It ap­pears your mo­tive for this was to fund an af­flu­ent life­style

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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

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