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‘Guru’ convicted of swindling French aristocrats sentenced to eight years

AP, PARIS

He also said Gonzalez — and not Tilly — was the ringleader and absconded with all the money.

According to court statements, in the years after Ghislaine de Vedrines met Tilly in 1999 and introduced him to the rest of the family, he played relatives against each other, creating group paranoia and preying on the family’s weaknesses.

Tilly was arrested in Switzerland in 2009.

Tilly remained defiant on Tuesday despite the conviction, saying he is a British citizen and will take his case to the European Court of Justice.

“[The trial] has only just begun,” Tilly said.

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