Tycoon’s ex quizzed over cash con claims

Jaime Duffin, left, and Mark Emlick
Jaime Duffin, left, and Mark Emlick
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THE former girlfriend of a Capital property and finance tycoon is being investigated by police amid claims she conned him out of tens of thousands of pounds.

It is alleged that Jaime Duffin defrauded Mark Emlick out of cash by making false reports about being threatened and harassed.

Detectives have been passed a series of e-mails linked to the investigation and are now preparing to pass a report to the procurator fiscal.

The probe centred on allegations that Ms Duffin fabricated claims about being stalked to entice Mr Emlick to give her money.

The multi-millionaire businessman claims he paid for her to move to five different properties in a bid to protect her.

However, he became suspicious of the claims as time went on, and their relationship ended in a dispute over her pregnancy in November 2013.

Mr Emlick, 52, said: “Her actions put a considerable strain on my family and I. But it would be inappropriate to comment at this time when there is a live criminal investigation by the police into fraud and other allegations.”

Last year, Perth Sheriff Court heard Mr Emlick threatened Ms Duffin – who was pregnant with a girl at the time – telling her to have an abortion.

He admitted confronting the woman at her parents’ home in Kinross when she was around five months pregnant, and was fined £700 for what Sheriff Lindsay Foulis described as “most unpleasant” behaviour. When approached by the News about the fraud allegations, Ms Duffin, 38, said she had co-operated with police.

She said she believed Mr Emlick had made the reports to restore his reputation following the court case against him.

Ms Duffin said: “If this does reach court I welcome the opportunity to share what actually happened. I have found it all quite distressing. I have been very, very open with the police about everything.”

Property investor Mr Emlick set up Edinburgh-based Dunedin Independent plc and helped the company become one of the country’s largest private financial advisory firms with a portfolio worth more than £350 million.

It is understood he sold that firm to a Zurich-based company in 2010 for a sum in the region of £4m.

He then helped to found Consensus Capital plc, where he is currently listed as the chief executive, and he was co-founder and chairman of Strategic Investment Management Ltd.

Consensus Capital plc is a specialist real estate and private equity and asset management company.

The firm currently boasts that it is managing a combined real estate and private equity portfolio in excess 
£200m.

It announced in 2013 that it was launching a £50m fund to convert offices into social housing.

The Edinburgh-based investment firm, launched by Mr Emlick in 2010, is aiming to work on 25 developments over the next two years.

A police spokesman said: “Police in Edinburgh are currently investigating a report of fraud, and a report is in the process of being submitted to the procurator fiscal.”

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