Style designer accused of Michael Jackson perfume fraud

A fashion designer who allegedly claimed to personal a £44 million bottle of perfume designed by Michael Jackson has appeared in courtroom charged with a string of fraud offences.

Hrh Arfaq, 50, claimed to have the intellectual legal rights for a exclusive “Michael Jackson fragrance” and experienced marketed a bottle to fellow designer Deborah Martinelli Bonavia for £370,000, Westminster Magistrates’ Court read.

Prosecutors say Arfaq also claimed he experienced a unique agreement to promote 200 Ghost brand name bags to the Brunei royal household in a deal value £48 million.

He is billed with two counts of fraud by wrong representation, a single depend of possession of prison property and just one rely of theft of a motor vehicle.

The court docket read that among August 2019 and July 2020, Arfaq had pushed a Ferrari Spider – well worth £229,000 – recognizing or suspecting it was the proceeds of prison carry out.

He is also alleged to have advised Russian socialite Natalia Rotenberg that he experienced finalised an settlement with a corporation to develop a pen with her personalized branding, and afterwards stole her Bentley convertible.

Arfaq, of Batley in West Yorkshire, denies all rates.

He attended court in particular person on Thursday together with his attorney Graham Atkins, 54, who is charged with two counts of building content for use in fraud.

Atkins, of Fleet Avenue, London, also denies the expenses.

Arfaq was dressed in a black hoodie and a white T-shirt and spoke only to affirm his details and enter his plea of not responsible.

Atkins was dressed in a accommodate and striped tie and also only spoke to verify his specifics and enter his plea of not responsible.

Equally gentlemen were being granted bail and will future look at Inner London Crown Court docket on September 9.