Scammer given six weeks to sell home and repay his victims
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