Girlfriend of high society fraudster turned blind eye to his infidelity so

first_imgFashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33Credit:Glen Minikin She used the cash to go on a £1,300 spending spree, a night at the Dorchester Hotel in London, a jaunt to the Monaco Grand Prix and buy her the chance to rub shoulders with the aristocracy at the Henley Regatta.Subris’ lawyer argued that she was taken in by the “Svengali-like” Brudenell, who is serving nine years in prison for a string of frauds which left his victims feeling “violated.”But she was jailed for two and a half years by a judge who told her she was prepared to turn a blind eye to her boyfriend having sex with other women so she could keep up her lavish lifestyle. I feel sexually violated by him. It frightens me there are such terribly dishonest people out thereVictim of Guy Brudenell North Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Guy Brudenell who was handed a jail term of five years and four months after conning three business associates Alexandra Subris, the girlfriend of Guy Brudenell, appearing at Teesside Crown CourtCredit: Glen Minikin Subris admitted money laundering and fraud totalling £113,000. She pleaded guilty to laundering the money he stole from his victims and to hiding cash from the Insolvency Service by pretending to renovate a property he owned in Runswick Bay, North Yorkshire.The court was told that Subris provided false invoices for work that she had supposedly had done on the sprawling house, Buttsville, when in fact it was a ruse to stop it being claimed as one of Brudenell’s assets.Prosecutor Craig Hassall said that after the £475,000 house was sold, Subris went on a spending spree in London with her share of the spoils. Fashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33 The girlfriend of a “high society fraudster” turned a blind eye to his infidelity and described it as “an occupational hazard” so she could live the high life on the proceeds of the women he fleeced, a court was told.Fashion designer Alexandra Subris, 33, ignored the fact that bankrupt millionaire Guy Brudenell was sleeping with the women he fleeced and was happy to spend the cash he earned from his cruel cons.Teesside Crown Court heard Subris was a girl from a humble background with an “insatiable craving for the finer things in life”. He told the court: “There were significant transactions at Selfridges, Louis Vuitton, Harrods and the Dorchester Hotel where £1,300 was spent.”Mr Hassall went on: “Her account was used heavily to receive monies from the benefits of Brudenell’s frauds.”She was described variously as his sister, his interior designer, his curtain maker, when in fact she was his girlfriend and they used these dishnoestly obtained funds to finance their lifestyle.”She would have come to know, or at the very least suspect the funds were coming from his criminality. “She chose not to open the Pandora’s Box of his infidelity, she appears to see that as an occupational hazard for women involved with men of wealth.”He had formed sexual relationships with some of the women he defrauded. One of them, who was defrauded of £1,250 believed this defendant was his website designer.” Alexandra Subris, the girlfriend of Guy Brudenell, appearing at Teesside Crown Court North Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Guy Brudenell who was handed a jail term of five years and four months after conning three business associatesCredit:Glen Minikin The court heard that one of the women tracked Brudenell dowen to the home he shared with Subris and confronted them both about him conning her after a sexual fling.Mr Hassall said: “By that time in early 2013 there could have been no doubt about the source of the funds into her account.”He added: “She had an insatiable craving for the finer things in life. She took visits to Dubai, Marbella, the Monaco Grand Prix, Ascot and the Henley Regatta. It was a jet set lifestyle paid for by the victims of Brudenell’s frauds.”In police interview she went on to say the she and Brudenell were the victims of bitter people.”However Ian McMeekin, mitigating, said Subris, who met Brudenell in August 2008, was in effect another of the charming rogue’s victims.He told the court: “She became seduced by his obvious charm and charisma. She came from a humble background and he introduced her to a life she could only imagine and she was taken in by his promise of the high life.”She was an impressionable young woman with no criminal background, from a  humble family who was introduced to this lifestyle, there is no doubt he corrupted her.”She trusted him and her head was turned by his apparent good character. He said he had doner work with the Church of England and had contacts with high society.”Subris, who has previously worked as a fashion designer creating flamboyant dresses popular at race meetings, wiped away tears throughout the hearing.Sentencing her to two and a half years, Judge Howard Crowson said: “You were to some extend led astray by a charming and persuasive man but you were an enthusiastic participant in the first offence and were happy to accept the trappings of the offending in the other.”Bankrupt millionaire Brudenell, 46, stole around £75,000 from the victims he met on the website.The former property mogul, of Nawton, near Helmsley, and Lammas Court, Scarcroft, Leeds, was a renowned businessman before the economic crash.He was declared bankrupt in 2009 and jailed in 2013 for fraud. He once took part in a charity sky-dive with the Archbishop of York and lived in a £1.3 million country mansion in Nawton near Helmsley, with its own cricket pitch, tennis court, greenhouses, summerhouse, cottage and terrace on its 7.62 acres.The woman Brudenell had an affair with and who tracked him down to his house and confronted him said in a victim impact statement: “I feel sexually violated by him,” and: “It frightens me there are such terribly dishonest people out there.”Another said: “Guy Brudenell has had a horrible detrimental effect on my life and still does to this day.”Detective Inspector Jon Hodgeon, of North Yorkshire Police’s Major Fraud and Economic Crime Unit, said: “Subris was a devious fraudster whose greed has now caught up with her.”The outcome of this case should send a clear message to those that seek to benefit from the proceeds of crime, that they will be punished and will face the consequences of their actions.”This investigation was long and complex and my thanks goes to the victims and witnesses who supported the case throughout the lengthy process and without whom today’s result would not have been possible.” Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? 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