11 June 2006

Professor, scientist, art collector, crook: jail for conman with millionaire lifestyle

· Fraudster caught in £1m Christie's art scam
· Five years for man who created string of identities

Paul Lewis
Saturday January 21, 2006
The Guardian

In his time Robert Hyams has posed as one of the world's top microbiologists, claiming breakthroughs in the field of Aids and cancer. He has tricked banks, property agents and car companies out of fortunes. But it was his pretence to be a millionaire art buyer that finally led to jail for the conman when he attempted to swindle the auctioneers Christie's out of more than £1m worth of French masterpieces.


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