Search

Widow wins back Hampstead home three years after conman sold it

PUBLISHED: 12:00 02 November 2012

Pamela Schutzmann was swindled out of her home

Pamela Schutzmann was swindled out of her home

Archant

A 90-year-old blind woman has been handed back her £800,000 Hampstead home – more than three years after a conman sold it without her knowledge.

Mogens Hauschild Mogens Hauschild

Pamela Schutzmann has been through both criminal and civil courts in a lengthy legal battle to win back the deeds to her home in Finchley Road.

Danish-born fraudster Mogens Hauschildt befriended the widow before selling her home and swindling a further £400,000 of her savings in 2009.

He has never faced justice and is on the run with UK and European arrest warrants against him. Smooth-talking Hauschildt was convicted of nine counts of fraud and money laundering in his absence in 2009.

Ms Schutzmann, who owned a jewellery manufacturing business with her husband in Hatton Garden, said: “I had wondered if I was going to live to see it. I wanted to hand it over to my family.

“My husband worked for it and the mortgage had all been paid, so of course it is a relief to have my house back.

“But when it comes down to it I have got no money for anything .because he stole everything else.”

Hauschildt had posed as Ms Schutzmann’s financial adviser, remortgaging her home and transferring it into the ownership of his Panama-based company Spazi Properties.

The Land Registry was close to returning it to her in March 2010, but the deal fell through at the final stage.

In an out-of-court settlement solicitor Golnar Bokaei has succeeded in transferring the house back into Ms Schutzmann’s name and she now holds the deeds to her home once more.

Mrs Bokaei, of Hoffman-Bokaei Solicitors in Finchley Road, said: “I’m really happy for Pam because the last time I saw her, her vision had totally gone and she was wondering if she was going to die and never see the day.

“When I phoned her she said: ‘It’s over now,’ and she was very happy.”

Ms Schutzmann, who is registered blind, hopes to claim some compensation when the conman’s assets are carved up at a court hearing on November 14.

But she does not hold out much hope as there are a large number of parties with claims on his assets.

“I do think about him [Hauschildt],” she said.

“I want him caught. I want him to answer for what he has done, but no one seems to do anything about it.”

Latest Hampstead & Highgate News Stories

Holocaust survivor Anita Lasker-Wallfisch who played in the women’s orchestra at Auschwitz will join other survivors at an event to commemorate this year’s Holocaust Memorial Day at JW3, the London Jewish Cultural Centre,in Hampstead.

10:16

Students from Portland Place School have demonstrated their support for anti-bullying by winning first place in the ‘odd socks day challenge’.

On Monday January 15, the BBC featured the enforcement of council tax in its Inside Out London programme.

January is well underway but it’s not too late to wish everyone a Happy New Year!

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Letters, contributions and comments sent in from Gazette readers this week.

Friday, January 19, 2018

The Board of Deputies of British Jews has called for the dismissal of Inner North London’s senior coroner Mary Hassell after a “deeply disappointing” meeting with community leaders to discuss her refusal to respect Jewish burial requirements.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Andrew Dismore AM, Labour London Assembly Member for Barnet and Camden, has added his voice to the calls for the resignation of Inner North London coroner Mary Hassell.

Friday, January 19, 2018

Dinny Hall has designed women’s jewellery for more than 30 years. Described as a ‘little British Tiffany’, she lives in West Hampstead.

PROMOTED CONTENT

For people who suffer with feet problems, it is often difficult to find footwear that is both comfortable and stylish. There is a shop in the West End dedicated to changing that.

Toni Krok, who was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2007, has set up a charity to help people living with the condition and their families adjust to the challenges it brings.

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to the following newsletters:

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Most read Hampstead & Highgate news

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the
Hampstead & Highgate Express
e-edition today

Subscribe

Education and Training

cover

Read the
Education and Training
e-edition today

Read Now