8:00am Tuesday 27th March 2012
A FRAUDSTER who used a fake credit card in the name of supermodel Eva Herzigova is facing jail after confessing to a £300,000 scam.
Faisal Madani, 47, of Hanbury Gardens, High Woods, Colchester, also admitted using a string of bogus cards in other names.
He was warned he will probably be jailed when he returns to court.
The court heard in late 2007 Madani was caught claiming he had lawful authority to use an American Express card in the name of E Snick.
Over the following years he was caught pulling the same scam 16 times, including using an HSBC Visa card in the name of Ms Herzigova.
Madani confessed to using a fake Tunisian passport and immigration documents in the name of Jemai Fathi, and attempting to use a false Greek passport to set up a bank account.
He also admitted being caught with pieces of paper containing the details of 36 people, inc- luding K Y Hang, Thomas Obermans, Jun Igichi, A Attenborough, and Andrew Wigram.
In total, the Dubai-born businessman admitted 17 counts of fraud, three of possession of false identity documents with intent, two of possession of articles for use in fraud, one of acquiring criminal property and one of theft when he appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London.
The other offences took place between November 2007 and October 2009.
Helen Malcolm QC, prosecuting, said the total loss was about £300,000.
Madani’s lawyers asked for the court to grant time to obtain medical reports, stating he had suffered three heart attacks, including one while appearing in court in Colchester, and that he was waiting for heart surgery.
Judge Alistair McCreath said: “I’m saying nothing about what sentence you will get in postponing the case so your lawyers can get medical reports.
“You know perfectly well you are in serious trouble and you know perfectly well what sort of sentence you are looking at.”
Madani was bailed and is due to be sentenced on May 17.
The court heard Madani was jailed for fraud in April 2008.
He and his then business partner, Graeme Walker, were convicted of forging and selling autographs of famous sportsmen, including Sir Alex Ferguson, Cristiano Ronaldo, Roy Keane, Steven Gerrard, and Jonny Wilkinson.
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