Pas­tor con­man back in jail af­ter flee­ing to South Africa

Con­man’s term ex­tended by eight months for go­ing on the run

Buckinghamshire Advertiser - - NEWS - By Court re­porter buck­snews@trin­i­tysouth.co.uk

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.

Scott was

lo­cated

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”

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