|VOLUME IV No. 56||M O N D A Y||March 25, 2002|
THE UPS AND DOWNS AND INS AND OUTS OF
GIOCONDO MARIO MAURIELLO
Holiday Resorts (Management) Company Ltd, after waiting for
more than 3 years for its money, has decided to throw down the gauntlet at the
feet of one of the oldest Italian residents of the Hongkong Special
Administrative Region (HKSAR) of the People’s Republic of China (PRC).
Holiday Resorts has waged total war on Mr Giocondo Mario Mauriello, the owner of Apartments A and B, Beach Level, Chalet Number 2, The Sea Ranch, Lantau Island, New Territories, the HKSAR.
The Mauriello Mansion
One Picture is Worth One Thousand Words
According to Holiday Resorts, Mr Giocondo Mario Mauriello, who was born in Naples, Italy, owes the management company about $HK90,000.
But he has been indebted to Holiday Resorts, it is alleged,
The bills appear to have been accumulating since May 1999
and are for such things as monthly management fees, ferry service charges,
gardening services, and pier repairs.
(The sea trip between The Sea Ranch, Lantau Island, and Hongkong Central is about 40 minutes, under normal circumstances, weather permitting)
The claim against Mr Giocondo Mario Mauriello, under normal
circumstances, would hardly be considered worthy of reporting, but Mr Giocondo
Mario Mauriello has, what must be considered, a questionable reputation among
certain ladies, or, at least, that used to be the situation on 2 separate
occasions, to TARGET’s certain knowledge.
As one Italian commented to TARGET: ‘But what would
you expect from a person who comes from southern Italy!’
And, then, he, smartly, added: ‘He’s from Naples, you know.’
Mr Giocondo Mario Mauriello used to be a restaurateur in
the 416 square miles that make up the HKSAR, having, at one time, operated more
than 13 eateries, via his company, Gweilo Dai Pai Dong Ltd (TARGET’s
translation: European-styled, open-space, food stall in a market).
He, also, used to import and sell clothes in the HKSAR,
under the name of Borsalino Junior in an area of the HKSAR, known as Lan Kwai
Totally, according to his German-born wife, Monika, he had
13 restaurants and 4 boutiques, but these were closed down, one after another,
between 8 years ago and 10 years ago.
The only remnants of the 1978 Mauriello Empire that
survives, today, is a linen shop above a restaurant in Lan Kwai Fong, Lan Kwai
Fong, being an area, just off Central Hongkong, frequented, mainly, by Europeans
and young Chinese, looking for a ‘good time’.
He owns the shop and his office, records show.
This shop is operated by his wife under the name of
Mauriello (Hong Kong) Ltd and is located on the third floor of Yau Shun
Building, Number 50, D’Aguilar Street, Lan Kwai Fong.
Mr Giocondo Mario Mauriello was known to be a very wealthy
little man, having owned a fair number of pieces of property in the HKSAR, in
the past, aside from his weekend retreat on Lantau Island, which is, now, more
than a little run down.
In 1969, he purchased his present flat at Number 9, Conduit
Road, Hongkong, for about $HK245,000.
Today, this flat has to be worth at least $HK3 million on
the open market, even though the building has aged, badly, over the years, as
has Mr Giocondo Mario Mauriello.
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