Have you been swindled by this character?
Tariq Siddiqi - "Mr Fixit"
UPDATE...29 November 2021
High Court, London. Tariq
Siddiqi - brother of property magnate Pervaiz Naviede - is
facing bankruptcy over a bitter family dispute involving the two brothers. Siddiqi told
the court that his brother Pervaiz (see The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust
below) had reneged on a deal to pay him £2 million in commission on a property
development in London. Siddiqi insisted he was entitled to a share of the profits because
he had developed the scheme jointly with his brother and was responsible for finding the
buyer, yet Pervaiz only paid him £500,000 from the deal.
Mr Siddiqi accused his own brother
of "robbing" him in an email
sent to his solicitor and warned: "please
convey the message to Pervaiz that I will pursue him for my share of Frognal/Perrins Walk
till the day I die."
In a later email to his brother Pervaiz, Siddiqi said: "we ought to thrash out a final figure"
and threatened ominously that if he wasn't paid what was due to him
"it is just going to cause the
most unbelievable problem..with some public and family acrimony. I would
prefer not to do that...bearing in mind the difficulties of Naviede."
One of the
'difficulties' which Mohammed Naviede faced (the eldest brother in the family) was that he
had been found guilty of defrauding banks of millions of pounds and had been sentenced to
nine years in prison at the Old Bailey (see below). It is not clear what warning Siddiqi
was trying to convey to his own brother in an attempt to squeeze money out of him or what
"unbelievable problem" Siddiqi might create by hanging out the family's dirty
linen in public.
See the Judgment
where Siddiqi was ordered to pay the costs of the case and a further judgment
on 24/2/20 where the judge said: "I am concerned that Mr Siddiqi was receiving £11,000 per month from
Pervaiz Naviede and received £500,000 on a property deal, yet there is no evidence before
me as to what has happened to those substantial sums."
BLUNKET ROW TYCOON IN RIFT
WITH OLD PAL
the colourful figure at the centre of a shares scandal that forced David Blunkett to
resign from the Cabinet, is locked in a bitter legal dispute over a purported medical
breakthrough he thought would make his fortune. It has also destroyed a family friendship,
after Mr Siddiqi, 59, and his wife Lucy issued a writ against the husband of her
closest and oldest friend Joanna
Green, who were inseparable since attending the same
prep school in London.
They went on holiday together and
always celebrated each others birthdays. Now, their 34-year friendship is at an end.
"They havent seen or spoken to each other since their
respective husbands had their huge falling out," says a mutual friend.
The bust-up is over who has the rights to a new, cheap medical test for sexually
transmitted diseases. Siddiqi, who in 2005 accused Blunkett of recklessness and of "thinking he was above the law" when he failed
to notify a Whitehall committee that he had joined the board of Siddiqi's DNA Bioscience
firm, says that after talking to a scientist within his company, he devised the idea of a
method of testing for 32 sexually transmitted diseases that would save people the
embarrassment of visiting a clinic.
He claims his idea was stolen from him by Joannas husband, fashion executive Simon Green, whom he is suing together with his colleagues, after
discussing the idea over a chicken curry at the Siddiqis' family home. The savoury dish
turned out to be the most expensive meal Mr Green would ever eat.
"I was well and truly shattered"
Siddiqi says. "Neither my
wife nor myself has spoken to them since we had dinner. He isnt the only
person involved. There are several others, including the scientist and an accountant. But
it is his involvement that hurts the most."
Green, meanwhile, has filed a defence to the writ,
insisting the concept was conceived and developed by him, not Siddiqi. "It will come to the High Court in March unless they settle
beforehand," adds Siddiqi. "We reckon
damages will be £10-£40 million."
Copyright The Daily Mail Link
Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi's company involved in the dispute was SGS
Laboratories. The company had £5 in its bank account when Siddiqi claimed that his
medical testing idea was worth "millions" and had been stolen from him by Mr
Green (via Stirus Global Solutions). It is not known what became of Siddiqi's testing
idea (or the £5), but both companies were later dissolved.
Scam No.1 - TARIQ SIDDIQI AND HIS PREGNANCY TESTING KIT FOR MICE AND OTHER
From Tariq Siddiqi <firstname.lastname@example.org
Date: 11 May
TopCat Research Ltd - Strictly Confidential
Here is the business Plan for TopCat Research Ltd
Founder of Topcat Research has raised £300,000 from the NorthWest Fund for Biomedical to
develop his rodent pregnancy testing device. TopCat
Research is a really interesting business opportunity to develop a
rodent pregnancy device. If the
business plan is of interest to you then we should talk as there is a huge opportunity
here. All the best, Tariq
On further investigation of this "huge opportunity", it
was evident that a certain Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels
(Siddiqi's side-kick and solicitor
friend) was a director of TopCat Research Ltd and both Tariq Siddiqi and her were
shareholders. The last set of accounts year ending 30 April 2013 were signed by Ms
Hacker-Waels and showed a loss of £5,755. See link.
The company was subsequently dissolved on 21 October 2014 and with
it the huge opportunity (to lose money) went down the proverbial plug hole. The name
"TopCat" was chosen because the little critters needed to be caught first in
order to test them.
No 2 - TARIQ SIDDIQI AND THE CASE OF THE MISSING £1.8M
Ms Sophie Hacker-Waels was
also the secretary of The Sherlock Holmes International Society Ltd and along with Tariq
Siddiqi was ironically engaged to advise that company on corporate governance issues. The
company was wound up on 11 March 2015 by angry creditors who were owed £1.8m, which
remains unaccounted for. In opposing the petition, Hacker-Waels was found by a high court
judge to have submitted misleading witness statements, forged minutes of board meetings
and a forged member's register. See the judgment at this link:http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWHC/Ch/2016/1076.html paragraphs 39 - 45.
Tariq Siddiqi, who acted as a shadow director of the company and "legal
advisor", caused the company's funders to incur £400,000 in legal fees as well as
obliging them to pay £390,000 towards the costs of the petitioning creditors.
Mr Siddiqi asserted that the creditors had interfered with the
company's computer, which was why the meta data relating to the documents which had been
exhibited "to assist the court" was not available. The court ordered
the computer to be seized for forensic examination. Ms Hacker-Waels then confessed that Mr
Siddiqi's story was a lie and admitted that the company's records had been
"reconstituted" (ie., forged) using
her own office laptop.
Tariq Siddiqi orchestrated the defence of the company and lied
to the court in saying that the company's computer had been hacked when no such event had
occurred; and well knew that he and Hacker-Waels had attempted to deceive the High Court
by submitting forged documents.
However, Siddiqi blamed the solicitors he instructed
dishonesty" in creating the
forged documents. Rupinder Bains, the Managing Director of Pinder Reaux solicitors, has
strongly denied Mr Siddiqi's allegations of dishonesty and has said that her firm is still
owed 150,000 in unpaid legal bills.
Editor's Note: Mr Siddiqi listed himself as a
creditor in the liquidation and claimed that the company, which had only 22p in its
bank account when it ceased trading, owed him £200,000. The Official Receiver was
asked by anxious creditors to confirm the basis of Mr Siddiqi's claim, and replied: "It does not appear that Mr Siddiqi has submitted any
documentation to substantiate his alleged debt."
Scam No. 3
TARIQ SIDDIQI TRIES TO
CHARGE £100,000 "LEGAL ADVICE" FEES FOR A ONE HOUR MEETING!
Monday, January 04, 2010 11:57 AM
Baker Street Business
I am about to have my meeting with the barrister today. I must say it felt like I was
extracting teeth to get this response from you especially after all the effort and time I
have put in to this for you. As you know I quoted £100,000 for getting this sorted
out for you (based on what you said it would be worth to you) and you then told me it
should be £50,000. At our last meeting you seemed to imply that you were happy
The issue of both the barrister's fees and mine now needs to be addressed irrespective
of whether you wish to pursue this. The advice has been sought, received and has given you
a positive position with the Council.
Please revert to me asap.
From London UK
Monday, January 04, 2010 5:09 PM
Re: Baker Street Business
Monday 4th January 2010
I don't know where these figures are coming from - maybe you had a
drink too many over the X mas holidays? I refer you to my previous email copied below
regarding fees, which is about as clear as it can be,as I did not want to be led along a
blind alley, nor for there to be any misunderstanding between us, prior to my meeting with
the barrister which was arranged at your behest.
Please read again my last email below on the point of payment and
kindly confirm that in fact I did not agree to pay any fees to the barrister. On the
contrary, I stipulated that I would need to agree any fees in writing from the
outset to provide evidence of any agreement on payment. I don't believe there can be
any ambiguity over my email which was sent to you on 27th October 2009. Please confirm
that you did receive my email copied below.
".... I just want to confirm that I will meet
your barrister today at Grosvenor House hotel purely to see if he can act for us in any
I don't think anything more needs to
be said on the matter except for the fact that the telephone numbers you have quoted
in respect to "legal fees" are really quite offensive to me personally. If I had
agreed to pay such fees as a result of your providing legal advice, I would have agreed
those fees in writing in advance and not in the form of the type of casual
conversation which you are suggesting we engaged in, or on the back of an envelope.
As I said I can only assume you have had a little too much to drink over the New Year
period as I cannot think of any other rational reason why you would have sent me such an
email today. Your email is a nice try, but I would seasonally suggest you pull the
other one, as it has bells on it.
I want you to make it clear to the barrister that I need to agree his fees in writing
from the outset before we can do anything, as this will avoid any possible
misunderstanding over our meeting today...."
If I can assist further
please let me know.
Blunkett could lose £15,000 as DNA company faces insolvency
David Blunkett invested £15,000 in Tariq
and Lucy Siddiqi and lost every penny.
David Blunkett's £15,000 stake in a DNA testing firm, which led to his
downfall from the Cabinet, appeared to be worth little last night after the company called
in insolvency practitioners. DNA Bioscience is majority-owned by Tariq and Lucy Siddiqi.
Lucy and Tariq Siddiqi
"A shady couple on the fringes
of cafe society"
DNA Bioscience provided paternity testing. Its inquiry line for
prospective and existing clients had a permanently engaged tone yesterday. Mr Siddiqi's
previous firm - Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services - also went
into liquidation, owing 92 creditors.
Copyright: The Daily Telegraph Link
Phone-hacking trial hears Blunkett voicemails to former girlfriend
of Tariq Siddiqi.
Home Secretary David Blunkett left voicemails on a female friend's phone, in which he
described the media as "hyenas".Sally Anderson had been introduced to him by her close friend
Tariq Siddiqi in Annabels nightclub, who had set up the meeting with his wife.
In the messages Blunkett was heard telling her that she "must rue the day" she had been introduced to him. "Someone very close has done a really
phenomenal piece of work on destroying both our lives at this moment in time and it's
vile. Whoever it is, I hope they rot in hell."
In a recording of a conversation with Sally Anderson, a male with a
squeaky voice was heard in the background saying: "Just tell him you love him - and that's £25,000, thank
In another recording played to the jury on Monday, Blunkett told
Anderson: "I don't know who
has done this, but they are real bastards, they've done it for money and they've done it
for themselves. The world stinks.... I do think that someone has done a pretty good
stitch-up job, chapter and verse, times, places, everything. That's pretty sophisticated
to say the least."
Blunkett said that he could not understand how photographers could have
got "chapter and verse" of their whereabouts, adding that he believed that a
friend had stitched them up.
It is understood that Mr Blunkett was unaware of Mr Siddiqi's past,
although Scotland Yard was aware of serious allegations made against him which centred on
his defunct car-hire business.
Copyright: The Guardian Link The Evening Standard Link
Blunketts aide Tariq Siddiqi
accused of cheating former associates.
Tariq Siddiqi took 92 creditors for a ride.
LONDON: The entrepreneur who arranged the meeting that led to David Blunketts affair
with a 29-year-old estate agent was accused of cheating his former associates in a failed
Siddiqi was confronted by angry creditors
when his Mayfair-based company Berkeley Square Chauffeur Services collapsed
and one creditor took a dossier of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yards Fraud
Car firm proprietor Terry Martin accused Siddiqi over a lucrative contract to provide
chauffeur service to a wealthy client. Police decided against a criminal investigation but
Martin told the Standard: I
was duped - and he still owes me money.
Siddiqi's now-defunct car business was based near Annabels nightclub and provided
highly experienced chauffeurs in Rolls Royce, Daimler and Mercedes cars. His clientele
included celebrities and business figures and Siddiqi employed small chauffeur companies
as sub-contractors. These firms claim that Siddiqi pocketed money that was theirs.
conman, said Terry Martin of the
TM Chauffeur Group. He gave
me a dud cheque for nearly £5,000, but we later discovered that his bank account had been
closed for months when he wrote it.
Martin was one of several independent drivers and car providers who said they had been
swindled by Siddiqi into doing work for which they were never paid. One, who asked not to
be identified, said: I
dont think he ever intended to pay me.
Tariq Siddiqi wrote out this rubber cheque
6 months after he had closed his bank account.
At one point, Martin and other chauffeur firm proprietors who claimed
Siddiqi owed them money besieged his Holland Park house. Martin said: His wife Lucy came to the bedroom window
and said we would get our money. But we never got a penny.
Otherwise known as "Lucy Camilla"
Martin, who was owed just under £10,000,
joined a 92-name list of
creditors. One, Prestige Carriages of north
London, was owed £88,393. A spokesman for the firm said: We had a relationship with him for a while, but in the
end we didnt get paid. The company's
debts amounted to £585,564 and was wound up by HMRC, who were owed £83,000.
Mr Martin (who is disabled) believed he had been defrauded and took a dossier containing
details of his dealings with Siddiqi to Scotland Yard. He had a discussion with the fraud
squad and detectives took up his complaint with the liquidator of Siddiqis company.
After enquiries, the police decided not to proceed with a criminal investigation.
Mr Martin said "we were all
told to arrive at the creditors' meeting for 10am, but when we got there we learnt that
the liquidator and Siddiqi had held the creditors' meeting at 9.30am and so no one could
raise any questions. I cant believe David Blunkett would have got involved with a
man like Siddiqi. Surely his advisers could have steered him clear of someone like that?
He's cheated me out of £10,000 and the stress of it all is just too much to bear for both
myself and my wife.
Bentley Turbo was later repossessed by the leasing company for the non-payment of monthly
instalments and was bankrupted by his creditors. Link
Copyright: London Evening
Mr Siddiqi originally set up "Berkely Limousines Ltd", then "Berkeley
Square Chauffeur Services Limited" before setting up a third company offering 'taxi
services' in 2014 - which surprisingly was again called "Berkeley Square Chauffeur
Services." All three companies ended up on the scrap heap by going into
Arrows head gets nine years for fraud
The older brother of
socialite Tariq Siddiqi was yesterday sentenced to nine years in prison after being convicted
of seven charges of fraudulent trading, obtaining property and services by deception and
making false statements to obtain bank facilities. Mohammed
Naviede was the former head of the collapsed trade finance company Arrows.
Mr Siddiqi had no comment to make following the verdict.
Tariq Siddiqi arriving at the Old Bailey.
After a six-month trial at the Old Bailey, the jury
yesterday decided unanimously that Mr Naviede was guilty of seven of the eight charges put
before them. Judge Richard Hawkins QC, who described Mr Naviede as a highly intelligent
man who had been "very crafty" in the way he had
carried out his offences.
The sentence is one of the longest ever awarded after a prosecution brought by the Serious
Fraud Office, which began its investigations into the affair in July 1990, in conjunction
with the City of London Police. When Arrows collapsed in July 1991, more than £100 million was left owing to
more than 20 banks and other creditors.
Richard Latham QC, prosecuting for the
Serious Fraud Office, said:
"He was mixing with the rich and famous, convincing them that he was not just one of
them but among the most successful . . . he was a man who lived an opulent lifestyle -
grand house, private jet . . . as it turned out financed with other people's money."
Copyright: The Independent
Note: The case against Tariq Siddiqi's
brother Mohammed Naviede for fraud is here
The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust
The younger brother of socialite
Tariq Siddiqi, Manchester based Pervaiz Naviede, established a family trust in Guernsey
called The Pervaiz Naviede Family Trust
which trade titles have suggested is worth £100 million.
The source of the family's money is believed to have come from selling curries in
Manchester and various property deals involving the resale of former council blocks.
It was suggested recently at a party
that £100 million seemed to represent "a
lot of curries", but he wryly observed:"not for Manchester."
Among the entrepreneur's non-property
investments was a majority stake in genetic testing company DNA BioScience, run by his
brother Tariq and wife Lucy Siddiqi, before it went into liquidation.
Pervaiz Naviede is
the brother of Tariq Siddiqi and Mohammed Naviede. In 2010 Mohammad Naviede was sued for the return of a deposit given by a
buyer who had agreed to purchase his flat at Chester Court in Regents Park, London. Mr
Naviede lost the case and had to return the deposit. [Case]
Evening News, Property Week and Google Inc.
Mohammed Naviede - brother of Tariq Siddiqi
Bank fraudster sentenced to nine years in prison