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2017年09月13日
Fashion designer 'conned people into buying bogus Oscar tickets to meet Julia Roberts'
A fashion designer conned “star struck” investors into buying non-existent trips to the Oscars where they were told they would meet Julia Roberts, a court heard.

Alvin Loy, 50, also made bogus claims to get them to invest hundreds of thousands of pounds in an “almost imaginary” haute couture fashion business but frittered away their money in casinos, Birmingham Crown Court was told.

Loy initially ran a moderately successful business and records showed he worked for Laura Ashley but he also lied about working for Christain Dior, said Andrew Wilkins, prosecuting.

“He made out he was successful and had connections with stars in the fashion world and world of film,” he said.

The court heard Loy re-mortgaged his home in 2006 and was given £250,000 by Northern Rock after falsely asserting he was still in full-time employment with Laura Ashley and using a bogus employee number.

When attempts were being made to repossess his house in 2011 he claimed to be working for another company and submitted forged bank statements and pay slips, said Mr Wilkins.

In November 2009 he met Dr Sohan Nagra at a charity auction, said Mr Wilkins. “He was beguiled by Loy and Dr Nagra paid £12,000 in the charity auction for items that Loy had donated, a trip for two to the Oscar ceremonies in Los Angeles.

“Dr Nagra no doubt thought that was something that money can not buy.

“Of course the reality is that tickets to the Oscar ceremony is something that money can not buy.”

He stated in fact the tickets were controlled tightly, were by personal invite only and were non-transferable, the Birmingham Mail reports.

Mr Wilkins said the doctor was also encouraged to invest in Loy’s fashion business and later made payments totalling £100,000, with a promise he would get a 50 per cent share of any profits.

He claimed the defendant never in fact paid him any money and spent some of Dr Nagra’s investment at a local casino.

Mr Wilkins said Loy went on to contact a former client, Elaine Armstrong, and told her that Dr Nagra had bought tickets for the Oscars but had not been able to take them up and sold them to her for £5,000.

He repeated to her the bogus claims that he knew Julia Roberts and worked for Christian Dior but later told her that the Oscar trip had been cancelled, the court heard.

Mrs Armstrong said she and her husband paid over £6,000 for flights, entrance to the Oscars and three nights in Beverly Hills. She said: “It all seems stupid now but at the time it seemed like it was real. He lead us to believe that Dior had a table every year.

“He said the money was going to the Princess Royal Trust. He said we could go to the Julia Roberts party and that he knew her personally.”

Mr Wilkins said Loy pulled a similar con on a couple who paid him for the tickets, telling them that “Julia Roberts would be sitting at their table.” He also allegedly persuaded them to invest around £100,000 in his business.

Loy has denied one charge of obtaining services by deception and four of fraud.Read more at:http://www.marieaustralia.com/princess-formal-gowns | http://www.marieaustralia.com/red-formal-wear
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