Ian Lazar and his pets. Photo: Brendan EspositoDognapping victim and accused fraudster Ian Lazar has been hit with another raft of criminal charges, including cattle duffing and using “trickery” to obtain a concert promoter’s luxury wheels.
Mr Lazar, who changed his name from Ian Rogut when he was bankrupted in the late 1990s, is currently behind bars, bail refused, having been charged with a raft of fraud offences and conspiring with a well-known standover man to assault and intimidate a police officer.
Mr Lazar’s hopes of getting bail before Christmas were dashed last Thursday when the lender of last resort was hit with another nine charges.
They include three counts of stealing cattle, a fraud offence relating to the disappearance of a $100,000 tractor which Mr Lazar borrowed and a broken promise to pay an $11,000 bill for helicopter hire.
Mr Lazar was also charged with “larceny by trick” in relation to a Lexus motor vehicle which was owned by music promoter Kevin Jacobsen and his wife Billie.
Mr Jacobsen had gone to Mr Lazar for financial assistance in 2010 after a legal dispute which saw Mr Jacobsen fall out with his brother and then business partner Colin Joye.
According to the police fact sheet, which was presented to Central Local Court last Thursday, the Jacobsens’ Lexus ended up in the hands of a prominent standover man.
Many of the charges against Mr Lazar stem from former clients who, having found themselves in financial distress, are alleging they ended up even more distressed after their dealings with Mr Lazar.
In 2011 Mr Lazar was hit where it hurt most when four of his seven lapdogs were kidnapped.
The dognappers demanded payment of $300,000 for the safe return of the pooches, who wore matching day clothes and then were dressed in pyjamas for bed.
When Mr Lazar demanded “proof of life” he was sent a photo of his dogs cowering in a cage, with the front page of that day’s Australian Financial Review.
“They’ve been watching too many movies,” Mr Lazar said at the time.
Three of the four dogs were eventually recovered.
Mr Lazar’s matter will be mentioned in court on January 15.