A man who conned people by selling imaginary goods online has been jailed for 15 months. Justin Waters, of no fixed address, admitted six charges of fraud by false representation. The 42-year old also admitted a further 45 similar offences that were taken into consideration by the judge when he was sentenced at Canterbury Crown Court on January 9.
Between December 3, 2013, and April 26, 2014, Waters advertised numerous items on a website, ranging from metal detectors to motorbike clothing to musical equipment. Prices ranged from £35 to £592 and victims could contact Waters to agree a fee.
Waters operated his scheme from a caravan in Reculver Lane, Herne Bay, using the names and bank details of people he had befriended. He would convince the buyers to pay using bank transfers then he would cease all contact with them and not send the items for which they paid. But following an investigation by Detective Constable Lee Gerken, Waters was arrested in August last year.
Waters made a full admission to the offences and said he had advertised items with no intention of supplying them as he was short of cash. DC Gerken said:
“Waters conned unsuspecting online shoppers out of cash, and the bank accounts of those who had shown him kindness were misused to carry out his scam. Despite hiding behind different names, officers were able to uncover his deception and now Waters is behind bars and unable to con any more people.”