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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.