A wealthy divorcee has claimed she was ‘conned’ out of £500,000 by her Romanian toyboy lover, however he insists they had been in love and the hefty sum of money was a present.
Christiane Shellard, 66, mentioned she loaned Cristian Mihalea, 29, the cash to assist him flip his life round, and as a substitute he blew it on on-line playing and fancy watches.
Ms Shellard, from Surrey, says she was a ‘naive idiot’ to be duped by Mr Mihalea, who left her ‘fully unfulfilled’ sexually after the pair met at a restaurant in 2016.
However Mr Mihalea says the 2 had been in love and the cash was a present, including he was heartbroken when the cougar changed him with a youthful mannequin.
Christiane Shellard, 66, mentioned she loaned Cristian Mihalea, 29, the cash to assist him flip his life round, and as a substitute he blew it on on-line playing and fancy watches
However Mr Mihalea says the 2 had been in love and the cash was a present, including he was heartbroken when the cougar changed him with a youthful mannequin
Ms Shellard is taking Mr Mihalea to courtroom in an try to win again the £500,000, and the older girl accused him of treating her like ‘open purse’, she instructed the Solar.
She mentioned: ‘I used to be a naive idiot however I used to be smitten. I used to be not too long ago divorced from my husband of 38 years.
‘I used to be flattered with a boyfriend 37 years my junior on my arm. I used to be susceptible and he turned out to be cold-hearted and opportunistic.’
The pair met and exchanged numbers when Ms Shellard requested Mr Mihalea for a lightweight for her cigarette at Bluebird restaurant in west London in 2016.
Mr Mihalea got here spherical to her residence in September and so they started seeing one another each different week.
Though an off-the-cuff relationship, Ms Shellard mentioned the youthful man quickly started asking for cash so she gave him £700 to cowl his lease.
He then complained of automobile troubles, so she gave him a restrict of £20,000 to spend on a brand new automobile, however says she was by no means proven any receipts for the second-hand Porsche Panamera he purchased.
As Ms Shellard takes Mr Mihalea to courtroom in try to win again the £500,000, the older girl accuses him of treating her like ‘open purse
Cristian Mihalea, 29, admitted frittering it away on on-line playing, a foul gold deal, a Audemars Piguet watch costing not less than £4,000, and a £42,000 GLS Mercedes for his sister
Mr Mihalea then allegedly mentioned his father was dying of liver most cancers and would want a £160,000 transplant, which Ms Shellard paid for.
The ultimate straw, Ms Shellard mentioned, was when Mr Mihalea mentioned they need to purchase a property he had seen in Brentwood, and she or he agreed.
She mentioned: ‘He even snatched the cellphone out of my hand to switch the cash into his account.’
Ms Shellard did not reveal the amount of cash she gave him to purchase the house however it’s considered the £500,000, which she is taking Mr Mihalea to courtroom over.
After the cash switch, Mr Mihalea mentioned the house had been bought to a different bidder and he disappeared to Jap Europe for weeks, Ms Shellard mentioned.
She added: ‘I felt such a idiot and embarrassed. That’s what occurs to ladies my age.
‘I used to be by no means in love with him. I preferred him rather a lot however was not silly sufficient to assume I may have a future with somebody so younger — I assumed it may final three or 4 years.
‘The man I used to be smitten with was a monster. I’ve realized my lesson, I have been bitten. If that is what occurs once you date somebody, I would somewhat keep single.’
The divorcee mentioned £500,000 was to purchase a flat in her identify the place he may reside till he may afford a mortgage and one other £160,000 was for his father’s medical payments
She additionally shelled out for a Porsche Panamera, which retails at virtually £68,000, and extra watches so as to add to the muscled playboy’s assortment
Mihalea claimed the cash was a present throughout their 18-month ‘full, loving and intimate relationship’ and he should not should pay it again
However Mr Mihalea insists they had been in love and that she had ‘gifted’ him the £500,000 to purchase himself a flat.
He mentioned to the Solar: ‘We had been a pair in love. I used to be actually in love along with her. Many of the instances we met, we bought bodily.
‘The age hole did not trouble me, it appeared regular — she could be very effectively preserved for her age. We went on vacation collectively.’
He mentioned he was devastated when he realized Ms Shellard had been seeing a younger mannequin.
The Romanian, who now runs Vos hair and sweetness salon in Fulham, registered in his sister’s identify, admitted to blowing all his ex-lover’s money.
Mr Mihalea now claims his solely property are £7,444 in a Lloyds checking account and a £4,000 Cartier watch.
Mr Mihalea claimed the cash was a present throughout their 18-month ‘full, loving and intimate relationship’ and he should not should pay it again.
Mihalea’s authorized argument didn’t begin effectively as Decide Nicholas Cooke froze all his property world wide as Ms Shellard’s legal professionals examine the cash path.
‘You are not going to get away from the juggernaut that is approaching by saying, ‘It is too late, I’ve spent all the cash’,’ the choose mentioned.