Lawyer to the stars jailed after £2.8m fraud

Daily Echo: Nathan Iyer Nathan Iyer

LAWYER to the stars duped Chris Tarrant and jockey Richard Dunwoody into supporting his application for an OBE as he carried out a £2.8m fraud.

Nathan Iyer, 47, pretended he had raised a fortune for Cancer Research UK and persuaded the TV presenter and former jockey to sign a letter he had written about his suitability for the award.

At the same time Iyer was enjoying a life of luxury from the proceeds of his fraud, driving sports cars, racing a yacht and living in beautiful homes in Hampshire and London.

He owned a top of the range Porsche and his boat, Portia, which he kept moored for racing on the Solent, was worth hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Iyer spent over £600,000 just landscaping and installing a swimming pool at his home in Bursledon, the Old Bailey heard.

He would slip in extra items in client’s bills from three bogus companies he created and then funnel the money into his own accounts.

The lawyer admitted his crimes were “purely down to his own greed”.

Iyer joined international firm Ince & Co in 1992 as an assistant solicitor and became a partner in 1998.

Despite being paid £568,000 a year, he began the 12-year fraud when he was entertaining wealthy clients and could not afford to match their fabulous lifestyles.

An internal investigation launched after one of the hundreds of invoices processed by Iyer was found to be suspect revealed he had taken more than £2m.

Iyer later told police: “I just helped myself. The option was there and so I just took it.

“Greed, familiarity, and the ease with which it could be done just took over.”

Detectives then found Iyer had twice plotted to win himself an OBE, in 2004 and 2008, by claiming he was one the country’s biggest supporters of the cancer charity.

He claimed to have donated over £1m to the charity, and to have organised yachting activities for sufferers.

Iyer, now of Acton Trussell, Staffordshire, admitted one charge of false accounting and two of making use of a false instrument.

His barrister Jim Sturman QC said: “This case is a tawdry waste of his talent.

It has been recognised by him to be down to purely his own greed.”

Iyer has sold everything he owns and has managed to pay back £2.1m.

He married fellow lawyer Milena Augusta Zoccarato, and the couple have a three year-old son but his wife has now divorced him and Iyer has been made bankrupt. He has been reduced to working as a labourer in Lymington boat yards for £250 per week – half of what he used to make per hour.

He was stuck off last year for what was described as one of the worst cases of fraud ever to come before the solicitors’ disciplinary tribunal.

Jailing him for four years and eight months, the judge, Mr Recorder Christopher Wilson, said: “Any sentence must reflect not only a proper punishment to you, but a deterrent to others not to follow in your footsteps. It is a dismal end to a fine career.”

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10:20am Sat 9 Feb 13

hulla baloo says...

Appropriate name.
Appropriate name. hulla baloo
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10:21am Sat 9 Feb 13

hulla baloo says...

And wife left him after the gravy train ended.
And wife left him after the gravy train ended. hulla baloo
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11:24am Sat 9 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out. Outside of the Box
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11:44am Sat 9 Feb 13

For pity sake says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.[/p][/quote]Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up. For pity sake
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1:45pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

For pity sake wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.
Go forth and multiply
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.[/p][/quote]Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.[/p][/quote]Go forth and multiply Outside of the Box
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5:37pm Sat 9 Feb 13

For pity sake says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
For pity sake wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.
Go forth and multiply
Congratulations on making a post without a multiplicity of commas. Pity you forgot the full stop.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.[/p][/quote]Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.[/p][/quote]Go forth and multiply[/p][/quote]Congratulations on making a post without a multiplicity of commas. Pity you forgot the full stop. For pity sake
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10:51pm Sat 9 Feb 13

Donald2000 says...

Outside of the Box wrote:
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
I think you will find that if he got his assets as a result of the proceeds of crime, then they will be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. So, no, he won't be coming out to a stash of cash.
[quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that if he got his assets as a result of the proceeds of crime, then they will be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. So, no, he won't be coming out to a stash of cash. Donald2000
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10:45am Sun 10 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

For pity sake wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
For pity sake wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.
Go forth and multiply
Congratulations on making a post without a multiplicity of commas. Pity you forgot the full stop.
Obviously a very frustrated English teacher, get a life and for pity's sake
[quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]For pity sake[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.[/p][/quote]Give me strength... the multi-comma abuser has woken up.[/p][/quote]Go forth and multiply[/p][/quote]Congratulations on making a post without a multiplicity of commas. Pity you forgot the full stop.[/p][/quote]Obviously a very frustrated English teacher, get a life and for pity's sake Outside of the Box
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10:49am Sun 10 Feb 13

Outside of the Box says...

Donald2000 wrote:
Outside of the Box wrote:
He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.
I think you will find that if he got his assets as a result of the proceeds of crime, then they will be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. So, no, he won't be coming out to a stash of cash.
My apologies in my original comment had a typo, it was meant to read "I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off shore for when gets out" I fully understand the proceeds of crimes act, hence the off shore, the police and courts can only seize money they know about.
[quote][p][bold]Donald2000[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Outside of the Box[/bold] wrote: He has sold everything he owns? Surely if he bought the goods with stolen money they don't belong to him,,,the Mrs soon did a bunk, surely she knew he was on the fiddle,,I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off for when gets out.[/p][/quote]I think you will find that if he got his assets as a result of the proceeds of crime, then they will be seized under the Proceeds of Crime Act. So, no, he won't be coming out to a stash of cash.[/p][/quote]My apologies in my original comment had a typo, it was meant to read "I bet he's hidden a shed load of cash off shore for when gets out" I fully understand the proceeds of crimes act, hence the off shore, the police and courts can only seize money they know about. Outside of the Box
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