Accountant accused of spending thousands on TOWIE star’s escort girl ex
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A million-pound fraud trial has heard how a recent married dad of two blew £68,000 of company money on a £1,000-an-hour escort.
Mohammed Asif Khan, 42, admitted giving the money to adult movie star Gemma Massey, former girlfriend of TOWIE star Kirk Norcross, but he claimed the expenses were just a “perk of the job.”
Mr Khan – who is being sued by his former employers, North of England Coachworks Ltd – admits he spent company money on four "prostitutes", including Miss Massey, who has been billed as Britain's "best paid porn star."
But Khan denies fraud, insisting that much of the money he laid out was a "perk of the job" and the rest was a part repayment of loans totalling over £800,000 that he says he made to the business.
His admission came to light during a hearing at the High Court, in which he admitted putting forward misleading statements as part of the ongoing case, but was spared jail by a judge.
The London court heard Mr Khan, of Newcastle, worked as company accountant for North of England Coachworks between 2010 and 2019
In court documents for the fraud case, Mr Khan, who drives a £76,000 Bentley and sports a £16,000 Rolex watch, claimed payments to Miss Massey and the three other women were for legitimate company expenses and not his own benefit.
'My girl makes good money as an escort, but I wish she had a conventional job'
But he eventually confessed that was untrue, saying he had tried to cover up the spending on prostitutes in order to protect his wife and young family from shame and embarrassment.
"The four women are admitted to be prostitutes, to whom payments are to be regarded as for Mr Khan's own benefit," said High Court judge, Mr Justice Griffiths.
The judge said Miss Massey – a former dental nurse and beautician – was "self-described as a high class escort" on a web page put forward as part of the case.
On the page, the model and actress – who split from Norcross in 2012 – prices of £600 for 30 minutes or £1,000 for an hour are advertised, he added.
Mr Khan admitted his claim that the payments were for company expenses was misleading, but was spared jail for contempt of court when the judge handed him a 10-week suspended sentence.
"His motive for the false entries was to deflect attention from the fact that the payments were made to prostitutes," Mr Justice Griffiths told the court.
"He has expressed sincere remorse, which I accept. His wife's statement says he is devastated. It has crushed him mentally and the guilt lives with him every day."
The judge said Louise Khan had been "shocked by the revelations" about her husband, but was willing to "accept his mistakes and help him learn" from them.
The case had already taken a great toll on her husband, who suffers from depression and has been so badly affected financially that his family have resorted to food banks, he added.
Mr Khan continues to deny that using the money to pay the women was fraudulent, claiming instead that it was part of a method of company management which was "unorthodox in the extreme."
His former employer's fraud claim against him, which he steadfastly denies, will return to court at a later date.
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