Car firm owner jailed for frauds

A car hire firm boss who used more than £600,000 of other people's money to fund a luxury lifestyle after posing as a Kuwaiti royal family member has been jailed for two years.

Swift Hire owner Koroush Pour, who once loaned a Bugatti Veyron to the BBC's Top Gear show, conned two retired nurses out of their £120,000 pension funds and swindled creditors out of nearly £500,000, London's Southwark Crown Court heard.

The 33-year-old used his business to get credit through the personal information of customers before selling on cars that had hundreds of thousands of pounds left to pay in outstanding finance. Pour duped the two nurses by telling them he could get a favourable sterling rate through his firm for their retirement plans in Spain.

Judge Recorder Anthony Dinkin QC accused Pour of a "professional and accomplished deceit" and added: "You have not only probably brought shame on yourself and your family, but you reduced your own circumstances to one where you are quite unable to live the lavish lifestyle I'm told you were living."

Pour had carried through the scams to cover up for earlier frauds, the court was told, but the judge told him there were "no excuses at all" for his conduct.

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