An alleged fraudster dubbed ‘the Con Queen of Hollywood’ might discover sharing a cell in an American jail ‘a supply of stress’, a court docket has heard.
Indonesian man Hargobind Tahilramani, 42, is needed within the US for a $1.5 million rip-off and is combating his extradition from the UK.
Tahilramani allegedly swindled Hollywood professionals out of huge sums of money by posing as showbiz executives providing them film offers, together with pretending to be producers working for The Darkish Knight director Christopher Nolan.
Hargobind Tahilramani, 42, allegedly ran a rip-off which noticed him impersonate high movie executives
Others imitated by the so-called ‘catfish’ included Star Wars producer Kathleen Kennedy, former Sony film chief Amy Pascal, and ex-Paramount boss Sherry Lansing, it’s mentioned.
In one other occasion, Tahilramani allegedly spoke in a high-pitched voice to impersonate Rupert Murdoch’s ex-wife Wendi Deng whereas luring creatives into his scheme.
He’s dealing with two counts of wire fraud, 5 counts of aggravated id theft and is charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries the utmost of 20 years jail.
He was arrested at a £60-a-night Aparthotel in Manchester on 26 November 2020 after a year-long probe by the FBI.
Tahilramani, who’s overtly homosexual and mentioned he got here to the UK so he may dwell in a ‘free society’, is at the moment in HMP Wandsworth and is resisting extradition to the US.
Neil Greenberg, a psychiatrist who examined Tahilramani, gave proof at Westminster Magistrates Courtroom at the moment.
Ben Cooper, representing Mr Tahilramani, questioned Mr Greenberg.
‘If he got a cellmate, is it able to being extra damaging to this defendant’s psychological well being?’
‘It may go both manner’, replied Mr Greenberg.
Tahilramani is accused of impersonating Rupert Murdoch’s former spouse Wendi Deng
‘Generally his cell mates have been okay, typically they’ve been very disagreeable. This might be an added supply of stress.’
‘Do you envision any difficulties he might encounter in sharing a confined house?’
‘Given he has a average persona dysfunction he’s more likely to irritate or trigger difficulties for whoever he’s with – on stability it’s seemingly it might be sophisticated,’ the psychiatrist replied.
‘There are numerous dangers that might come up. The particular person he shared with might discover it troublesome to get on with him.
‘He might really feel the necessity to act out to make his level. That is onerous to foretell with out understanding the character of the particular person he can be positioned with.’
Mr Cooper then questioned Mr Greenberg concerning the relationship Tahilramani might need with jail workers.
‘Is that able to ameliorating the psychological influence?’
‘If he had supportive workers delicate to psychological well being that may be protecting. Change that round to somebody not focused on psychological well being, that may make it not supportive and can be an extra stress for him.’
Mr Cooper then requested Mr Greenberg about how Tahilramani may deal with solitary confinement.
Tahilramani is resisting extradition to the US as a result of he needs to be tried within the UK. A psychiatrist mentioned he might discover sharing a cell in an American jail ‘a supply of stress’
‘What can be his means to deal with that regime?’
‘That may be troublesome for him’
However Greenberg emphasised that if he had actions to maintain him occupied it may be simpler for him.
‘He likes textiles. If he had sufficient distracting supplies that would scale back the chance. However it might be troublesome, there isn’t any two methods about it.’
Tahilramani was charged by a grand jury within the Southern District of California with eight counts on 6 October 2020.
On depend one he’s charged with conspiracy to commit wire fraud, which carries the utmost of 20 years jail.
He faces two counts of wire fraud, carrying the identical most.
The 5 counts of aggravated id theft he’s dealing with, every carry a most of two years imprisonment.
Earlier within the trial, Psychiatrist Dr Stuart Grassian, an knowledgeable on the psychiatric results of solitary confinement, mentioned Tahilramani won’t be able to manage in an American jail.
Giving proof over a dwell hyperlink Dr Grassian mentioned: ‘Will he be capable to cope in the identical manner he has been in a position to cope in Wandsworth? My reply isn’t any.’
The extradition listening to continues.