Drug dealer used brother’s name to buy cars and house

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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

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