A playboy fraudster who fled to Dubai to avoid a 10-year prison sentence is suing police for crushing his £200,000 Ferrari.
Zahid Khan has served no prison time after being found guilty of a £500,000 number plate scam, but that hasn’t stopped him from lodging his claim against West Midlands Police.
The brazen conman made headlines when he parked the supercar on the pavement by the steps of Birmingham Crown Court in April 2017 – it was later seized by police.
A month later Khan appeared in court to try to prove he had bought the vehicle legally but was told it had already been destroyed, Birmingham Live reports.
West Midlands Police said the Ferrari was crushed because it had no valid insurance and was a Category B vehicle – which are officially classed as unroadworthy, meaning the shell has to be destroyed.
The 35-year-old was later convicted of conspiracy to commit fraud, perverting the course of justice and concealing and converting criminal property in relation to a number plate scam, where he would register existing plates with the DVLA under his own name to sell them on.
Birmingham Crown Court heard Khan lived a playboy lifestyle and he was jailed in his absence after he fled to Dubai back in the summer of 2018.
Khan has also been hit with a confiscation order totalling £116,319 under the Proceeds of Crime Act and must serve an extra 14 months in prison if he does not comply with the order.
Speaking from Dubai, Khan, 35, told the Mail Online he had taken legal action against the force.
He said: “I have now started proceedings against West Midlands Police for their unlawful conduct in relation to my Ferrari 458 spider worth 200k.”
Shortly after fleeing the UK, Khan posted a video appearing to show him smash up a £30,000 gold Rolex.
And just last year he filmed himself flying a plane over Dubai and stroking his pet Siberian tiger cub.
British police believe they have tracked down his bolthole and he now faces extradition back to the UK.
With his time as a fugitive now seemingly running out, Khan lodged his extraordinary claim against West Midlands Police for the unlawful destruction of his Ferrari.
A Notice of Issue was sent to the force on February 4 and the case is now with London County Court.
A West Midlands Police spokeswoman said: “Zahid Khan has previously lodged a letter of claim directly with the force which has already been denied.
“We have now received notification he has issued proceedings before the court, we will respond to the claim via the court process in due course.”