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Tarporley based property developer Rob Lloyd has to sell his home in wake of £500,000 property con

A TARPORLEY based businessman who was conned out of more than £500,000 has had to put his luxury mansion up for sale.

A TARPORLEY based businessman who was conned out of more than £500,000 has had to put his luxury mansion up for sale.

Property developer Rob Lloyd, 47, who appeared on Channel 4’s Secret Millionaire, lost a chunk of his fortune when he was persuaded to invest in bogus property deals by a seemingly legitimate lawyer in the Bahamas seven years ago.

Mr Lloyd was on his honeymoon with wife Helen when he met Jan Ward, who after striking up an acqaintance, urged him to part with £500,000 to build a series of affordable homes, as well as a luxury holiday home on the island.

But before long, Ward disappeared with Mr Lloyd’s money, and to date, he is still out of pocket.

The significant loss of money has had a ‘knock on effect’ on Mr Lloyd’s finances, and although his Spurstow based property business, Eatonfield Holdings plc is still ‘battling along’, he been forced to downsize from his £1.15m North Wales farmhouse for something smaller.

He said: “It’s a very big property, and it comes with stables and 17 acres. My children are all grown and have moved out now so it’s time that we downsized.

“It’s not terribly bad, but the money loss has definitely affected things.”

It is not the first time Mr Lloyd has had to face property hardships he lost everything in the 1990’s recession and for a time was forced to live in a caravan in North Wales with his family.

He doesn’t have to worry about quite reaching such levels this time, but Mr Lloyd still won’t rest until he gets justice for his stolen fortune.

“I’m not giving up and will never back down until Ward gets a trial and I am confident this will happen sometime soon.

“I know he has just started trial for another case and there has been a great deal of interest in my story of late. I am feeling positive that soon I will get justice.”

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