I have also participated in an "investment" in Ladybank distillery and after several discussions with Mr Thomson have come to the painful conclusion that I will never see any return on my investment.
Whether this is a fraud or not will only become apparent after investigations into the activities of Mr Thomson and any persons associated with him in connection with the distillery.
In particular it needs to be established what has happened to the money invested with the "enterprise" and whether it was spent in accordance with the promises made to investors. The drawing of a salary by Mr Thomson would not be appropriate I feel. Money "disappearing" to unexplained destinations could indicate a fraud. Money genuinely being spent on the setting up of a distillery and supported by receipt
, whilst not perhaps a fraud, may still render Mr Thomson liable to accusations of mismanagement and incompetence.
I reside locally to the site of the proposed distillery and can confirm that the buildings are pretty much ruins, that the Hill Street address is only a pick up point for mail and that Mr Thomson is almost impossible to contact. A visit to Companies House would only make the enquirer feel worse about the situation.
I am convinced that the best resort would be to report the matter to the authorities. If there is sufficient interest I am prepared to collate a response to the situation on behalf of investors and can provide a contact point if required.