Fraudster back in business after stealing £54m and not paying back a penny

One of Britain’s biggest fraudsters is back in business – even though he stole £54million from the taxman and never paid back a penny.

Conman Ian Leaf, nicknamed ‘The Tea Leaf” has changed his name and now allegedly runs an offshore company with another ex-convict.

Leaf was sentenced to 12-and-a-half years jail in 2006. On top of the £54m he stole through tax refunds, Inland Revenue investigators found he had amassed an extra £43m in profit.

The ex-car salesman lived the high life in a chateau on Lake Geneva, but when he was told to pay back some of the cash he claimed it had vanished.

But Leaf, 65 – now called Ian Andrews – was this week unmasked in court as the man behind Consult Partners.

The court heard that Kevin MacLeod, 59, helps to run the company as a consultant.

MacLeod was called Kevin Steele in 2008 when he was kicked out of Mishcon de Reya – the legal firm used by Princess Diana in
her divorce.

He was later jailed for five years for helping steal £18.4million.

The former director at Queens Park Rangers football club helped forge documents as part of a dodgy bid to buy luxury property on a resort where footballer Wayne Rooney owned a villa.

Despite their fraud convictions, neither Andrews or MacLeod were ever barred from running businesses.

And now they stand accused of sharp practice again by their former business partner Arpit Ahuja.


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