Pastor conman back in jail after fleeing to South Africa
Conman’s term extended by eight months for going on the run
A FORMER pastor who was convicted of 10 counts of fraud and deception has appeared in court following his extradition from South Africa, where he went on the run before he could be sentenced.
Bruce Scott, 51, of Overdales,HighWycombe, appeared at Salisbury Crown Court before Judge Parkes on Friday, May 15.
Judge Parkes was the trial judge who originally heard the case at Reading Crown Court when Scott was convicted of fraud and deception.
He had been found guilty of 10 counts of fraud and deception relating to incidents between 1998 and 2012 when the victims, who were from Scott’s business and private lives, were duped in to parting with substantial sums of money.
Scott was due to appear at Reading Crown Court for sentencing on January 16, 2014.
However, he went on the run in January 2014 to avoid being sentenced.
In his absence Judge Parkes sentenced Scott, a former pastor of the Covenant Church of the Cross, in Farnham Common, to four years’ imprisonment.
in Johannesburg in March 2015 and was extradited to appear before the court in the UK.
Last week he was given an additional eight months in custody to be served consecutive to his original four-year term.
The investigating officer at the time, now retired, James Deans of the Economic Crime Unit, said: “Bruce Scott has caused untold misery through his fraudulent acts and he has compounded his offending by attempting to escape justice and fleeing to South Africa.
“I know the many victims of his crimes will be delighted that Thames Valley Police has located Scott and brought him back to the UK to serve his sentence.”
CAUGHT: Bruce Scott
Bruce Scott has caused untold misery
through his fraudulent acts”