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'Fraudster' dubbed 'Con Queen of Hollywood' after '$1.5M scam' would find sharing cell 'stressful'


An alleged fraudster dubbed ‘the Con Queen of Hollywood’ could discover sharing a cell in an American jail ‘a supply of stress’, a courtroom has heard.

Indonesian man Hargobind Tahilramani, 42, is needed within the US for a $1.5 million rip-off and is preventing his extradition from the UK.

Tahilramani allegedly swindled Hollywood professionals out of enormous sums of money by posing as showbiz executives providing them film offers, together with pretending to be producers working for The Darkish Knight director Christopher Nolan.

Hargobind Tahilramani, 42, allegedly ran a rip-off which noticed him impersonate prime movie executives

Others imitated by the so-called ‘catfish’ included Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy, former Sony film chief Amy Pascal, and ex-Paramount boss Sherry Lansing, it’s stated.

In one other occasion, Tahilramani allegedly spoke in a high-pitched voice to impersonate Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng whereas luring creatives into his scheme.

He’s going through two counts of wire fraud, 5 counts of aggravated identification theft and is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries the utmost of 20 years jail.

He was arrested at a £60-a-night Aparthotel in Manchester on 26 November 2020 after a year-long probe by the FBI.

Tahilramani, who’s overtly homosexual and stated he got here to the UK so he might stay in a ‘free society’, is at the moment in HMP Wandsworth and is resisting extradition to the US.

Neil Greenberg, a psychiatrist who examined Tahilramani, gave proof at Westminster Magistrates Court docket at the moment.

Ben Cooper, representing Mr Tahilramani, questioned Mr Greenberg.

‘If he got a cellmate, is it able to being extra damaging to this defendant’s psychological well being?’

‘It might go both approach’, replied Mr Greenberg.

Tahilramani is accused of impersonating Rupert Murdoch's former wife Wendi Deng

Tahilramani is accused of impersonating Rupert Murdoch’s former spouse Wendi Deng

‘Generally his cell mates have been okay, typically they’ve been very disagreeable. This might be an added supply of stress.’

‘Do you envision any difficulties he could encounter in sharing a confined house?’

‘Given he has a average character dysfunction he’s more likely to irritate or trigger difficulties for whoever he’s with – on stability it’s possible it could be sophisticated,’ the psychiatrist replied.

‘There are various dangers that might come up. The individual he shared with could discover it troublesome to get on with him.

‘He could really feel the necessity to act out to make his level. That is laborious to foretell with out figuring out the character of the individual he can be positioned with.’

Mr Cooper then questioned Mr Greenberg in regards to the relationship Tahilramani may need with jail employees.

‘Is that able to ameliorating the psychological affect?’

‘If he had supportive employees delicate to psychological well being that might be protecting. Change that round to somebody not taken with psychological well being, that might make it not supportive and can be a further stress for him.’

Mr Cooper then requested Mr Greenberg about how Tahilramani may deal with solitary confinement.

Tahilramani is resisting extradition to the US because he wants to be tried in the UK

Tahilramani is resisting extradition to the US as a result of he needs to be tried within the UK.  A psychiatrist stated he could discover sharing a cell in an American jail ‘a supply of stress’

‘What can be his skill to deal with that regime?’

‘That will be troublesome for him’

However Greenberg emphasised that if he had actions to maintain him occupied it is likely to be simpler for him.

‘He likes textiles. If he had sufficient distracting supplies that would scale back the chance. However it could be troublesome, there is no two methods about it.’

Tahilramani was charged by a grand jury within the Southern District of California with eight counts on 6 October 2020.

On rely one he’s charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries the utmost of 20 years jail.

He faces two counts of wire fraud, carrying the identical most.

The 5 counts of aggravated identification theft he’s going through, every carry a most of two years imprisonment.

Earlier within the trial, Psychiatrist Dr Stuart Grassian, an skilled on the psychiatric results of solitary confinement, stated Tahilramani won’t be able to manage in an American jail.

Giving proof over a stay hyperlink Dr Grassian stated: ‘Will he be capable of cope in the identical approach he has been capable of cope in Wandsworth? My reply isn’t any.’

The extradition listening to continues.

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