Byline: Russell Findlay
Fraud probe lawyer Giovanni Di Stefano has been accused of ripping off a reality TV star while on bail facing 13 charges.
Tricia Walsh-Smith, 55, claims the self-styled legal expert - nicknamed the Devil's Advocate after representing some of the world's most notorious criminals - duped her into handing over more than pounds 100,000.
The Pineapple Dance Studios star last week posted a video on YouTube in which she angrily confronts Di Stefano, an ex-director of Dundee Football Club, in the street.
She said: "He got me to invest in an online version of the News of the World after the paper was shut down. He told me Rupert Murdoch was involved but the cash disappeared.
"He is due to stand trial next January for alleged frauds between 2003 and 2009 yet remains free on bail to potentially commit more crimes.
"I can't pay the bills and could be made bankrupt."
Di Stefano, 56, was invited to speak to a TV crew from a fake production firm set up by Tricia.
She wore a dark wig to creep up behind him as he talked about client Charles Bronson, a dangerous jailed criminal, outside London's Royal Court of Justice.
Tricia then confronted the startled businessman and rejected his attempt to shake her hand. …