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Man who defrauded F1 boss's girl jailed

By Jan Colley

A "sophisticated fraudster" who cost the daughter of Formula 1 billionaire Bernie Ecclestone £1.58m has been jailed for nine months.

Last month a High Court judge ruled that Petra Stunt was entitled to summary judgment against Paul Fleury in that sum because he had used forged invoices to exploit his position of trust while involved in the £25m redevelopment of Sloane Lodge, in Old Church Street, Chelsea, which she bought in February 2012.

Dismissing Fleury's case as hopeless, Mr Justice Turner said his defence was "a convenient lie which he invented months after his wrongdoing had come to light". The judge agreed with lawyers for Sloane House Ltd – Mrs Stunt's company which engaged the contractors undertaking the redevelopment – that Fleury had flouted the terms of an injunction freezing his assets and should receive an immediate prison term as punishment.

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