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July 16, 2017

Canvassing a Con

by Matthew Steeples

After a Chelsea chef who came out of nowhere named Michael Riemenschneider is revealed to be a “conman” in the ‘Mail on Sunday’, readers tell of his past form   As can only be expected of a paper that loves a bit of sensationalism this week’s Mail on Sunday’s ‘YOU’ got rather carried away in … Continue reading “Canvassing a Con”

May 11, 2017

Quote of the Week – Beasts & Crooks

by Matthew Steeples

Dennis Skinner on the now rejected Tory election fraud allegations   Yesterday, the Electoral Commission astonishingly rejected all but one of the allegations of electoral fraud against Conservative Party candidates and officials in relation to activities during the 2015 General Election campaign. A potential charge, against Craig MacKinlay, the MP for South Thanet, is all … Continue reading “Quote of the Week – Beasts & Crooks”

December 2, 2016

Crook Bankrupt

by Matthew Steeples

PR man of fat Australian Clive Palmer who wanted to rebuild RMS Titanic goes broke; appropriately his surname is ‘Crook’   In 2013, a larger-than-life Aussie gave a press conference at The Ritz, London after hanging out with a now deceased jailbird Astor scion in New York. He tastelessly announced he was rebuilding the RMS … Continue reading “Crook Bankrupt”

March 16, 2016

Ex-ing Rutland

by Matthew Steeples

Evening Standard describes Tamara Ecclestone’s husband Jay Rutland as her “ex-husband”; do they know something the public have yet to learn?

December 19, 2015

Wally of the Week: Martin Shkreli

by Matthew Steeples

Exploitative pharmaceutical price gouger Martin Shkreli arrested on suspicion of running a Ponzi scheme

July 28, 2015

Constance Briscoe

by General

The author of Ugly and Beyond Ugly, Clapham based Constance Briscoe is nothing but a shameless disgrace.

July 14, 2015

Ashley Mote

by General

Having claimed that “five years in the EU lunatic asylum showed me that EU corruption was truly out of control”, former UKIP MEP and immigrant hater Ashley Mote was jailed for five years in July 2015 after being convicted for fraudulently claiming some £500,000 in European Parliament expenses.

July 10, 2015

Alex Hope

by General

A catering manager turned Ponzi schemer and conman, Canary Wharf based Alex Hope blamed everyone but himself for his demise.

July 9, 2015

From Russia with Cash

by Matthew Steeples

Anyone who watches Channel 4’s ‘From Russia With Cash’ will agree that it is now time for estate agents to be regulated suggests Matthew Steeples

July 4, 2015

May he get the Max

by Matthew Steeples

Paedophile Max Clifford charged with allegation of indecent assault

July 3, 2015

The W***er’s Tower

by Matthew Steeples

Unfortunately nicknamed Gloucestershire residence hits the market a year after Old Harrovian Sheel Khemka’s first trial

July 1, 2015

Alwen Hughes (also known as “Alwen Harris”)

by General

The wife of the disgraced entertainer and convicted paedophile Rolf Harris, jeweller and sculptress Alwen Hughes complained of “sleepless nights” during his 2014 trial.

June 29, 2015

Pete Halat

by General

Former attorney and Mayor of Biloxi, Mississippi from 1989 to 1993, Pete Halat was acquitted of but still is often connected to the 1987 murders of his business partner Judge Vincent Sherry and his wife.

June 21, 2015

A tweet too far

by Matthew Steeples

Her Majesty’s Prison Services ought to revoke fraudster Ben Fiberesima’s ability to use such sites as Twitter

April 26, 2015

Wally of the Week: Keith Vaz

by Matthew Steeples

It is time that the Labour politician Keith Vaz asked himself some questions about his role in protecting the alleged paedophile Lord Janner

April 23, 2015

Tommy’s troubles

by General

Thomas McLoughlin sentenced for his latest actions against Matthew Steeples

July 29, 2013

Bargaining a much deserved sentence

by Matthew Steeples

Thomas Joseph McLoughlin jailed   Some would argue that it isn’t fair to kick a man when he’s down. In the case of Thomas McLoughlin, jailed today for 14 months at Isleworth Crown Court, I’ll make a much deserved exception.

March 29, 2013

The truth’s stranger than fiction

by Matthew Steeples

The “Devil’s Advocate” is jailed for 14 years   Bogus lawyer Giovanni di Stefano was jailed for 14 years yesterday after being found 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 … Continue reading “The truth’s stranger than fiction”

January 18, 2013

Lance Armstrong

by Matthew Steeples

Cycling’s former golden boy being exposed as a cheat shocked the world. He summed himself perfectly in a comment to Oprah Winfrey in January 2013: “I look at this clip [of himself] and say ‘Look at this arrogant prick.’“ Many call for him to retire into obscurity but sadly that seems unlikely. Instead, the former … Continue reading “Lance Armstrong”

November 10, 2012

Greed ain’t that good

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples reports on the sentencing of Maria Michaela   Today, Maria Michaela was sentenced to 9 years in jail at Harrow crown court for her role as the lynchpin in a fraud of epic proportions.     Termed as “Britain’s biggest female fraudster” by the Evening Standard, Michaela is someone I came across in … Continue reading “Greed ain’t that good”

October 19, 2012

First Among (Not So) Equals

by Matthew Steeples

The latest sale of 32a Ovington Square   I first visited 32a Ovington Square in September 2009. At the time, this “hidden house” was the home of Lord Carrington and it had just come on the market at a price, if I recall correctly, of circa £3,000,000.     A friend was looking for somewhere … Continue reading “First Among (Not So) Equals”

October 4, 2012

Why pay less?

by Matthew Steeples

Living life to the full Donald G. Abbey style   “Why pay less when you can pay more?” is a mantra that some strangely choose to live by. In my time, I have encountered a couple with a different Ferrari for each day of the week, someone who proudly declared their home had a window … Continue reading “Why pay less?”

August 21, 2012

The man who had it all

by Matthew Steeples

The conviction of Asil Nadir   Last month I visited a house I’d heard much about over the years in the company of Ed Burrows, the personable managing director of Barnsdale Lodge in Rutland. That house, located a few minutes from the hotel that Burrows so ably runs, was Burley-on-the-Hill House.   Now converted into … Continue reading “The man who had it all”

August 17, 2012

Assange’s asylum

by Matthew Steeples

Matthew Steeples gives his view on Julian Assange’s having been granted asylum by Ecuador   I spent much of the day yesterday watching the Occupy News Network live video stream from outside the Ecuadorian Embassy in London.   For those who don’t know it, the Occupy News Network is the news source of the Occupy … Continue reading “Assange’s asylum”

June 24, 2012

Paul Burrell RVM

by Matthew Steeples

A Royal servant turned blabbermouth. He calls himself a “noted authority on all things regal.” Is anyone listening? No, we think not.

June 18, 2012

Edward Putman

by Matthew Steeples

This convicted rapist and burglar from St Albans won a £4.5 million National Lottery jackpot in 2009.  He carried on claiming benefits until he was caught but now claims he’ll pay back what he owes. Put him in the stocks.

May 13, 2012

Owen Oyston

by Matthew Steeples

This flamboyant fedora wearing tycoon made his fortune selling an estate agency empire just before the 1987 stock market crash. He’s now worth in excess of £100 million. Married twice to a former Miss Blackpool, his 13th century Lancashire home, Claughton Hall, was moved from the bottom of a hill to the top. He served … Continue reading “Owen Oyston”

May 11, 2012

James Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

Considered by many as the pretender to the fortune of his father, Rupert, the phone hacking scandal may have put paid to that. He dropped out of Harvard to start a hip hop label named Rawkus and even gave an airing to a then little known Eminem. Here’s a rebel, complete with two tattoos, who, … Continue reading “James Murdoch”

April 28, 2012

Andrew Davis

by Matthew Steeples

He was labeled “Baron Von Essen” but evidence of his pedigree failed to surface. Starting in 1990, this buccaneer built up a collection of 26 luxury hotels but the £300m empire, developed with loans from bankers who plainly asked very few questions, collapsed in 2011. Since then, instead of quietly going to ground, he’s bought … Continue reading “Andrew Davis”

Trenton Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

He swam into the path of the Oxford vessel in the 2012 Xchanging Boat Race. Oldfield claimed to be protesting about “elitism” but it transpired that he was himself educated at a private school and the LSE. His hypocrisy knows no bounds and thankfully he ended up in the clink.

Rupert Murdoch

by Matthew Steeples

This father of six is a media mogul who doesn’t back down. Faced with being labeled the prime culprit in the phone hacking debacle, he battles on. His second wife Wendi packs a mean left hook.

April 25, 2012

The greenest of Astons

by Matthew Steeples

The sale of an Aston Martin Virage Volante used by Prince Charles   A press release pinged into my inbox this morning from Bonhams that immediately caught my attention. It came from Leonora Oldfield of Bonhams, someone I hadn’t heard from since the days when we were both involved in fundraising for Lady Meyer’s PACT. … Continue reading “The greenest of Astons”

April 8, 2012

Keep your oar out Oldfield

by Matthew Steeples

Profile: Trenton Oldfield: the man who temporarily halted the 2012 Boat Race   “Why are the right such angry people?” asked @NotAGateway, the shared Twitter account of Deepa Naik and her boyfriend Trenton Oldfield yesterday afternoon.   In this comment, Oldfield, who had just managed to swim into the path of the Oxford boat in … Continue reading “Keep your oar out Oldfield”

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