Conwoman posed as a diamond expert to steal £4.2million worth of gems

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A French lady has been charged for allegedly posing as a diamond expert to steal £4.2million worth of gems by swapping them for pebbles.

The heist passed off on the Boodles jewellery retailer in Mayfair, central London – which counts Victoria Beckham and Rebecca Thompson amongst its prospects, The Sun reported.

Lulu Lakatos, 59, pretended to be a gemologist inspecting diamonds on behalf of Russian businessmen earlier than swapping them whereas staff have been distracted, a British courtroom was instructed yesterday.

She labored with Mikael Jovanovic, Christophe Stankovic, and different unnamed individuals in a 2016 heist described by prosecutors as ‘refined, well-planned and ingeniously orchestrated conspiracy’.

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The gang left the UK inside three hours of the theft, in accordance to the report.

Lulu Lakatos, who referred to as herself Anna, was extradited from France final month and was charged with conspiracy to steal. She pleaded not responsible via a French interpreter on the Southwark crown courtroom.

But the 2 males Mickael Jovanovic and Christophe Stankovic already pleaded responsible to the conspiracy, in accordance to the report.

Lakatos solely spoke to verify her identify, date of beginning, and to enter a not responsible plea.

Judge Joanna Korner QC added: “As I understand it, she’s the woman known as Anna.”

According to the report, Boodles chairman Nicholas Wainwright was contacted the month earlier than the theft by a diamond purchaser.

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They agreed to meet in Monaco, the place Mr Wainwright was launched to two males claiming to be Russian businessmen, who settled on shopping for seven diamonds. They requested for a gemologist to examine them prior to buy. On the day of the theft, 4 of the gang have been seen pretending to window store in Mayfair whereas Lakatos, posing as ‘Anna’, headed to Boodles, courtroom was instructed.

In a raid likened by police to the thefts within the Ocean’s Eleven movies, Georgeta Danila, 52, then allegedly appeared to assist her into a disguise in pub bathrooms earlier than they left the nation, Daily Mail reported.

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She was seen on CCTV leaving and putting a ‘purse-like object’ into an unknown lady’s bag, the courtroom heard. She went into pub bathrooms, the place Danila adopted her with baggage, stated the prosecutor, earlier than Lakatos emerged in a new outfit. Danila, of no mounted handle, denies a cost of conspiracy to steal. She was extradited from France again in July, in accordance to the report.

Lakatos, who was extradited from France final month, was remanded into custody after showing in courtroom yesterday. Trial will proceed on July 19.

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