Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Was Conned by My Greedy, Manipulative Liar of a Wife

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

I Was Conned by My Greedy, Manipulative Liar of a Wife

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Byline: REBECCA MOWLING

THE husband of the Goldman Sachs secretary convicted of stealing [pounds sterling]4.3million from her employers today spoke for the first time about life with a " greedy manipulative liar".

Anthony De-Laurey, 51, claimed he believed his wife Joyti when she told him she was earning [pounds sterling]120,000 a year plus bonuses as a highflying PA at the investment bank.

Three-times married Mr De-Laurey said he now feels deeply let down by his 35-year-old wife. He said she was able to fool her family for so long because she was such a convincing liar.

"Joyti is very clever. She is a member of Mensa and has a great memory, which makes it easy for her to lie," he said. "She is manipulative and can charm the birds out of the trees.

"But she's very spoilt. Her parents gave her everything. Her father offered her a Mercedes if she went to university. She treated our son Max the same way, spoiling him. But the reason I think she took the money is just greed."

Mr De-Laurey, a former policeman, said he believed his wife's claims she had negotiated huge discounts on a holiday in Beverly Hills and a motorboat: "I had no idea Joyti was stealing. I don't think I'll ever know the truth about what happened. My wife has always been very ambitious. She previously worked in the motor trade and had made it as a woman in a man's world."

Mrs De-Laurey faces up to 10 years in prison when she is sentenced today at Southwark Crown Court. In April she was found guilty of 20 charges of obtaining money transfers by deception. She had forged her bosses' signatures in order to move money from their personal accounts to her own.

Mr De-Laurey and his mother-inlaw, Camden GP Dr Devi Schahhou, 68, both denied helping to launder some of the stolen money, but were convicted on four counts.

They will also be sentenced today.

At their home in Cheam, Mr De-Laurey said: "The police found Cartier jewellery and watches in her cupboard. I never knew they were there. When we went on a three-week holiday at the Peninsula Hotel in Beverly Hills, she said she had negotiated a discount because Goldman Sachs used it and we were paying the same rate as a three-star hotel. …

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