John and Susan Ann Szepietowski, rich but poorer now the ARA have relieved them of £5.3 Mn. Greedy dishonest bastards.
Solicitor Mr John Szepietowski and his former building society manager wife Susan Ann lived in some style at their palatial home, Ashford House, Four Winds Park, St George's Hill, Weybridge Surrey.
Until one day as ARA interim director Alan McQuillan explains : "This case started with an initial investigation into the alleged laundering of the proceeds of drug trafficking from Turkey through an offshore trust which owns assets in the UK. "
"Mr Szepietowski was the solicitor who set up that trust for a client and also acted as trustee. "
"When ARA opened an investigation into the trust, the receiver soon uncovered a separate and complex web of fraud, money laundering and tax evasion by the Szepietowskis over a period of 15 years."
The agency alleged the Szepietowskis, obtained property by fraud and through the widespread use of false identities to conceal true ownership which they have consistently denied. It also alleged that the Szepietowskis benefited from a phoenix fraud scam, involving the publishing of adult magazines, but have nonetheless agreed to hand over £5.375 million in assets on 15 January 2008 , relating to the Merchant Taylor Company Limited, registered in the British Virgin Islands, Cobham Investments Limited and Cobham Investments Leisure Limited.
Although they have attempted to slim the claims down ,unsuccessfully and thereby established a useful point of law for the ARA in recovering assets as a result of crime in ivestigating their property empire said to be worth £33m, naturally they deny any wrongdoing. Somehow in some way David Gale (also known as David Moore) and Teresa Mandy Gale formerly of Christchurch, Hampshire were involved with John Szepietowski in his capacity as director and company secretary of Countess Investments Limited and trustee of the Heritage Investment Trust. (?)
The ARA has been forced to defend itself against lawyers testing whether it breaches human rights, exceeds its powers or freezes too many assets.
The Anti Noise from Aircraft website pays great credit to "John Szepietowski is a successful property developer and investor " who has provided, "generous donations and continued support" he has also financed the Cancer at Large website
On 18th March 2008 John Szepietowski registered 3 petitions on the No 10 website
Reduce the Civil Service by 10% by December 2009 Reduce the number of flights by 30% by December 2009 ban all night flights across the UK between the hours of 2200 and 0700 The 3 petitions raised 19 signatures before closing.
More successful than Lord Patel trying to get Gordon Brown to stop the CIA organising riots against the Chinese treatment of ethnic Tibetans althopugh he has recently had one refused - "We the undersigned petition the Prime Minister to Reduce the frequency and length of advertisments on Satellite Television".
He has however had a little more success because he wrote to the Times online on March 13th 2008 about the Heathrow incursion recently ..."It is sad to see that someone has had to resort to such tactics to express their anti airport expansion views. However, the BAA and the Government need to wake up and take notice of the very real opposition to Heathrow's expansion."
John Szepietowski, Weybridge, Surrey UK
A man with a finger in many things -
UPDATE : 6th April . This Guradian article "Solicitor saga highlights problems facing cash recovery unit" by David Leigh & Rob Evans on Friday September 2nd 2006 provides some fascinating details about more of the the Szepietowski's activities, including their contacts with the colourful Freemason Lord Shannon, Eddie Soar, a wanted man using an alias, allegedly linked to a heroin trafficker in Turkey and Gabriel Bivolaru, a colourful Romanian politician and expert on tantric sex and at one time charged with sex with minors, since jailed for corruption.
Lord Shannon was attempting to divest himself of ancient baronial titles and Lords of the Manor which he consigned to Strutt and Parker to sell in November 2003. Lady Chichester intervened as her family held some of these titles ... the result was that Five lots, including the Barony of Barnstaple - 4, 8, 15, 28 and 41 - were withdrawn before the sale, half the other lots did not reach their reserve, and strangely there were no successful bid for Lots 5 & 25 ...the Lordship of the Manor of Monkstown - Lot 5 - and the Lordship and Territorial Barony of Barnahely - Lot 25 .
Leigh and Evans in their article write ..."Lord Shannon, who used Mr Szepietowski to help him sell off a portfolio of his own lucrative "lord of the manor" titles, said he was stunned by the ARA's move. He had always found the lawyer "very charming".... but then rogues invariably are.