 3D as The Legend of Harrow Woods
- Re-released Kannibal in 3D as Headhunter
- Sent abusive emails to my webhost and ISP forcing the temporary removal of my reviews of his films
- Announced a DVD release for Eldorado
- Shot some scenes for, and announced a DVD of, Grindhouse 2wo
- Launched the eldorado3d.com website
- Re-released Cold Light of Day
- Released a trailer for Eldorado and announced a fictitious London premiere
- Shot some green-screen footage for Death Ship: The Real Pirates of the Caribbean
- Announced a screening and after-show party in Bournemouth featuring performers who rigorously denied they would be there
- Falsely laimed the BBFC had rejected Eldorado as too strong for an 18 certificate
- Finally released Eldorado!
- Put Higher Nanpean Farm up for sale
- Re-edited and re-released Eldorado as Highway to Hell
- Announced a 'new' film, The Devil Rides Out (aka When the Devil Rides Out) which was actually the still unreleased Devil's Disciple.
The story is starting to appear on news sites although most of them are getting basic facts wrong, notably:
- They think Eldorado was David Carradine's last film (to be fair, that's in the HMRC press release)
- They think it was never released (apparently because US rights holders Fantastic Films International said they never received the film)
- They think, for some bizarre reason, that US actress Kerry Washington is in it(?).
Driscoll will be sentenced on 1st July. Three men charged with him have been found not guilty. I'll post more details in the coming days. For now, here's some media coverage, which I'll update as it spreads: