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The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - UK&WORLD UPDATE - By STEPHEN BRIGGS stephen.briggs@pe­ter­bor­oughto­ @Et­stephenb

A MAN who pre­tended to be a bar­ris­ter to de­fraud peo­ple out of thou­sands of pounds has been jailed.

Mar­i­ous Pimm was locked up for one year at Peter­bor­ough Crown Court yes­ter­day af­ter a jury con­victed him of two counts of fraud fol­low­ing a trial last month.

Dur­ing the trial the court heard how Pimm (42), of Cres­cent Road, Whit­tle­sey, had been work­ing with An­drew Hol­lioake af­ter the plumber was de­clared bank­rupt.

But when Pimm went to see Mr Hol­lioake’s mother Irene, he said he needed money to pay off cred­i­tors or her son would lose his home.

He took two cheques worth £2,000 each and put the money into his own ac­count but Mrs Hol­lioake claimed she thought it Jailed: Mar­i­ous Pimm, who was found guilty of fraud. was go­ing to be paid into a dif­fer­ent ac­count to pay off her son’s debts.

The court also heard how Pimm falsely claimed he was a bar­ris­ter when talk­ing to Carol Bed­ford, help­ing her sis­ter with di­vorce pro­ceed­ings and say­ing he could help Mrs Bed­ford with chas­ing up a debt, get­ting paid a to­tal of £1,343.75.

Michael Magee, prose­cut­ing, said the case could un­der­mine peo­ple’s con­fi­dence in the jus­tice sys­tem.

The court was also told Pimm, who pleaded not guilty to the two charges, main­tained his in­no­cence and is plan­ning to ap­peal against the ver­dict.

Lawrence Bruce, de­fend­ing Pimm, said: “His rep­u­ta­tion in the com­mu­nity is in tat­ters.

“The em­bar­rass­ment and hu­mil­i­a­tion he feels is a very sig­nif­i­cant pun­ish­ment in it­self. He has al­ready been crushed by this in terms of sta­tus and in terms of con­fi­dence. If he is sent to prison he will be crushed fur­ther.”

Mr Bruce added Pimm would lose his home if he was sent to prison.

Judge Nic Madge, sen­tenc­ing, said: “The public are en­ti­tled to place to­tal con­fi­dence in peo­ple who claim to be qual­i­fied lawyers.”

He said the money taken in the fraud was a sig­nif­i­cant sum to those in­volved.

Mr Bruce said Pimm was pre­pared to pay com­pen­sa­tion to the vic­tims, but Judge Madge said a Pro­ceeds of Crime Ap­pli­ca­tion had been lodged and he was un­able to make a com­pen­sa­tion or­der at yes­ter­day’s hear­ing.

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