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Luxury car hire boss is charged with fraud

The boss of a luxury car hire firm, accused of swindling creditors out of £750,000 and duping a retired couple out of £150,000, appeared at Southwark Crown Court in London yesterday.

Iranian-born Koroush Pour (33), of Glasswater Road, Crossgar, Downpatrick, was charged after an eight-month probe by the City of London Police’s Economic Crime Unit.

He ran Swift Hire, based in Kensington, west London. He did not enter any pleas and Judge David Higgins bailed him until March 22.

Pour is charged with knowingly carrying on the business of a company with intent to defraud a creditor.

He is also accused of being knowingly party to the carrying on of a business for a fraudulent purpose.

He is accused of financing vehicles through Lombard North Central, and financing the same vehicles via customers.

He is charged with falsely representing to Martyn York and John Mercy that he would exchange £150,000 for Euros.

Pour shares his Downpatrick home with his Irish wife and three children.

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