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New swindling claims as search continues for conman

PUBLISHED: 13:27 07 January 2010 | UPDATED: 16:40 07 September 2010

TWO elderly people have come forward alleging they have also been swindled by the man revealed to have stolen more than £1million from a blind Hampstead widow. The pair have joined the Ham&High in our campaign to hunt down Mogens Hauschild

Ben McPartland

TWO elderly people have come forward alleging they have also been swindled by the man revealed to have stolen more than £1million from a blind Hampstead widow.

The pair have joined the Ham&High in our campaign to hunt down Mogens Hauschildt, 68, a convicted conman who is believed to be hiding out on the Mediterranean coast around the French-Italian border.

Last month we revealed how Danish born Hauschildt went on the run in 2008 before he was due to stand trial for cheating 87-year-old Pamela Schutzmann, of Finchley Road out of her family home and life savings. He was convicted in his absence.

Despite an international arrest warrant being issued, police on the European mainland have been unable to get him behind bars and he was last seen in the Italian coastal town of Bordighera.

This week the Ham&High spoke to two other alleged victims of the swindler who have become frustrated at police efforts and have taken it upon themselves to find the thief.

One 84-year-old woman, who says she has lost half a million Euros to Hauschildt spoke to us from her home on the French Riviera on condition of anonymity because she has not yet told her family of the loss.

She said: "I have told the police here several times where he could be but they have never gone to look for him. It is all small little towns here, it is not like looking for him in London or Paris. But it appears all too easy for him.

"I have to do all the detective work myself. Luckily I am not hindered like poor Pamela and I can drive. I am following any tip-off that is given to me."

Just as in the case of Ms Schutzmann, the pensioner said Hauschildt befriended her and then posed as a financial adviser and offered to invest €500,000 of her money.

In August last year she asked Hauschildt to withdraw some money so she could buy a new car but to her horror he and the cash had vanished.

"I cannot forgive myself," she said. "It is so horrible to think I was so stupid to fall into this trap. Most of my friends don't even know about this. I don't have a penny now. It is typical of the Cote' D'Azur. It is a sunny place for shady people, as the author Somerset Maugham wrote."

Angus Labunski Snr, from Islington whose ex-wife Romana became the girlfriend of Hauschildt also alleges he was defrauded by the con artist.

He says his £1.8million house in central London was sold behind his back with Hauschildt pocketing the cash.

Mr Labunski, 78, has now hired a private investigator to help track him down.

He told the Ham&High: "I will find him. I told him I will hound him until the end of the world because of what he did to me, my family and my reputation. I want to have him arrested."

Hauschildt has a property in La Turbie, a French Riviera town in between Nice and the Italian border. It is valued at around £2million and was believed to have been paid for using his victim's money.

The Metropolitan Police arranged for an order to be placed on the house preventing it from being sold with the idea that it would eventually be confiscated to help compensate those who lost money.

But Hauschildt managed to transfer the property to an offshore company based in the Channel Islands and worryingly for his victims it has just been put up for sale on the French property market.

This week the Ham&High continued its campaign to help track down Hauschildt. We contacted The Riviera Times, an English language newspaper published along the Mediterranean coast, who have now agreed to publish an article on the conman and an appeal for help. Anyone with information can contact Ben McPartland on


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