Shameful businessman admits £24,000 fraud linked to Gosport karate club

Martyn Styler, 38, allegedly put the woman at significant financial risk by forging her signature on a hire contract for IESKA Sports Club in Gosport, of which he was manager and owner at the time.

This tampering put the victim, who is deaf, at risk of losing £24,000 in annual rent from the business.

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06/11/2016 (Sport) Martyn Styler, pictured far left in the red tie, during an IESKA (Ichiban Eikoku Shotokan Karate Association) ranking event at Holbrook Leisure Centre, Gosport in 2016. Photo :Neil Marshall

The vulnerable victim had been registered as a guarantor for the club and it was proven that she had no knowledge of what that meant or what the responsibilities were.

Styler also forged a witness’ signature on the lease document, before submitting the documents on June 18, 2020.

This allowed him to continue running his business for financial gain.

On June 20, Styler admitted to the witness that he forged his signature, as well as that of his first victim.

Portsmouth Crown Court.

He claimed he did it to ‘save jobs’ at the Sports Club.

The lease was forensically compared by an expert who determined that the signatures on the agreement differed from the authentic signatures of the victims.

The expert concluded that there was strong evidence that none of the victims had signed the rental agreement.

Styler, of Brewers Lane in Gosport, appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court yesterday (February 2) and admitted two counts of fraud by false representation.

He was released on bail to appear in the same court for sentencing on March 11.

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