Towie star Lewis Bloor, 29, in court accused of coloured diamonds scam as it emerges up to 50 victims could have lost around £3million
- Former Towie star Lewis Bloor is accused of taking part in £3m diamond scam
- He is charged with duping victims into buying diamonds with six other men
- It is alleged the scam tricked victims out of £3m and was based in Canary Wharf
- Bloor and five of the defendants have been charged with conspiracy to defraud and another is charged with money laundering
Former The Only Way is Essex star Lewis Bloorappeared in court today accused of taking part in a £3m ‘coloured diamonds’ investment scam
A former The Only Way is Essex star appeared in court today accused of taking part in a £3m ‘coloured diamonds’ investment scam.
Lewis Bloor, 29, is charged with duping victims into buying into the diamonds despite knowing they were not a ‘legitimate investment opportunity’ with six other men.
He appeared in the dock clean shaven, wearing a dark suit and unbuttoned white shirt at Westminster Magistrates’ Court.
It is thought up to 50 victims could have lost around £3million in the scam.
Misba Majid, prosecuting, said: ‘This is an investigation that has started in 2013 into an organised criminal network.’
She said the men were involved in a ‘wholly fraudulent’ company called Henderson Forbes Limited based at the famous skyscraper One Canada Square in Canary Wharf, east London.
Ms Misha said: ‘It’s suspected the company was wholly fraudulent obtaining large sums of money.’
Six of the seven were jointly accused of plotting together between May 2013 and June 2014 to ‘defraud investors by dishonestly marketing and selling coloured diamonds for investment purposes, knowing those diamonds did not represent a legitimate investment opportunity’, according to court documents.
Lewis Bloor (left with his reality star ex girlfriend Marnie Simpson, and right arriving at Westminster Magistrates’ Court) appeared in the dock clean shaven, wearing a dark suit and unbuttoned white shirt
The prosecutor said it was the first time anyone had been charged in connection with the ongoing investigation into the company.
Bloor spoke only to confirm his name, date of birth, address and British nationality during the nine-minute hearing.
He joined The Only Way is Essex in 2013, appearing on the ITV show for three years, before he starred in CBB in 2016.
He was charged with conspiracy to defraud alongside Joseph Jordan, 26, Simon Akbari, 25, Max Potter, 23, George Walters, 27, and Nathan Wilson, 25.
Bloor, pictured on Celebrity Big Brother with Marnie Simpson in 2016.
Bloor (pictured during his appearance on Celebrity Big Brother) is accused with six other men of duping clients into buying into the diamonds despite knowing they were not a ‘legitimate investment opportunity’
Two of his co-defendants stood outside the dock because of a lack of space and another co-defendant Danny Chappell, 52, of Bexleyheath, Kent, was charged with money laundering.
All seven men were released on unconditional bail to appear at Southwark Crown Court next month.
District Judge John Zani said: ‘It’s charged as a conspiracy which means the case will need to be dealt with at the higher court.
‘I’m going to grant each of you unconditional bail to attend on the 19th September unless you’re told of a different time or date.’