Fraudster released from prison went on to scam new victims
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A convicted fraudster from Maidstone has been jailed again after he was released from prison but went on to scam new victims.
Blake Paterson was released on licence in 2022, having served a custodial sentence for offences connected to bogus online car sales. He had been convicted of multiple crimes after tricking victims into paying money, with no vehicles provided in return.
As well as the licence conditions (which enabled him to be recalled to prison if he reoffended), Paterson had been required to comply with a Serious Crime Prevention Order that restricted his use of communication devices and business email accounts.
In May 2023, he advertised motorbike and quad bikes for sale that did not exist, on an internet site using a false name.
Two victims contacted Paterson and transferred payments totalling £2,245. In both cases, nothing was delivered.
A third buyer sought to purchase an electric cycle but did not part with any funds.
An investigation by Kent Police’s Economic Crime Unit established Paterson was responsible for the frauds and that he held the mobile phone used to liaise with the victims.
Detectives also established the money had been transferred into his own bank accounts.
The 39-year-old was arrested on 19 September. He was charged and pleaded guilty at Maidstone Crown Court, to three frauds as well as 10 counts of breaching a Serious Crime Prevention Order.
Paterson, previously of High Street, Maidstone was sentenced on Tuesday 14 November to two years’ imprisonment.
He will also be subject to a further Serious Crime Prevention Order, on his release.
Detective Constable Matt Thomas said: ‘Paterson was previously jailed for similar frauds and has shown complete contempt for the criminal justice system by committing more offences upon his release. 'A further jail sentence is entirely appropriate and because he breached his licence and was recalled to prison, the reality is he will actually serve longer than this. We will now be seeking to recover the stolen money using powers under the Proceeds of Crime Act. ‘I would seek to remind anyone making large purchases on the internet to ensure they are liaising with a legitimate seller and that appropriate safeguards are in place before making any payments.’
Advice to avoid becoming a victim of online fraud is available here.