‘Conwoman swapped diamonds for pebbles’ as boss was distracted by caller

A conwoman posed as an international gem expert to swap £4.2 million worth diamonds for pebbles, a court heard. Lulu Lakatos, 60, pretended to be gemmologist called ‘Anna’ hired by wealthy Russian businessmen seeking to purchase the precious stones from Boodles in Mayfair in 2016, jurors were told. Just one of the gems, a heart-shaped diamond, was worth £2,215,138. Boodles chairman Nicholas Wainwright watched as she examined the stones but even he could not prevent her using sleight of hand…

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