A SERIAL fraudster from Sussex has been sent to prison after being found guilty of multiple frauds totalling some £750,000.
Detectives from the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit carried out Operation Westpark, an investigation into frauds by 56-year-old Gary Robinson, also known under another six different identities including Gary Roberts, Richardson, and Jones. Robinson used addresses across West Sussex, including Chichester, Arundel and Westergate.
At Chichester Crown Court on Thursday (December 20), he was sentenced to four-and-a-half years, having pleaded guilty to 14 offences of fraud.
He was served with a confiscation order under the Proceeds of Crime Act, requiring him to repay into the court a separate amount of £356,000. He also had a further 14 similar offences, to the value of £387,000, taken into consideration,
Between 2007 and 2009 Robinson defrauded several banks by using multiple false identities to obtain loans which were never repaid.
He failed to appear at court when charged in 2011, but was finally arrested by North Wales Police this month as a direct result of the continued efforts and intelligence provided by the Sussex officers. He then pleaded guilty to all offences.
Detective Constable James Whiley, who led the investigation over many months, said: “Robinson, as he currently calls himself, has been working in the motor engineering industry for some years, using business and personal bank accounts to take out loans, account overdrafts, cheque books and credit cards, drawing bankers drafts for thousands of pounds and even a mortgage for a boat.
“Banks were deceived into believing he was genuine new customer each time and as a result he was provided with financial services. His lifestyle was supplemented by using various accounts in different identities to obtain luxury items such as yachts. He obtained some £350,000 by this means.
“This man is a systematic and thief. We warn institutions and individuals about the dangers of being taken in by plausible people like this, who provide no real evidence of their background and ambitions.”