High Stakes Poker Playing Conman Charged with Bank Defraudment

Achilleas KallakisOn March 1, 2010, Achilleas Kallakis and accomplice Alexander Williams, both 41, were each charged in a London court with defrauding Allied Irish Bank (AIB) of £56m between 2003 and 2007, as well as Bank of Scotland for £5m in 2008.

Once ranked the 11th wealthiest Greek in the world and presently ranked 3rd on the Hendon Mob’s All Time Money List for Greece with $345,090 in live poker earnings – Kallakis had become a leading property investor in London real estate. However, the bank loans he and Alexander Williams obtained from AIB to fund their investments are alleged to have been fraudulent. AIB accuses Kallakis of embellishing the details of tenant leases in order to procure greater loans. Additionally, the pair are incriminated with fleecing the Bank of Scotland with a 2008 loan.

Investigations into the allegation made by AIB resulted in raids on three of the properties in question. Each of the two men have been charged with 2 counts of conspiracy to defraud, 2 counts of money laundering, 5 counts of fraud by false representation, 13 counts of forgery, and 1 count of obtaining a money transfer by deception. Both men have posted bail, and will return to court May 4.

But this is not the first time Achilleas Kallakis and Alexander Williams have been charged with fraud. In fact, those aren’t even their real names. Kallakis and Williams where previously known by the names Stephanos Kollakis and Martin Lewis, respectively. Kollakis and Lewis plead guilty to charges of defrauding wealthy Americans by selling them fake British titles. Noted victims of the British title scheme include Congressman Charles W. Boustany of Louisiana’s 7th District, and his wife, Bridget.

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Natalie learned to play 5 Card Draw and Blackjack before she could shuffle the cards. She and her sister would tag along with their parents to the Saturday night poker game at her grandparents' house, and finally was allowed to sit in on the games at the age of 12.

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