Fraud­ster warned of im­me­di­ate jail term

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK & World Update - By DAVID SEY­MOUR david.sey­mour@pe­ter­bor­oughto­day.co.uk @Et­david­sey­mour

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.

GRAF­FITI scourge: Po­lice ap­peal af­ter van­dals are not us­ing the graf­fiti boards in Or­ton Gold­hay, pic­tured cen­tre, but tar­get­ing fences, walls and bus shel­ters, pic­tured inset.

WARN­ING: Mar­i­ous Pimm has been told he faces jail

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