An Instagram rich kid branded "utterly self-centred" by a judge for selling illegal python-skin fashion accessories has defended herself and said: "No one is perfect."
Multimillionaire heiress Stephanie Scolaro spoke out hours after being spared jail for ordering snake-skin baseball caps and travel bags worth over £17,000 from Indonesia.
The "influential" Instagram star, who has 80,000 followers, sold the goods on a website called SS Python or to other fashion outlets.
Scolaro, who was today given a 160-hour community order, has now claimed to have been "singled-out" because of her lifestyle and said it would have been different if she was a "man in his 40s."
"It’s just because I have a lot of followers and because of my lifestyle," the 26-year-old told The Sun. "It’s not as if I killed a snake."
She also hit back at the remark made by Judge Michael Gledhill QC in which he called her a "utterly self-centred".
Scolaro said she ‘always goes out her way to help people’ and did not know what she was doing was wrong or that the animals were an endangered species.
She added: “The funny thing is I’ve always been an animal lover, I would never harm a fly. I’ve always been against animal cruelty.
“I’ve been portrayed as an animal killer when I’m not. Loads of people walk around London wearing fur, but that’s not who I am."
Scolaro claims to have been sent threats online, including by people saying they want to throw acid in her face.
She now wants to part of an animal rights campaign to educate people so they can learn from her "mistake."
Judge Gledhill told the ‘influencer’ he took a "very dim view" of the wildlife crimes and said it was like trading in ivory from elephants and rhinos.
He said: "This is a young woman who, for all sorts of different reasons, is utterly self-centred – her entire life concentrated around herself.
"One of the reasons is all her life she has in effect been given exactly what she wanted.
"She thinks ‘I like python skins, I can get them and sell them, and therefore I do it’.
"She focuses the spotlight on herself, it’s all about me.
"There is no thought about pythons in Indonesia, how they are skinned alive and how they are endangered doesn’t cross her mind."
Scolaro, of central London, claims she is a socialite who leads a life of luxury and glamour as one of the ‘rich kids of Instagram’, and shares pictures of high-end designer clothes and supercars.
Her sister Lana starred in the Channel 4 reality TV show Rich Kids Of Instagram after parading their jet-set lifestyles on social media.
Their father Francesco Scolaro made millions from mining and investing in the leisure industry.
Scolaro pleaded guilty to two counts of importing goods with the intent to evade a prohibition, two counts of keeping for sale a species acquired unlawfully and two counts of selling a species unlawfully imported at an earlier hearing.
A selection of gold, cream and maroon snake-skin baseball caps were shown to the court.
There were 35 illegal snake-skin goods which included baseball caps, large hold-all bags and smaller bags.
An investigation was launched when German customs intercepted 10 caps and a large and small bag as they were air freighted from Indonesia to the UK.
Prosecutor Gregor McKinley said at an earlier hearing: "One of those caps was on sale there and the owner of that shop said he paid Miss Scolaro £185 for it but her suggested retail price was £350."
As part of the police investigation, caps addressed to her were confiscated at Heathrow Airport while five were found in another shop on sale for hundreds of pounds.
The prosecutor said: "Three were on sale for £450 and two were on sale for £350."
Mr McKinley said Scolaro refused to cooperate in locating the goods and gave a no comment interview.
He said: "All of the investigation has been by the police from the website and the Instagram account and without any cooperation from the defendant for finding this items and where they have been on sale.
"There are some 35 of these baseball caps.
"If we take the retail value as was suggested by the defendant herself, it amounts to about £350, the value of these hats comes to £12,215.
"The large bags which were intercepted were advertised on the website for £2,800.
"We don’t have an estimated value for the small bags but the large bags and hats comes to £17,815."
When the goods came from Indonesia they had documents purporting to be export permits with them.
But Mr McKinley said: "Both of these documents have been checked and both are forgeries.
"The maximum penalties on the regulatory offences is five years on each of these offences.
"And the customs and excise management offence is a maximum of seven years."
A hearing to recover her criminal profits will be heard at the court at a date to be fixed.
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