Woman conned out of £2,000 by fraudster

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A conman moved to the Fylde Coast and befriended a woman before swindling her out of thousands of pounds.

Peter Swann persuaded his victim to pay him for an iPad and iPhone plus a football shirt which she never received.

He also conned her into paying £1,500 for flights, saying he had to go to Germany, and to pay £200 for a special T-shirt he wanted.

Swann, 59, of Liverpool Road, Blackpool, pleaded guilty to fraud.

He had a record of 76 previous offences of fraud and similar convictions.

Swann was remanded in custody to appear for sentence at Preston Crown Court on December 3 by Blackpool magistrates.

Presiding magistrate, Simon Bridge, told him: “Your record is appalling for similar offences. This was obviously a confidence fraud.”

Martine Connah, prosecuting, said Swann befriended a woman who lived in St Annes between October 17 and November 1 this year, telling her he wanted to commission a large painting.

Swann continued to meet the woman, at one time telling her he was in hospital with angina. He told her he could get her a T-shirt she wanted and claimed it was being posted to her from Portugal after she gave him £120 for it.

She also lent him £1,500 for flights to Germany and £500 for a T-shirt he said he wanted. Altogether she gave Swann £2,218.

The prosecutor added: “It was a confidence fraud.

“There was a degree of planning and multiple transactions of money. When arrested he told police: “I basically conned her out of two grand.”

Kathryn Jamieson-Sinclair, defending, told magistrates: “He takes a realistic view of his position and expects a custodial sentence. He does not ask for bail.”