Drug dealer used brother’s name to buy cars and house
AWANTED drugs boss used his emigrated brother’s identity to stay on the run and buy a house in Formby.
Robert Flynn was the ringleader of a gang which flooded the streets of Sefton with crack cocaine and heroin.
But he was jailed for eight years, in November, 2016, after undercover officers infiltrated the group in a police sting.
Liverpool Crown Court heard how the drug dealer evaded the authorities for seven years thanks to a sophisticated fraud.
Martine Snowdon, prosecuting, said his brother, Mark, moved to the US in 1990, where he had remained ever since with his family.
Robert, 58, used Mark’s details to obtain a driving licence, buy cars, secure a loan for a house and even avoid a conviction for speeding.
He took out the driving licence using his brother’s identity but his own photograph in January, 2009, before renewing it in July, 2015. Robert used it to open a bank account with HSBC in July, 2009, then three more accounts with Santander in 2011, 2012 and 2014.
Ms Snowdon said: “The money obtained from drug dealing passed through these bank accounts and the total amount of that is £92,000.”
The dealer applied for £17,000 of finance to buy a Chrysler car in September, 2009, and £21,500 for a Renault Megane in September, 2015.
Robert also used the licence to insure the Megane, a luxury BMW X5 in January, 2014, and to get a Vodafone contract in September, 2013.
Ms Snowdon said the fraudster falsely secured a bridging loan of £160,000 when buying a house in Rosemary Lane, Formby, in April, 2014.
Robert, appearing via video link from HMP Berwyn, in Wrexham, did not honour the loan and the company was left £55,609 out of pocket.
He was caught speeding in the BMW in Chester, in July, 2014, and claimed his brother was driving, who was convicted in his absence.
Robert Flynn admitted 12 counts of fraud, two counts of possession of false identity and one count of perverting the course of justice.
He has eight convictions for 26 offences, dating back to 1981, and was jailed for four months for benefit fraud in 1998.
Robert Flynn was jailed for five years for dealing heroin and cocaine in 2000, then another five years for drug supply in May, 2004. The court heard while on home leave he escaped and went on the run, until he was caught and recalled on licence, in August, 2015.
He admitted failing to surrender plus dealing cannabis and possessing cocaine in 2008, during the seven years he was at large. Mark, who last spoke to his brother in 1998, told investigating officers he was totally unaware of Robert’s scam back in the UK.
Susannah Proctor, defending, said Robert began the fraud to avoid arrest and knew it wouldn’t cause his brother any difficulties.
She said he claimed police acted in “bad faith” by deliberately delaying charging him, despite interviewing his brother in March, 2017.
Ms Proctor said Robert did not receive a court summons until March this year, the day his long-term partner died from leukaemia.
She said: “He wasn’t able to attend her funeral.
“The day he received the summons, the prison revoked his privileges.”
Ms Proctor said Robert, of Rosemary Lane, Formby, was now in poor health, losing his sight and suffering from heart complaints.
The judge, Recorder Mark Rhind, jailed Robert for three years and nine months.
Robert Flynn – jailed for three years and nine months