Suffolk: Hapless fraudster must pay back £40k because he went to police over theft allegation.
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A DIMWITTED conman must hand over £40,000 from a six-figure inheritance as a result of making a theft allegation to police.
After Jonathan Robertson made his complaint officers in London discovered the fraudster had inherited £100,000.
However, they also found out he was still being pursued by Suffolk Constabulary for the £40,100 he made as proceeds of crime from a nationwide scam.
Robertson was made the subject of a nominal £1 Proceeds of Crime order after being jailed at Ipswich Crown Court in 2010.
At the time the 51-year-old – who was caught using fake identity documents at Lloyds TSB branch in Southwold – did not have any money despite the thousands of pounds he swindled.
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However, he was subsequently bequeathed around £100,000 after his mother died in New Zealand.
Financial investigators from Suffolk Constabulary have now successfully applied for a confiscation order for £40,100, after bringing the case back before Judge David Goodin at Ipswich Crown Court.
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If Robertson fails to hand over £40,100 he faces a further 12-months imprisonment.
At one stage it looked as if he would not have to pay for his criminality, but unfortunately for Robertson he made a theft allegation to the Metropolitan Police.
After an investigation the complaint came to nothing, but during the inquiry officers found out about the court case in Ipswich.
Robertson was convicted after using fake passports and driving licences to obtain money.
Between August and October 2009, he visited branches of Lloyds TSB across the country including in Hampshire, Lincolnshire, Dorset and Thetford.
His spree came to an end when a staff member in Southwold became suspicious and called the police.
Robertson, of Uxbridge, Middlesex, admitted conspiracy to commit fraud and was jailed for 14 months in February 2010.
After his arrest he told police that a person he owed money to had given him the fake ID documents and had driven him to the bank branches to carry out the con
At Robertson’s sentencing the court was told he had got into a downward spiral after losing his home and had become dependent on drugs, incurring debts.