It appears your motive for this was to fund an affluent lifestyle
in the paperwork supplied to him by the Crown.
He said: “The figures are unreadable,” and added it was difficult to work on them in his cell.
McLaren was convicted of preying on vulnerable people. He arranged for the title deeds of their homes to be transferred to his associates without the victims’ knowledge.
The estimated cost of 20-month trial was £7.5m.
During the trial jurors heard of the couple’s lavish lifestyle, which included luxury holidays in Dubai and splurging £100,000 on a ring for her and private schools for their children.
McLaren was described by trial judge Lord Stewart as showing “frankly breathtaking dishonesty”.
Bentley-driving father-of-two McLaren, 52, left victims out-ofpocket and in some cases homeless.
Sentencing the father-of-two, Lord Stewart told him: “It appears your motive for this was to fund an affluent lifestyle for yourself, your wife and your children.” the