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AustraliaSerial fraudster jailed after swindling $7.6m from victims

07:50  20 june  2019
07:50  20 june  2019 Source:   9news.com.au

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The applause of dozens of victims echoed throughout the courtroom as McLaren, 49, was lead away.

He acted as if he didn’t hear them and did not look in their direction.

McLaren stole $7.6 million from them more than a dozen victims over the course of six years.

After charming his way into their lives, he convinced them he could deliver them a staggering return if they invested money with them.

The court heard was a pyramid type scheme in which he "robbed Peter to pay Paul" that ensured his investors didn't ask too many questions.

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Victims of the conman, who was the subject of the Who the Hell is Hamish? podcast, applauded after the sentence was handed down. Conman Hamish McLaren jailed for up to 16 years after swindling $ 7 . 6 m from victims .

In sentencing Acting Judge Colin Charteris said it was the worst of crimes in financial terms, with one couple left with 'no income, no savings and no super to live on.'

"This offender preyed on the victims; he had the ability to persuade with them to part with their money,” he said.

"He had no empathy for them. He was driven by the main game, which was to obtain their money to spend as he wished.”

Some $5.4 million has never been accounted for and McLaren has declined to say where it went, the judge said.

Serial fraudster jailed after swindling $7.6m from victims© AAP Tracy Hall, former girlfriend of Hamish McLaren, was just one of his fraud victims.

McLaren's ‘house of cards’ came down when he was arrested in 2017.

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Victim Jim Haran said he withdrew 00 out of the bank for a holiday. "Next thing there's a tap on the window - and guy's telling me wife said we had a flat Some syndicate members were caught trying to flee the country - after a tip-off from Canadian police. Today they were slapped with jail sentences

The Judge said it was interesting he chose not to speak to police.

"The man who has spent six years spinning yarns to people, having the gift of the gab, did not want to talk."

About $5.4m remains unaccounted for and Judge Charteris noted he had also chosen not to reveal where that had ended up.

McLaren apologised at his sentence hearing, writing the title of conman was deserved.

But that was dismissed by Judge Charteris.

"I do not believe he has any remorse; I believe he is consumed by himself,” he said.

"He is sorry about his own predicament, that's what he regrets."

McLaren did not look up even as he was described as 'merciless', his lips pursed as he fixated on his notepad and pen.

He will be eligible for parole in 2029.

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