Scam­mer given six weeks to sell home and re­pay his vic­tims

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A con­victed scam­mer is mak­ing a fi­nal bid to sell his house – and spare him­self an­other jail sen­tence.

Gerald Sun­nie, of Aboyne Av­enue, Dundee, was pre­vi­ously jailed for tak­ing £49,000 from three OAPs between Au­gust 2013 and Au­gust 2014.

He sent most of the money to “in­di­vid­u­als across Europe” and kept some for him­self.

Sun­nie re­ceived cheques from three pen­sion­ers as part of a lot­tery scam.

His trial at Dundee Sher­iff Court last year heard he had be­come in­volved af­ter be­ing duped into be­liev­ing he had won a £200,000 Amer­i­can lot­tery prize.

The 59-year-old was jailed for six months and a pro­ceeds of crime ac­tion was brought against him by the Crown Of­fice to re­trieve all the money lost by his vic­tims.

Sun­nie has spent the last few months try­ing to sell his house at of­fers of £45,000 or over but this has been un­suc­cess­ful, so­lic­i­tor Gary McIl­ravey told the court.

Mr McIl­ravey ac­cepted that even if Sun­nie sells his house, he would still have to find out­stand­ing funds.

He said: “Mr Sun­nie has had se­vere dif­fi­culty com­ing up with the money. The only as­set he has is his house which he has been try­ing to sell. It looked like a deal was go­ing to be struck but this fell through. He has only had one view­ing in Septem­ber and no of­fers since then.”

When Sher­iff Alastair Brown asked why the house was only put on the mar­ket re­cently, Mr McIl­ravey said job­less Sun­nie had not had the money to do so be­fore then.

Sun­nie is fac­ing an 18-month prison sen­tence if he does not pay back the money.

Sher­iff Brown al­lowed him an ex­ten­sion to the pe­riod for pay­ment. He said: “I will ex­tend the pe­riod for pay­ment by six weeks. There are two pur­poses for that. One is to al­low the ac­cused to con­tinue to mar­ket the prop­erty.

“The other is to al­low the Crown to make an ap­pli­ca­tion for an en­force­ment ad­min­is­tra­tor.”

The case was con­tin­ued Novem­ber 23. un­til

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