Wednesday, 3 March 2010

SS Manxman Owner Charged With Fraud.

Achilleas Kallakis. He was once the owner of the prestigious India Buildings in Liverpool.

Picture thanks to Business Week. Entrepreneur Achilleas Kallakis has appeared in court charged with 23 offences relating to alleged £61m frauds against Allied Irish Banks and Bank of Scotland.
Kallakis, formerly known as Stefanos Kollakis, and Alexander Williams, formerly known as Martin Lewis, appeared at the City of London Magistrates Court.
Kallakis and Lewis are charged in relation to alleged property loans frauds against AIB of £56m, and an alleged shipping loan fraud in relation to Bank of Scotland of around £5m.
They were charged with:
• 13 counts of forgery,
• Five counts of fraud by false representation,
• Two counts of money laundering,
• One count of obtaining a money transfer by a deception.
Property Week revealed in April last year that Kallakis was being investigated in relation to the alleged AIB fraud.
The case was sent to Southwark Crown Court and the next hearing will be on 4 May.
He also owned India Buildings and left the place in turmoil when bills were left unpaid  He was called Mayfair’s Walter Mitty after it was alleged that he was the same person who had been duping rich American into buying bogus titles in the 80s.
Fourteen years ago he pleaded guilty to fraud at Southwark crown court, admitting selling "lordships" to Americans, Australians and Arabs for £85,000. Kollakis, who at the time worked for a travel company in Croydon, bought the titles from the Manorial Society of Great Britain, sub-divided them into districts and then offered them for sale via newspaper adverts. The scam claimed to be taking advantage an ancient process known as subinfudation - splitting and increasing the number of titles. But the practice had in fact been banned in 1290.
A jury had heard how Kollakis and a co-conspirator used false names and passports as well as bogus companies, including a fake firm of solicitors, to set up the Institution of Heraldic Affairs. One of the phoney companies used a Latin motto which translates as "virtue is the way".

Kollakis's past reveals a string of small-scale failed businesses which appear to have no assets. Among the ventures to sink into administration were the SS Manxman, a floating disco boat moored at West Waterloo Dock in Liverpool, and Electras, a nightclub in Dewsbury, West Yorkshire. He, in some shape or form, and in my opinion, still owns this rusting hull after numerous campaigns were taken up to save it.


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