Lowestoft conman jailed for £13,000 online fraud

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A conman who carried out a £13,000 internet fraud just weeks after being given a suspended sentence for a similar fraud has been locked up for three years and ten months.

Joshua Jones, 20, was given two years detention in a young offenders' institution suspended for 18 months in September last year for offering tickets and electrical items for sale on Facebook that he never owned, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

On that occasion Jones had been responsible for 113 transactions involving £13,000 where he advertised items for sale that did not exist, including concert tickets, mobile phones.

Weeks later in December last year he began a similar fraud on Facebook, involving £13,000, in which he sold non-existent items to unsuspecting buyers using false names or adopting other people's identities, said Matthew Sorel-Cameron, prosecuting.

Jones had also tricked innocent people to act as agents selling non-existent goods for him on eBay by promising them commission and saying he had reached his limit for selling goods on eBay or PayPal.

He had also sold holiday accommodation to a family who having also bought flights from Jones arrived at their villa to discover it was already occupied.

Jones had then added to the family's distress by using credit card details given to him to pay for the villa and flights to buy a Range Rover costing nearly £9,000.

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Jones had also obtained false number plates for the vehicle.

Yesterday Jones, formerly of Arnold Street, Lowestoft pleaded guilty to four offences of fraud by false representation between December last year and May this year.

He also admitted having an article for use in fraud, driving without insurance, three offences of fraud by false representation and breach of a suspended sentence order.

Sentencing him to three years and ten months detention in a young offenders' institution Judge Rupert Overbuy described a Jones as a conman and an 'entrenched fraudster'.

Andrea Lock for Jones accepted her client had an unattractive record in terms of the effect his offences had on his victims.

'He is remorseful,' she said.

She said he had completed the unpaid work he was given as part of the suspended sentence order last year.