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‘Fraudster’ dubbed ‘Con Queen of Hollywood’ after ‘$1.5M rip-off’ would discover sharing cell ‘aggravating’


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

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

Tahilramani allegedly swindled Hollywood professionals out of huge 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 id 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 brazenly homosexual and stated he got here to the UK so he might dwell in a ‘free society’, is at present in HMP Wandsworth and is resisting extradition to the US.

Neil Greenberg, a psychiatrist who examined Tahilramani, gave proof at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom immediately.

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 method’, 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, generally they’ve been very disagreeable. This may very well be an added supply of stress.’

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

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

‘There are numerous dangers that would 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 onerous to foretell with out figuring out the character of the individual he could be positioned with.’

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

‘Is that able to ameliorating the psychological affect?’

‘If he had supportive employees delicate to psychological well being that may be protecting. Change that round to somebody not considering psychological well being, that may make it not supportive and could 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 desires to be tried within the UK.  A psychiatrist stated he could discover sharing a cell in an American jail ‘a supply of stress’

‘What could be his capability to deal with that regime?’

‘That may be troublesome for him’

However Greenberg emphasised that if he had actions to maintain him occupied it may 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 not any 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 depend 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 id theft he’s going through, every carry a most of two years imprisonment.

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

Giving proof over a dwell hyperlink Dr Grassian stated: ‘Will he be capable to cope in the identical method he has been in a position to cope in Wandsworth? My reply is not any.’

The extradition listening to continues.

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