CONMAN Nigel Goldman claims to have been ‘hounded by the international press, national reporters and private detectives’ in an interview with an English local newspaper.
Since the Olive Press’ exclusive report on Goldman’s quaint village hideout in Kintbury, Berkshire, the story has featured in the Birmingham Mail, The Times, The Telegraph and the Daily Mail.
Goldman, now using the name Howard Del Monte, told the Newbury Weekly News in a plea for sympathy that he never intended anyone to lose out in his financial investment schemes.
“I was always careful to ensure people weren’t investing life savings and that they could afford to trade,” he claimed.
However, the Olive Press has proof of numerous investors who have indeed lost their life savings to Goldman and are still desperately trying to have him brought to justice.
He added: “The writ in Spain is for €650,000 and I very much regret that anyone had to lose money.”
But again Goldman, or Del Monte as he is called throughout the interview, is being economical with the truth. The €650,000 is one of many writs issued against him in Spain.
He is apparently known around the village as ‘Howie’, and can be found playing poker in the Blue Ball pub every Wednesday, Friday and Sunday night, according to a resident.
In his book ‘High Stakes’, in which he describes going to jail twice for fraud, Goldman admits to being an addicting gambler and risking client’s money on the poker table.
Goldman explained that his latest investment adventure began in 2008 when he won a trading competition on Talk Radio Europe, when it was REM, turning €100,000 into €2.7 million.
“After that, I was approached by many expats, but because of my convictions under the Companies Act of 1948 for offences in the 1980s, the only way client funds could be handled was by trading through an off-shore entity,” said Goldman.
But the crash eventually came in 2012, apparently. “It all went wrong over a 24-hour period, very badly wrong,” he claimed.
“My portfolio was completely wiped out. I had only taken my eye off the ball for an hour but sometimes that’s all it takes.
“I was totally unable to operate. I decided to come back to the UK. I was out of money, selling personal assets to pay clients.
“The mistake I made was coming back without explaining fully what had happened and why I was leaving. I could have handled that much better.
“But the Spanish press have started a campaign against me.”
He said he still fears extradition to Spain, with the pressure growing on him exponentially since the Olive Press unearthed his hiding place.
Meanwhile he continues to sell coins and antiques through an eBay account called ‘Bensons Emporium’.