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Wednesday 1 October 2014

Alex Williams: behind-the-scenes man whose forgery skills aided deception

Published 17/01/2013 | 05:00

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IN complete contrast to his business partner, Alex Williams is a quiet and unassuming individual who concentrated on the mechanics of the businesses while Kallakis acted as frontman.

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Also aged 44, Williams met with Kallakis when both were studying in university and formed a close friendship, going into business together after they left college.

Polar opposites, while Kallakis would wine and dine around the various restaurants dotted in the square mile, Williams was happy to enjoy a Pot Noodle at his desk.

Williams had a poor start to his post-university life when, still in his 20s, he was convicted of passport offences and sentenced to a year in prison.

The conviction came at the same time as he was found guilty, along with Kallakis, of conspiracy to commit forgery related to the sale of bogus titles to Americans.

It was an indicator to his future offences, however, as Williams was described as being a master forger and the man behind the wealth of documents that were used to secure the loans that led to their conviction yesterday.

While he was described as being a personal assistant to Kallakis, Williams was in fact an equal in the deception.

His lawyer yesterday described how Williams, whose wife now lives in her native Philippines with their daughter, has a history of depression and had attempted to take his own life in the past.

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