UPDATE II: FlyingPig: offline indefinitely

Despite giving the owners of FlyingPig a deadline of noon today, software provider eStar Online has not heard back about the future of the online retailer.

Despite giving the owners of FlyingPig a deadline of noon today, software provider eStar Online has not heard back about the future of the online retailer.

“I last spoke to them this morning and I’ve heard nothing since,” says eStar Online’s managing director Matthew Darby.

Darby, who claims his company is owed nearly $500,000 by FlyingPig owner IT Media, is now dealing with IT Media’s parent company Wilson Neill, but despite Darby taking the site offline he has received no contact from either Wilson Neill director Phil Vosper or IT Media managing director Tim Connell.

Darby says he is owed $121,000 for work eStar Online has already done and a further $350,000 as part of a deal IT Media has struck with Transram, a joint venture which is reported to be between a Panama-based communications company and a New Zealand charitable trust.

Darby claims Wilson Neill has told him FlyingPig couldn't pay its debts and offered shares in the company in exchange for work done. EStar Online would then be able to sell the shares to Transram, but there are questions about whether this deal has even proceeded.

“Now I hear our software is supposed to be substandard and that’s why we haven’t been paid which is utter nonsense. I mean why would they use our software for so long if that was the case? It’s just smoke and mirrors.”

Vosper says he will release a written statement this afternoon, but would not comment on the matter in the mean time.

Connell also declined to comment.

Darby says the site will remain offline until either he is paid or the company sold.

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