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Rogue lawyer creates song and dance over Bollywood ambitions

Rogue lawyer creates song and dance over Bollywood ambitions

There are many reasons why a lawyer might descend into a life of crime, fraud and debauchery, but becoming the next Ashutosh Gowariker isn't usually up there.Now, for those of you who don't know…

There are many reasons why a lawyer might descend into a life of crime, fraud and debauchery, but becoming the next Ashutosh Gowariker isn't usually up there.

Now, for those of you who don't know who Ashutosh Gowariker is, Folklaw can tell you that he's a rather famous and much-celebrated Indian film director currently churning out the hits in Bollywood.

So, who wouldn't want to be him?

Disgraced UK lawyer Dixit Shah certainly did, and to such an extent that he is now playing out his Bollywood fantasies behind metal bars - minus the luminous colour, hot-stepping and spunky Bollywood babes about which he had so often dreamed.

The former lawyer from UK firm Harrow was jailed recently after going on a fraudulent rampage which scored him over £20 million ($31.5 million), which he was planning to use to kick-start his career as a Bollywood film director.

Shah, who was struck off as a practitioner in 2002, spent more than a decade putting into play a lengthy list of scams which included running a major multi-national credit card fraud, scamming foreign students who paid him to line up jobs in the UK (only to arrive and find nothing had been arranged, and then having their identities stolen to apply for fraudulent mortgage applications), conning mortgage lenders out of £2.8 million, and working with criminal gangs in the UK and India to set up bogus companies.

Unfortunately for Shah, he wasn't able to ride off into the proverbial Indian sunset, due to the inconvenient fact that he was found out and arrested and is now doing five-and-a-half years of hard time in a South London jail.

Detective Superintendent Bob Wishart of City of London Police said of the case: "Unfortunately for [Shah] his criminal successes were not mirrored by his forays into the world of Bollywood, where his delusion led him to lose millions."

If only it was all highly choreographed and set to a catchy soundtrack, you could almost say that Shah's exploits were like something out of a Bollywood film ...

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