Widow wins back Hampstead home three years after conman sold it

12:00 02 November 2012

Pamela Schutzmann was swindled out of her home

Pamela Schutzmann was swindled out of her home


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 HauschildMogens 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.”

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