By David Jackson
Costa conman Nigel Goldman has been handed two suspended prison sentences after being found guilty on two counts of fraud at Reading Crown Court.
Jurors found him guilty of two counts of fraud last December 1 relating to the sale of non-existent coins over the internet totalling £10,862. He was cleared of a third count over a disputed £813.30.
Sentencing Goldman – now known as Howard del Monte – last Friday (January 8), judge Ian Grainger branded his lies as “staggering”.
Court reporters recorded the judge as telling Goldman: “You struck me at trial as a man for whom dishonesty has become second nature. Your attempts to characterise the lies as mere sales puff were staggering.”
The UK verdict came as Fuengirola court finally opened its investigation into claims he lost “millions of euros” for investors.