Meat Scam 'Made Millions' ITN's Fiona Made Video for Ostrich Enterprise
Hiscott, Graham, The Birmingham Post (England)
Former ITN newsreader Fiona Armstrong appeared in a promotional video for an ostrich-breeding business which conned investors out of millions of pounds, a court heard yesterday.
She was so impressed she used thousands of pounds of her own money buying two birds.
Miss Armstrong, who has also worked for GMTV, is due to give evidence later in the trial of four men accused of running a complex scam which defrauded more then 2,000 people.
On the second day of the trial at Leicester Crown Court the jury were told that she was among the lucky few who saw a return on their investment.
Julian Baughan QC, prosecuting, said Miss Armstrong agreed to front a video made in 1995 which boasted of owning an ostrich, describing them as 'the cash crop of the '90s'.
Mr Baughan said: 'You will hear from Miss Armstrong. She will tell you that she was sufficiently persuaded by the scheme that she bought a bird for pounds 10,000.
'That produced 15 chicks in a year and she acquired a second bird.'
The company at the centre of the allegations, the Ostrich Farming Corporation, was set up above a video shop in New Ollerton, Nottinghamshire, in 1994.
The original directors, secondhand car dealer Allan Walker, and shop owner Brian Ketchell, were later joined by brothers Kevin and Russell Jones. …