Emil Savundra

Emil Savundra

Ceylonese International Swindler and Confidence Trickster + Active In Belgium + Ghana and England
Born Jul 6, 1923

Emil Savundra, born Michael Marion Emil Anacletus Pierre Savundranayagam was an indigenous Tamil businessman from Ceylon (known as Sri Lanka from 1972) who later took British citizenship. He is known for having perpetrated financial frauds in several countries, culminating in the scandal of the Fire, Auto and Marine Insurance Company. Savundra twice served jail sentences for his frauds.… Read More

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1923 Birth Born in 1923.


1948 25 Years Old When Ceylon became independent in 1948, Savundra (age 24) tried to develop a business career on the island. … Read More


1954 31 Years Old In 1954, at age 31, Savundra was convicted of swindling the Kredietbank of Antwerp over a non-existent cargo of rice and was imprisoned in Belgium.
1958 35 Years Old In 1958 he resurfaced as a representative of American company Camp Bird for mineral interests in Ghana. … Read More
1959 36 Years Old Savundra, who had developed a career of sharp practice characteristic of a post-war black marketeer, perpetrated a coffee-bean fraud at the expense of the Costa Rican government in 1959. … Read More


1963 40 Years Old In 1963 he formed the Fire, Auto and Marine Insurance Company (FAM), which took advantage of the thriving motor-insurance industry when car ownership in the UK was increasing and road networks were being developed. … Read More
1966 43 Years Old In May 1966, after a heart attack, the 42-year-old Savundra sold his FAM shares to his FAM directors. … Read More
1967 44 Years Old 1 More Event
In January 1967, he re-entered the United Kingdom; at age 44, he was dependent on pethidine for back pain.
1968 45 Years Old Savundra was arrested shortly after his appearance on The Frost Programme after a two-year police investigation. In March 1968, he was sentenced to eight years' imprisonment with a £50,000 fine or an additional two years' imprisonment. … Read More


1974 51 Years Old Savundra was released from prison shortly before Christmas in 1974, still addicted to drugs.
1976 53 Years Old He died in Old Windsor, near Windsor, Berkshire, on 21 December 1976 at age 53. … Read More
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