Judge Lord Hardie said it was “particularly disappointing” to see a lawyer standing in the dock in the High Court.
He told him: “It is clear you were afforded many privileges in life that most people never get. You were educated at George Watson’s College, a fee paying school, graduated in law and were a practising solicitor.
The disgraced solicitor, who appeared as an inmate of Saughton Prison, was declared bankrupt at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on May 29, 1995.
Yesterday, at the High Court in Kilmarnock, Lord Hardie was told Manson acted illegally as a director and was concerned in the management of a company called Claymore Group Limited between November 18, 1996, and July 30, 1997, at 82 Great King Street, Edinburgh.
Between November 18 and December 24, 1996, he obtained £30,000 by fraud from David Wallace and John McFarlane, of Multex Engineering Limited, Livingston, claiming he owned and invested in the Claymore Group Limited, which was said to be concerned in the manufacture of Harris Tweed.
Manson obtained a further £40,000 by fraud by obtaining a loan from Gordon and Deirdre Fraser between February 1, 1997 and May 30, 1997. He had no intention of repaying the money and £10,000 in interest.
Between April 10 and October 16, 2001, at 9/10 St Andrew Square, Edinburgh, he pretended to be a property developer called Graham Robinson and attempted to obtain a loan of £820,000 from Dunbar Bank plc.
Then, between August 1 and September 20, 2001, again at 9/10 St Andrews Square, he told officials of the Royal Bank of Scotland that he was Graham Robinson and needed a loan of £900,000 to buy property at 3 Randolph Terrace, Edinburgh, for his company, Cairngorm Two Limited.
He gave the bank a gas bill and a driving licence, both with forged signatures. He also gave them a lawyer’s letter, which was also forged, inducing the bank to give him a £900,000 loan.
Lord Hardie was then told that between September 23, 2002, and March 12, 2003, at 3 Randolph Crescent, Manson told Bank of Scotland employees that he was Niall Robertson, authorised to represent Braemar House Limited, Aberdeen, and thereby obtained £1.855m by fraud.