Fraudster warned of immediate jail term
A WHITTLESEY man has been warned he faces an immediate prison sentence after being found guilty of two counts of fraud.
Marious Pimm (42), of Crescent Road, was convicted by majority verdict on each count at Peterborough Magistrates’ Court yesterday.
Pimm had been accused of touting for trade as a solicitor in Whittlesey, despite not being qualified to hold such a role.
Pimm, who graduated with a law degree from Lincoln University in 2006, had denied defrauding Irene Hollioake between April 1, and May 30, 2010, and Carol Bedford between March 1, and March 31, 2008.
The court had been told Mrs Hollioake’s son Andrew had received help from Pimm for financial problems he was having with his plumbing business dating from 2007 after a bankruptcy petition was issued.
Mrs Hollioake gave Pimm two cheques, each worth £2,000, which were placed into his account.
She had claimed she thought the money was going to a different account to pay off her son’s debts.
Miss Bedford also asked for help from Pimm with financial matters, the court had been told.
Pimm denied ever describing himself as a solicitor, acting dishonestly, doing anything he was not qualified or entitled to do, and charging or taking money he was not entitled to do.
Judge Nic Madge adjourned the case until Thursday, May 24, for a pre-sentence report.
He said: “The defendant has previous convictions for theft, fraudulent use of an excise licence, ABH and excess alcohol. In view of these the likely sentence is immediate imprisonment, but I need more information about the defendant before I sentence.”
Pimm was granted bail on condition he resides at his Crescent Road address and surrender his passport at Thorpe Wood Police Station by 9am today.
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WARNING: Marious Pimm has been told he faces jail