Giovanni Di Stefano Jailed...

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Giovanni Di Stefano Jailed...

Post  TheDesertFoxhat on Fri Mar 29, 2013 3:59 am

A conman who duped people into thinking he was a bona fide legal professional has been jailed for 14 years.Giovanni di Stefano was convicted on Wednesday of 25 charges, including deception, fraud and money laundering between 2001 and 2011.Di Stefano, 57, of Canterbury, is known as the "devil's advocate" for representing high-profile criminals.He says he worked with train robber Ronnie Biggs and Saddam Hussein's legal team.

Di Stefano, an ex-Dundee football club director, also claimed his clients included serial killer Dr Harold Shipman and Serbian war criminal Slobodan Milosevic.Judge Alistair McCreath, the Recorder of Westminster, told Di Stefano he recognised that he did not seek out those who he defrauded - instead they came to him. But he had caused real distress - and years of misery and frustration - to many people.The judge said: "There is more than one kind of predator. Some predators hunt down their victims, others lie in wait for them."Your victims in this case were all desperate people and people who, because of their desperation, were vulnerable."You had no regard for them nor for their anguish. Your only concern was to line your own pockets."Di Stefano's crimes were "planned and persistent", the judge added, and some of his attempts to defend his behaviour in court amounted to "breathtaking cynicism".

On Thursday Di Stefano pleaded guilty to two further counts of fraud, including stealing £150,000 compensation that should have gone to man who had lost an arm in a car crash. A further three counts were ordered to lie on file. During the trial, Southwark Crown court heard the 57-year-old had fooled clients out of millions of pounds by presenting himself as a lawyer, despite having no legal qualifications and not being registered to work as an advocate in the UK or Italy.As part of this pretence, he used the Italian word "avvocato" on business cards, letterheads and documents to ensure his clients and the judiciary were given the impression he was a lawyer.

A jury of eight women and four men took four hours and 10 minutes to reach a verdict.It found Di Stefano guilty of nine counts of obtaining a money transfer by deception, eight counts of fraud, three counts of acquiring criminal property, two counts of using a false instrument, one count of attempting to obtain a money transfer by deception, one count of obtaining property by deception and one count of using criminal property. During the trial, the court was told about Di Stefano's links with President of Zimbabwe Robert Mugabe, al-Qaeda founder Osama bin Laden, and his "friendship" with the daughter of Slobodan Milosevic.A BBC documentary from 2004 was also shown to the court, in which Di Stefano spoke of Iraqi leader and war criminal Saddam Hussein as a "nice guy".During the film, he boasted of being asked to defend killers including Shipman, Jeremy Bamber, Kenneth Noye and Linda Calvey.

Di Stefano, who was born in the small Italian town of Petrella Tifernina, moved to Britain as a boy and attended school in Wollaston, in Northamptonshire.
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Post  TinyHandsOfConcrete on Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:18 am

jeezo - what a fanny! Evil or Very Mad
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Post  TheDesertFoxhat on Fri Mar 29, 2013 4:47 am

He was proclaiming himself as our saviour not so long ago...

Said he'd bought shares in the oldco so he could have access to financial information in order to prove we didn't need to go into administration...

One thing being a conman, quite another to pull it off for so long in the public eye...
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Post  tonyusa on Fri Mar 29, 2013 10:53 am

I remember the laugh we had about his(Di Stefano) claim Oldco didn't go into Administration on HTB there were quite a few Rangers fans thought this guy was telling the truth laughing my arse off ..you weren't on then Foxy so your clear i hope the thread is still there it will be fun to see who they all were
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Post  TheDesertFoxhat on Fri Mar 29, 2013 11:01 am

I read an article by him showing we had enough in the bank so shouldn't have went into administration and then some letters that he'd written to various people quoting laws of some kind...

Was round about the crazy time when all sorts of mad shit was in the news...

Tended not to pay much attention to the guy...

Who knows, he may have been onto something...

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