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Notorious Suffolk conman with 160 previous convictions guilty of two more frauds

10:00 20 September 2015

Ipswich Crown Court

Ipswich Crown Court

A notorious conman who has spent most of his life in prison could be facing another jail term after being found guilty of two more offences of fraud.

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David Aves, 57, who has 160 previous convictions dating back 38 years, was convicted by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court this week of two offences of fraud by false representation involving a tractor and an agricultural generator. He will be sentenced in October.

Aves denied the offences and during his trial the court heard he had bought a generator from a company for £3,500 and hadn’t paid for it and had pocketed a £700 deposit from a bed and breakfast owner in France after offering to sell him a tractor.

Over the years, Aves, of Freewood Road, Bradfield St George, has gained notoriety after masterminding frauds from his jail cell and illegally freeing himself from Norwich Prison in 1996 by arranging for forged release papers to be faxed to the prison.

In 1998 he was jailed for four-and -a-half years for masterminding a £300,000 fraud from a Suffolk jail. On that occasion he used a public telephone at Blundeston prison near Lowestoft to set up deals buying and selling mainly agricultural machinery and equipment.

In 2001 he was jailed for a further four years for organising a £300,000 fraud from prison and in 2008 he was back behind bars for organising a £280,000 scam while he was serving a sentence at Hollesley Bay open prison.

When he was before Ipswich Crown Court in 2009 he admitted lying to the Court of Appeal during a civil case in which he won his right to appeal against a ruling made against him by forging a solicitor’s letter.

In March last year he was jailed for 27 months for three offences of fraud by false representation by selling a combine harvester and a tractor he didn’t own.

On that occasion Recorder John Akast described his criminal record as “shocking” and told him: “Not only have you wasted your life, you have probably taken several hundred thousand pounds of other people’s money with no intention of returning it.”

Recorder Akast said Aves’ list of 160 convictions was “some of the most persistent offending” he had ever seen. Earlier this year Aves was ordered by a court to pay back £220,000 under the proceeds of crime act.

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