Conman jailed for fleecing migrant worker and dating agency woman out of £1540

Judge Peter Jacobs. Photo: Steve Adams

Judge Peter Jacobs. Photo: Steve Adams

A conman who fleeced a foreign worker he met on a building site and a woman he met online of about £1,540, has been jailed for 12 months.

Sam Auker, 28, falsely told a Bulgarian labourer that he needed to have special qualifications and cards to work on British building sites, and asked him for money to obtain them.

And he lied to a woman he met through a dating agency that he had lost his wallet and later that the bank had left him penniless after making a mistake, to get money out of her.

His only excuse was that he was desperate for money, King’s Lynn Crown Court heard yesterday.

Judge Peter Jacobs, sitting as a deputy circuit judge, told Auker, from Orford Place, West Winch, near King’s Lynn, that he had used the migrant worker as a “milch cow”.

And he said the “cruel deception” he had carried out on the woman had a “devastating effect” on her.

A victim impact statement read to the court revealed that the woman, who works in a bank, had been left feeling vulnerable and unable to trust anyone.

Auker appeared for sentencing after pleading guilty to three charges of fraud and three charges of theft at an earler hearing.

He also admitted being in breach of a three-month jail sentence suspended for 12 months imposed for dangerous driving/ theft of a vehicle and fraud in King’s Lynn in 2013.

John Farmer, prosecuting, said Auker had conned the pair out of £1,540 between them.

Auker met the construction worker, who was working as a labourer at the College of West Anglia, in 2013.

Mr Farmer said: “He gave him bogus advice to get various credit cards from him, and took a series of cash amounts from him to get a construction skills certificate card, to go on courses, and for public insurance liability,

“He had initially pleaded guilty to these charges, but changed his plea when the CPS flew the worker back to the UK from Sofia to testify.”

John Lucas, for Auker, said: “He is working and has a daughter he provides for. His alcoholic father beat him.

“What he has gained out of it is next to nothing. What he did was thoughtless and unkind, but he was desperate for money. “He has a dishonest streak in him and has been in trouble before. He would be the first to admit he was trying his luck to be a bigger man in a starving household.”

Auker was jailed for nine months for the latest offences, and the 3-month suspended sentence was activated, to run consecutively. He must also pay a £100 victim surcharge.

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