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A “serial fraudster” who pretended to be a multi-millionaire wine trader in an elaborate £100,000 scam has been jailed for four years.
Lasse Hartmann, 44, a Danish national living in north London, used his relationship with lifestyle blogger Adanma Wokoh to con her professional contacts into giving him huge sums of money.
He conned more than 20 people out of roughly £104,00 over the course of 17 months.
In April, Ms Wokah spoke out about her ordeal, saying she went into the relationship believing she had found her life-partner only to realise he was a seasoned con-artist.
Hartmann convinced Ms Wokoh, with whom he had an 18-month relationship, they should rent a flat in the affluent Belgravia area of London.
He also bought her an engagement ring he told her had cost £50,000 which turned out to be worth just £20.
Hartmann, of Cardinals Way, was convicted of 22 counts of fraud in April 2017 and sentenced to four years imprisonment at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Wednesday.
PC Alex Ramsay, from the Met’s Falcon Unit, said: “Hartmann is a professional conman and fraudster. He didn’t care about the people he was hurting, either financially or emotionally.
“He exploited everyone around him, not least the woman who thought that she was going to marry him.
“He used her status as a respected food blogger to give him credibility and from there managed to convince a number of businesses to go into partnership with him.
He added: “Hartmann is now facing the very real prospect of time in prison, which reflects the devastation and misery he has caused to such a large number of victims.”
Hartmann, using the alias ‘Lars Petraeus’, posed as a well-connected multi-millionaire business trading in the global wine industry.
His fraud was so elaborate he hired a personal assistant and chauffeur to convince people he was a professional businessman, police said.
He won the trust of his partner’s contacts through making expensive purchases on a credit card, while one of his victims, an online meat trader, even entered into a business partnership with him.
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