A TOWIE star shared snaps from his luxury Maldives holiday as he was spared jail for his role in a £450,000 diamond investment scam.
Personal trainer Mike Hassini, 24, who last appeared on the ITV show in September, admitted his part in the fraud that ran from late 2014 to February 2016.
Hassini, from Pilgrims Hatch, in Essex, got a 15-month jail sentence, suspended for 18 months after he admitted money laundering at Basildon Crown Court.
As a judge ordered him to do 200 hours unpaid work, Hassini posted pictures of his luxurious holiday at a swanky hotel in the Maldives.
Hassini is currently living it up at the five-star Hotel Kandima with his glamorous girlfriend who is a make-up artist.
He told his 311,000 followers: “The cold weather is not a bit of me. This place is special and will forever have a place in our hearts.”
His Instagram account shows he has also enjoyed trips to St Lucia, Antigua, Ibiza, Mallorca and Venice this year.
The 24-year-old last appeared on Towie in September, having previously been suspended for drug possession and drink driving.
The court last week heard he was one of 12 people convicted in scams involving 28 victims and investments of between £400,000 and £450,000.
They scammed people by cold calling them and claiming to make profits in the sale of coloured diamonds.
They also used the name of an established firm in the US and pinched their logo.
But the two companies were bogus and the cash was instead used to fund the criminals’ lavish lifestyles.
Detective Chief Inspector Lee Morton, of Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: “The fraud involved a sophisticated plan that targeted victims who were looking to experiment with their hard-earned money by making investments in different avenues.
“Little did they know that the companies involved were fake and were run by criminals wanting to fund lavish lifestyles.
“I want to thank the victims for their patience, co-operation and support and I hope the conclusion of this case offers some justice to their victims.”
It comes after Hassini’s fellow Towie star Dan Edgar, 28, was forced to sign a disqualification undertaking last year for his part another scam that also sold dodgy coloured diamonds.
He was part of company Reco Commodities which scammed 18 victims out of a total of £415,000.
The office was said to have “boiler room conditions” as their young sales reps used aggressive tactics to force potential investors to hand over their cash.
Reco promoted a false trading history of 15 years and said its founder and senior brokers had a combined experience of over 50 years – in reality, the company was set up in 2013.
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