The Only Way Is Essex star Lewis Bloor used a fake name to con people in a £3million diamond scam, a court has heard.

Bloor, 31, who joined the cast of the ITV2 reality show for three years from 2013, allegedly posed as ‘Thomas Harkin’ to dupe investors into buying the coloured stones at a 600% mark-up.

He denies conspiracy to defraud between May 7 2013 and July 1 2014 at Southwark Crown Court where he is on trial alongside Joseph Jordan, 29, from Waltham Cross, Hertfordshire, George Walters, 29, from Beckenham, in Kent, Max Potter, of Enfield, Middlesex, Nathan Wilson, 28, of Brentwood, Essex, and Simon Akbari, 27, from Loughton, Essex, who also deny the charge. 

Around 200 people, many of whom were elderly, were allegedly fleeced of more than £3million by fraudsters working for two firms, Imperial Assets Solutions (IAS) and Henderson & Forbes. 

Lewis Bloor (pictured), 31, who joined the cast of the ITV2 reality show The Only Way Is Essex for three years from 2013, denies conspiracy to defraud between May 7 2013 and July 1 2014 at Southwark Crown Court

Bloor joined the cast of Towie for its tenth series in 2013 and spent three years on the show where he shared romances with co-stars Chloe Lewis and Kate Wright.

He left to appear in Celebrity Big Brother in 2016 and got together with Marnie Simpson while in the house.

Southwark Crown Court heard on Tuesday that Bloor was paid £150,000, with some of the money paid on to others, by IAS, before leaving to pursue…

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