Have you been swindled by this character?
Blunket row tycoon in rift with old pal.
Tariq Siddiqi <email@example.com>
Tariq Siddiqi <firstname.lastname@example.org>
11 May 2012 17:01
TopCat Research Ltd - Strictly Confidential
Here is the business Plan for TopCat Research Ltd
The Founder of Topcat Research has raised £300,000 from the NorthWest Fund for Biomedical to develop his rodent pregnancy testing device.TopCat Research is a really interesting business opportunity to develop a rodent pregnancy device. If the business plan is of interest to you then we should talk as there is a huge opportunity here. All the best, Tariq
investigation of this "huge opportunity", it was found that a Ms Sophie
Hacker-Waels (Siddiqi's side-kick and solicitor friend) was a director of TopCat Research
Ltd and both Tariq Siddiqi and her were shareholders. The last set of accounts year ending
30 April 2013 were signed by Ms Hacker-Waels and showed a loss of £5,755. See link.
The company was subsequently dissolved on 21 October 2014.
(Siddiqi's side-kick and solicitor friend) was a director of TopCat Research Ltd and both Tariq Siddiqi and her were shareholders. The last set of accounts year ending 30 April 2013 were signed by Ms Hacker-Waels and showed a loss of £5,755. See link. The company was subsequently dissolved on 21 October 2014.
TARIQ SIDDIQI AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING £1.8M
Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels was also the secretary of The Sherlock Holmes International Society Ltd and along with Tariq Siddiqi was responsible for "advising" that company on legal and corporate governance issues. The company was wound up on 11 March 2015 by creditors who were owed £1.8m, which remains unaccounted for. In opposing the petition to wind up the company, Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels was found by a high court judge to have submitted misleading witness statements and forged minutes of board meetings and a member's register. See the judgment at this link: http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/1076.html paragraphs 39 - 45. Tariq Siddiqi, who served as a de facto director of the company and para legal advisor, caused backers of the defence to lose c £400,000 of legal fees as well obliging them to pay the substantial costs of the petitioning creditors. Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels has been reported to the Solicitor's Regulatory Authority by the company's creditors with a view to getting her struck off as a solicitor for submitting forged documents to the High Court.
Mr Siddiqi asserted from the back of the courtroom at one hearing on behalf of the company that the company's computer had been taken away from the company's office by a third party who had interfered with its contents and thus the meta data relating to the files which Ms Hacker-Waels had exhibited in evidence was not available. The court ordered the computer to be seized for potential examination. Ms Hacker- Waels was then obliged to admit that Mr Siddiqi's story was a lie, when they realised that certain original documents had already been exhibited a year previously by the creditors. She admitted that she had forged the minutes and records of the company using her own office laptop, but that she had then erased the files because she thought she was going to leave her employment and would need to return her laptop to her employer etc.
Tariq Siddiqi orchestrated the defence of the company to oppose the petition to wind it up; lied to the court in saying that the company's computer had been removed from the company's premises when no such event had occurred; and well knew that Ms Hacker-Waels and himself had deliberately attempted to deceive the High Court by submitting forged documents - as the judge found.
TARIQ SIDDIQI TRIES TO CHARGE £100,000 "LEGAL ADVICE" FEES FOR A ONE HOUR MEETING!
Sent: Monday, January 04, 2010 11:57 AM
Subject: Baker Street Business
I am about to have my meeting with the barrister today. I must say it felt like I was extracting teeth to get this response from you especially after all the effort and time I have put in to this for you.
As you know I quoted £100,000 for getting this sorted out for you (based on what you said it would be worth to you) and you then told me it should be £50,000. At our last meeting you seemed to imply that you were happy with this.
I don't know where these figures are coming from - maybe you had a drink too many over the X mas holidays? I refer you to my previous email copied below regarding fees, which is about as clear as it can be, as I did not want to be led along a blind alley, nor for there to be any misunderstanding between us, prior to my meeting with the barrister which was arranged at your behest.
read again my last email below on the point of payment and kindly confirm that
in fact I did not agree to pay any fees to the barrister. On the contrary,
I stipulated that I would need to agree any fees in writing from the outset to
provide evidence of any agreement on payment. I
don't believe there can be any ambiguity over my email which was sent to you on 27th
I don't believe there can be any ambiguity over my email which was sent to you on 27th October 2009.
Please confirm that you did receive my email copied below.
Previous email as to fees ==
== Previous email as to fees ==
27th October 2009
Tuesday 27th October 2009
just want to confirm that I will meet your barrister today at Grosvenor House hotel purely
to see if he can act for us in any way. I want you to make it clear to the barrister that
I need to agree his fees in writing from the outset before we can do anything, as this
will avoid any possible misunderstanding over our meeting today.
I want you to make it clear to the barrister that I need to agree his fees in writing from the outset before we can do anything, as this will avoid any possible misunderstanding over our meeting today.
== end of previous email as to fees==
I don't think anything more needs to be said on the matter except for the fact that the "telephone numbers" you have quoted in respect to "legal fees" are really quite offensive to me personally. If I had agreed to pay such fees as a result of your providing legal advice, I would have agreed those fees in writing in advance and not in the form of the type of casual conversation which you are suggesting we engaged in, or on the back of an envelope.
I said I can only assume you have had a little too much to drink over the New Year period
as I cannot think of any other rational reason why you would have sent me such
an email today. Your email is a nice try, but I would seasonally suggest
you "pull the other one, as it has bells on it."
If I can assist further please let me know.
Note: Tariq Siddiqi was eventually offered (and he accepted) £2,500 in settlement of his demand to be owed £100,000 (allegdly reduced to £50,000 by oral agreement). A 15 page report dated 23 January 2014 was submitted to the police by Tuckers Solicitors regarding Tariq Siddiqi's activities, alleging fraud, theft of a company's funds; and persistent harassment.
David Blunkett invested £15,000 in Tariq
and Lucy Siddiqi and lost every penny!
David Blunkett's £15,000 stake in a DNA testing firm, which led to his downfall from the Cabinet, appeared to be worth little last night after the company called in insolvency practitioners. DNA Bioscience is majority-owned by Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.
Lucy and Tariq Siddiqi
DNA Bioscience provided paternity testing.
Its inquiry line for prospective and existing clients had a permanently engaged tone
yesterday. Mr Siddiqi's previous firm - Berkeley Square Chauffeur
Services - also went into liquidation, owing 92 creditors.
Copyright: The Daily Telegraph
The former Home Secretary David Blunkett left voicemails on a female friend's phone, in which he described the media as "hyenas". Sally Anderson had been introduced to him by her close friend the socialite Tariq Siddiqi. In the messages Blunkett was heard telling her that she "must rue the day" she had been introduced to him.
"Someone very close has done a really phenomenal piece of work on destroying both our lives at this moment in time and it's vile. Whoever it is, I hope they rot in hell".
In a recording of a conversation with Sally Anderson, a male with a squeaky voice was heard in the background saying: "Just tell him you love him - and that's £25,000, thank you."
In another message played to the jury on Monday, Blunkett told Anderson: "I don't know who has done this, but they are real bastards, they've done it for money and they've done it for themselves. The world stinks.... I do think that someone has done a pretty good stitch-up job, chapter and verse, times, places, everything. That's pretty sophisticated to say the least."
Copyright: The Guardian
Tariq Siddiqi took 92 creditors for a ride.
LONDON: The entrepreneur who arranged the meeting that led to David Blunketts affair with a 29-year-old estate agent was accused of cheating his former associates in a failed business venture.
Tariq Siddiqi was confronted by angry creditors when his Mayfair-based Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services collapsed and one creditor took a dossier of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yards Fraud Squad.
Car firm proprietor Terry Martin accused Siddiqi over a lucrative contract to provide chauffeur service to a wealthy client. Police decided against a criminal investigation but Martin told the Standard: I was duped - and he still owes me money.
Siddiqi's now-defunct car business was based near Annabels nightclub and provided highly experienced chauffeurs in Rolls Royce, Daimler and Mercedes cars. His clientele included celebrities and business figures and Siddiqi employed small chauffeur companies as sub-contractors. These firms claim that Siddiqi pocketed money that was theirs.
"Hes a conman, said Terry Martin of the TM Chauffeur Group. He gave me a dud cheque for nearly £5,000, but we later discovered that his bank account had been closed for months when he wrote it. Martin was one of several independent drivers and car providers who said they had been swindled by Siddiqi into doing work for which they were never paid. One, who asked not to be identified, said: I dont think he ever intended to pay me.
Tariq Siddiqi wrote
out this rubber cheque
6 months after he had closed his bank account.
At one point, Martin and other chauffeur firm proprietors who claimed Siddiqi owed them money besieged his Holland Park house. Martin said: His wife Lucy came to the bedroom window and said we would get our money. But we never got a penny.
Martin, who was owed just under £10,000, joined a 92-name list of creditors. One, Prestige Carriages of north London, was owed £88,393. A spokesman for the firm said: We had a relationship with him for a while, but in the end we didnt get paid.
Mr Martin (who is disabled) believed he had been defrauded and took a dossier containing details of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard. He had a discussion with the fraud squad and detectives took up his complaint with the liquidator of Siddiqis company. After enquiries, the police decided not to proceed with a criminal investigation.
Mr Martin said "we were all told to arrive at the creditors' meeting for 10am, but when we got there we learnt that the liquidator and Siddiqi had held the creditors' meeting at 9.30am and so no one could raise any questions. I cant believe David Blunkett would have got involved with a man like Siddiqi. Surely his advisers could have steered him clear of someone like that? He's cheated me out of £10,000 and the stress of it all is just too much to bear for both myself and my wife.
Copyright: London Evening Standard
The older brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi was yesterday sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted of seven charges of fraudulent trading, obtaining property and services by deception and making false statements to obtain bank facilities. Muhammad Naviede was the former head of the collapsed trade finance company Arrows. Mr Siddiqi had no comment to make following the verdict.
Tariq Siddiqi arriving at the Old Bailey.
After a six-month trial at the Old Bailey, the jury yesterday decided unanimously that Mr Naviede was guilty of seven of the eight charges put before them. Judge Richard Hawkins QC, who described Mr Naviede as a highly intelligent man who had been "very crafty" in the way he had carried out his offences.
The sentence is one of the longest ever awarded after a prosecution brought by the Serious Fraud Office, which began its investigations into the affair in July 1990, in conjunction with the City of London Police. When Arrows collapsed in July 1991, more than £100 million was left owing to more than 20 banks and other creditors.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting for the
Serious Fraud Office, said:
"He was mixing with the rich and famous, convincing them that he was not just one of them but among the most successful . . . he was a man who lived an opulent lifestyle - grand house, private jet . . . as it turned out financed with other people's money."
Copyright: The Independent
Note: The case against Tariq Siddiqi's brother Muhammad Naviede for fraud is here
Pervaiz Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi
The younger brother of socialite Tariq Siddiqi, Manchester-based Pervaiz Naviede, established a family trust in Guernsey called The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust which trade titles have suggested is worth £100 million. The source of the family's money is believed to have come from selling curries in Manchester and various property deals involving the resale of former council blocks.
It was suggested recently at a party that £100 million seemed to represent "a lot of curries", but he wryly observed:"not for Manchester."
Among the entrepreneur's non-property investments was a majority stake in genetic testing company DNA BioScience, run by his brother Tariq Siddiqi and his wife Lucy Siddiqi, before it went into liquidation owing another list of creditors.
Pervaiz Naviede is the brother of Tariq Siddiqi and Mohammad Naviede (who was convicted of stealing £100 million from banks in1995).
In 2010 Mohammad Naviede was sued for the return of a deposit placed by a buyer who had agreed to purchase his flat at Chester Court in Regents Park, London. [Case] Mr Naviede lost the case and had to give back the deposit.
Copyright: Manchester Evening News, Property Week and Google Inc.
Mohammad Naviede - brother of
Bank fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison
Pervaiz Naviede - brother of
A Government race adviser with close links to Cherie Blair is at the centre of a major investigation into an alleged illegal immigrant racket.
Nighat Awan - sister of Tariq Siddiqi
The sister of socialite Tariq Siddiqi has had her home raided by the Police and Immigration Service. Officers stormed the £3.5million home of Nighat Awan as part of a nationwide investigation into illegal immigration. A total of 70 men were arrested in the raids who were all employed in Mrs Awan's restuarants.
Mrs Awan, 51, spoke to police while they carried out a search of her home.
Officers wearing yellow high-visibility jackets and protective headgear arrived in nine vehicles at the Awans' sprawling mansion on Friday evening. At the same time, restaurants and premises linked to Mrs Awan - dubbed the "Curry Queen' - were also raided in Liverpool, Manchester, Cheshire, Sheffield and Kent. Officials from the Department of Work and Pensions were also involved.
A neighbour said: "It happened at around 5pm. Suddenly the police arrived in six cars with three vans. Soon Mrs Awan's home was filled with police and plain-clothes officials. You could see them through the upstairs windows and in the hallway. Very soon after that family members started arriving in expensive cars, one a Bentley. One was very agitated, waving his arms in the air. These are very wealthy people and this is a very quiet road - nothing like this ever happens here."
Shere Khan was set up by Mrs Awan's husband in Manchester's famous curry mile on Wilmslow Road, Rusholme, in 1987. They now operate ten restaurants. One diner at their branch at Manchester's Trafford Centre, where 13 men were arrested, said: "Police arrived in dozens around 5pm and shut the place down despite people eating in there. They were wearing gloves and searching the whole place.
Detective Superintendent Steve Moore, of Merseyside police, said the raids followed "a lengthy investigation into abuse of the immigration system", including allegations of facilitating illegal immigration.
The Awans live in a Cheshire mansion based on the White House, including a palatial lounge modelled on the US President's Oval office. Its lobby is dominated by two staircases leading off to its five bedrooms, and the property also has an all-marble bathroom with plasma TV sets above the bath. In 2004, Mrs Blair was a guest of honour at a lavish garden party thrown by the curry entrepreneur and her brothers Tariq Siddiqi and Pervaiz Naviede.
Mrs Awan was born in Manchester after her parents moved there from Pakistan. Her father, Mohammed Siddiqi, made a fortune in the rag trade but went bust, leaving a trail of creditors who were so angry that several members of the family changed their surname from Siddiqi to Naviede to avoid repercussions.
Shere Khan has recently been hit by by a series of health and safety prosecutions. In December the Rusholme restaurant was fined £40,000 after a diner found a live cockroach nestling in the poppadoms. The court heard that live insects were found on sacks of rice and crawling across the floor, while the floor was covered in a "soup of grease, dirt and food debris", equipment was dirty, a plate rack was rusted and chopping boards were covered with old food and blood.
Tariq Siddiqi said he had not heard of the raids until contacted by this newspaper. "Thanks for the shock. I have no comment to make," he said.
Copyright The Daily Mail