I'm afraid you have a point. The platform was in a delicate state back then and although some (like you ) were wary of certain suspicious circumstances, most were very happy a known developer had taken the bold step in designing a totally new machine.
I agree MD genuinely intended in bringing the Omega as specced, but their ways of bringing it to market has been definitely questionable and controversial, like their dealings with the press and inquisitive customers.
"I do not believe for one minute that a machine existed in anything approaching a demonstratable state in 2000 when deposits were taken. I figure that they probably thought getting enough money to pay for the development (or its completion) was the way to go, and that's what they did."
If that turns out to be true ... At least I suspect they did manipulate the market in the interest of their own sinister needs, but in the end to no avail, as their ways provoked sufficient caution in potential customers to refrain from purchasing. Deposits were revoked and enthusiasm for the Omega calmed down, while MD themselves gradually retreated back to the shadows from whence they emerged...
"Chris Williams, Ian Chamberlain and Paul Beverley deserve full credit for pursuing this story rather than as some have done and turned a blind eye."
Agreed. Though the story isn't finished just yet...