A security worker who was cleared of involvement in the £26m ‘Burglary of the Century’ raid on Tamara Ecclestone’s mansion allowed his bank accounts to be used to launder money stolen from a dementia sufferer, a court heard.

Sorin Marcovici, 56, was cleared of the heist at the socialite’s ‘Billionaires’ Row’ home in Kensington, London.

But he was involved in the heartless plot to plunder £50,000 from frail Michael Phillips, Snaresbrook crown court heard.

David Ryan, prosecuting, said:’ The loser was duped into handing control of his computer to a third party.

‘The money was transferred to two accounts controlled by the defendant.’

Security worker Sorin Marcovici, 56, who was cleared of involvement in the £26m 'Burglary of the Century' raid on Tamara Ecclestone's mansion allowed his bank accounts to launder money stolen from a dementia sufferer, a court heard

Security worker Sorin Marcovici, 56, who was cleared of involvement in the £26m ‘Burglary of the Century’ raid on Tamara Ecclestone’s mansion allowed his bank accounts to launder money stolen from a dementia sufferer, a court heard

Sorin Marcovici, 56, was cleared of the heist at the 'Billionaire's Row' home of Tamara Ecclestone (pictured) in Kensington, London

Sorin Marcovici, 56, was cleared of the heist at the ‘Billionaire’s Row’ home of Tamara Ecclestone (pictured) in Kensington, London

Mr Phillips was diagnosed with temporal frontal dementia. He has a social worker allocated to him.’

In a victim impact statement, Mr Phillips said: ‘I am distraught by the loss of the money.

‘This was money from the sale of my dad’s house and was to be used for day-to-day living.

Losing this money has stopped me from doing a lot of things. I will have no future income after this.’

Matei Clej, defending Marcovici said: ‘He is married and is of previous good character.

This was a one-off offence.’

The barrister said Marcovici has been suffering from long Covid.

‘He was in hospital with Covid. He fell ill again during the course of the pandemic. He has been suffering the consequences of that ever since.’

Marcovici denies that he knew how his accounts had been used.

Passing sentence Judge Alex Gordon said:’Money laundering is an integral part of much criminality.’

But the judge accepted that a long time had passed since the offence, and that he had not committed and offence since.

‘This has enabled you to demonstrate that you have not committed any offence between then and now.’

He also took Marcovici’s health into account.

‘You are not in good health.’

Tamara Ecclestone's mansion in Kensington, near Central London

Tamara Ecclestone’s mansion in Kensington, near Central London

Marcovici, of Newham, was given a sentence of 16 months suspended for two years.

He will be subject to an electronically monitored curfew for four months between 6pm and 6am.

He admitted one count of possession of criminal property.

Marcovici was accused of being one of the ‘supporting cast’ for the burglars who travelled from Italy to break into celebrities’ homes in December 2020.

The thieves raided cash and gems in the ‘Burglary of the Century’ at the socialite’s ‘Billionaire’s Row’ Kensington home on December 13.

Jugoslav Jovanovic, 24, carried out the heist in Kensington with expert jewel thieves Alessandro Maltese, 45, known as the ‘Pink Panther’, and 44-year-old Alessandro Donati.

They also raided the west London home of former Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and his 42-year-old wife Christine, and a Knightsbridge property owned by the deceased Leicester City football club owner Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha.

All three admitted conspiracy to burgle the properties and were jailed for a total of 28 and a half years in November 2021.

Marcovici, dubbed ‘The Professor’, was cleared of conspiracy to burgle by a jury in January 2021 after he denied and knowledge of the plan to carry out high value raids

He told the court: ‘Never, I have ever known anything, and if I knew that something happened and felt instinctively something was wrong I would have reported it to the police, because this is my home country.’

Source: | This article originally belongs to Daily Mail

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