Fraudster Norman Fowler admits £21,000 online scam

Norman Fowler. Picture: Essex Police

Norman Fowler. Picture: Essex Police - Credit: Archant

A fraudster, who had been wanted by Norfolk police after fleeing to Spain, admitted conning his victims out of £21,000 on Thursday - four years after committing the crimes.

Norman Fowler, 39, pleaded guilty at Chelmsford Crown Court on Thursday morning to nine charges of fraud.

Fowler, previously of Colchester and North Lincolnshire, had been wanted by police in Norfolk and Essex after he fled in 2014 to southern Spain.

He was arrested by Spanish police last year and extradited back to the UK to face trial.

The charges, which date from 2013, include offering items such as camera equipment, laptops, and Rolex watches on Gumtree and eBay, accepting payment but not exchanging the goods.

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He had previously denied the charges but changed his plea to guilty on Thursday morning.

He was convicted in his absence of theft of camera equipment at Norwich Crown Court in December 2014 and jailed for nine months. He is due to be sentenced in October.

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