Have you been swindled by this character?
Blunket row tycoon in rift with old pal.
Tariq Siddiqi - "Mr Fixit"
Tariq Siddiqi, the colourful figure at the centre of the shares scandal that
forced David Blunkett to resign from the Cabinet for a second time, is locked in a
bitter legal dispute over a medical breakthrough he thought would make his fortune.
It has also destroyed a family friendship after Siddiqi, 59, issued a writ against the
husband of his wifes closest and oldest friend. The businessmans spouse Lucy Siddiqi, 43, and her
great pal Joanna Green have been inseparable since they
attended the same prep school in West London.
They went on holiday together, always
celebrated each others birthdays, and when Lucy gave birth to her fourth child,
Cosmo, now three, Joanna looked after her other three children for a time. Now, their
34-year friendship is at an end, I am told.
"They havent seen or spoken to each other since their
respective husbands had their huge falling out," says a mutual friend.
The bust-up is over who has the rights to a new, cheap medical test for sexually
transmitted diseases. Siddiqi, who in 2005 accused Blunkett of recklessness and of "thinking he was above the law" when he failed
to notify a Whitehall committee that he had joined the board of his DNA Bioscience firm,
says that after talking to a scientist within his company, he devised the idea of a method
of testing for 32 sexually transmitted diseases that would save people the embarrassment
of visiting a clinic.
He claims his idea was effectively stolen from him by Joannas husband, fashion
executive Simon Green, whom he is suing, together with
colleagues of Greens.
"I was well and truly shattered" he
says. "Neither my wife nor myself has spoken to them since
2007. He isnt the only person involved. There are several others, including
the scientist and an accountant. But it is his involvement that hurts the most."
Green, meanwhile, has filed a defence to the writ, insisting the concept was conceived and
developed by him and the scientist, not Siddiqi. "It
will come to the High Court in March unless they settle beforehand," adds
Siddiqi. "We reckon damages will be £10-£40
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Blunkett could lose £15,000 as DNA company
David Blunkett invested £15,000 in Tariq
and Lucy Siddiqi and lost every penny!
David Blunkett's £15,000 stake in a DNA
testing firm, which led to his downfall from the Cabinet, appeared to be worth little last
night after the company called in insolvency practitioners. DNA Bioscience is
majority-owned by Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.
Lucy and Tariq Siddiqi
DNA Bioscience provided paternity testing.
Its inquiry line for prospective and existing clients had a permanently engaged tone
yesterday. Mr Siddiqi's previous firm - Berkeley Square Chauffeur
Services - also went into liquidation, owing 92 creditors.
Copyright: The Daily Telegraph
Phone-hacking trial hears Blunkett voicemails to former
girlfriend of Tariq Siddiqi.
The former Home Secretary David Blunkett left
voicemails on a female friend's phone, in which he described the media as
"hyenas". Sally Anderson had been introduced to him by the socialite Tariq
Siddiqi. In the messages Blunkett was heard telling her that she "must rue the
day" Tariq Siddiqi introduced them.
"Someone very close has
done a really phenomenal piece of work on destroying both our lives at this moment in time
and it's vile. Whoever it is, I hope they rot in hell". At one
point a male voice was heard in the background of the recording saying: "Just tell him you love him - and that's £25,000, thank you."
In another message played to the jury on Monday, Blunkett said: "I don't know who has done this, but they are real bastards, they've
done it for money and they've done it for themselves. The world stinks."
He told Anderson on the voicemail "I do think that
someone has done a pretty good stitch-up job, chapter and verse, times, places,
everything. That's pretty sophisticated to say the least."
Copyright: The Guardian
Blunketts aide Tariq Siddiqi
accused of cheating former associates.
Tariq Siddiqi took 92 creditors for a ride.
LONDON: The entrepreneur who arranged the meeting that led
to David Blunketts affair with a 29-year-old estate agent was accused of cheating
his former associates in a failed business venture.
Tariq Siddiqi was confronted by angry
creditors when his Mayfair-based Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services collapsed
and one creditor took a dossier of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yards Fraud
Car firm proprietor Terry Martin accused Siddiqi over a lucrative contract to provide
chauffeur service to a wealthy client. Police decided against a criminal investigation but
Martin told the Standard: I was duped - and he still owes
Siddiqi's now-defunct car business was based near
Annabels nightclub and provided highly experienced chauffeurs in Rolls Royce,
Daimler and Mercedes cars. His clientele included celebrities and business figures and
Siddiqi employed small chauffeur companies as sub-contractors. These firms claim that
Siddiqi pocketed money that was theirs.
"Hes a conman, said Terry Martin of
the TM Chauffeur Group. He
gave me a dud cheque for nearly £5,000, but we later discovered that his bank account had
been closed for months when he wrote it.
Martin was one of several independent drivers and car providers who said they had been
duped by Siddiqi into doing work for which they were never paid. One, who asked not to be
identified, said: I dont think he ever intended to
Tariq Siddiqi wrote
out this rubber cheque
6 months after he had closed his bank account.
At one point, Martin and other chauffeur
firm proprietors who claimed Siddiqi owed them money besieged his Holland Park house.
Martin said: His wife Lucy came to the bedroom window and
said we would get our money. But we never got a penny.
Martin, who was owed just under £10,000, joined a 92-name list
of creditors. One, Prestige Carriages of north London, was owed £88,393. A
spokesman for the firm said: We had a relationship with
him for a while, but in the end we didnt get paid.
Mr Martin (who is disabled) believed he had been defrauded and took a dossier containing
details of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard. He had a discussion with the fraud
squad and detectives took up his complaint with the liquidator of Siddiqis company.
After enquiries, the police decided not to proceed with a criminal investigation.
Mr Martin said "we were all told to arrive at the
creditors' meeting for 10am, but when we got there we learnt that the liquidator and
Siddiqi had held the creditors' meeting at 9.30am and so no one could raise any questions.
I cant believe David
Blunkett would have got involved with a man like Siddiqi. Surely his advisers could have
steered him clear of someone like that? He's cheated me out of £10,000 and the stress of
it all is just too much to bear for both myself and my wife.
Copyright: London Evening Standard
Arrows head gets nine years for fraud
The older brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi was yesterday sentenced to nine years in
prison after being convicted of seven charges of fraudulent trading, obtaining property
and services by deception and making false statements to obtain bank facilities. Muhammed Naviede was the former head of the collapsed
trade finance company Arrows. Mr Siddiqi had no comment to
make following the verdict.
Tariq Siddiqi arriving at the Old Bailey.
After a six-month trial at the Old Bailey, the jury yesterday decided unanimously that Mr
Naviede was guilty of seven of the eight charges put before them. Judge Richard Hawkins
QC, who described Mr Naviede as a highly intelligent man who had been "very crafty" in the way he had carried out his
The sentence is one of the longest ever awarded after a prosecution brought by the Serious
Fraud Office, which began its investigations into the affair in July 1990, in conjunction
with the City of London Police. When Arrows collapsed in July 1991, more than £100
million was left owing to more than 20 banks and other creditors.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting for the
Serious Fraud Office, said:
"He was mixing with the rich and famous, convincing them that he was not just one of
them but among the most successful . . . he was a man who lived an opulent lifestyle -
grand house, private jet . . . as it turned out financed with other people's money."
Copyright: The Independent
The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust
Pervaiz Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi
The younger brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi, Manchester-based
Pervaiz Naviede, established
a family trust in Guernsey called The
Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust which trade titles have suggested is worth £100 million. The source of the family's money is believed to
have come from selling curries in Manchester and various property deals involving the
resale of former council blocks. He is a director of Legendary Property Company (LPC1 Ltd)
and LPC Living. LPC Living and Salford City Council signed the Ordsall Development
Framework, a regeneration scheme.
It was suggested recently at a party that
£100 million seemed to represent "a lot of curries", but he wryly observed:"not
Among the entrepreneur's non-property
investments was a majority stake in genetic testing company DNA BioScience, run by his
brother Tariq Siddiqi and his wife Lucy Siddiqi, before it went into liquidation.
Pervaiz Naviede is the brother of Mohammed Naviede
(the eldest brother in the Siddiqi family who was convicted
of stealing £100 million from banks on 7th July 1995)
and the London-based socialite Tariq
In 2010 Mohammed Naviede was sued for the return of a deposit placed by a buyer who had agreed to
purchase his flat at 7 Chester Terrace, Regents Park, NW1.[Case]
Naviede lost the case and had to give back the deposit. The case against him for bank
fraud is here
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Week and Google Inc.
Mohammed Maximilian Naviede
Bank Fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison