CRUEL CONMAN JAILED AT LAST
He spent £220k of besotted woman’s savings
A skilled conman who swindled a woman out of £220,000 has finally been jailed.
His victim thought she had met “the love of her dreams” when she was swept off her feet by Craig Brown, who claimed to be an ex-soldier working for the Secret Service.
But within a year of meeting, he had defrauded the woman of £220,000 and spent the money on gambling at BetFred and “living the high life”, a court in England was told.
When the woman realised how cruelly Brown (41), from Uphall, had cheated her, she called the police.
But he pretended to take an overdose in a fake suicide bid then fled to Spain and spent over four years evading justice.
It was only when he returned to the UK with a new Spanish girlfriend that he was arrested. The fraud took place while Brown was living in England and last Friday at Gloucester Crown Court he pled guilty via video link from prison to eight offences of fraud and one of theft.
The offences took place between April and November 2012.
Jailing Brown for four-and-a-half years, the judge, Recorder Paul Grumbar, told him: “She has described how she fell under your spell and how you charmed her in almost every respect.
“She clearly fell in love with you and you abused that position almost from the word go.
“Her self-esteem destroyed, she has been humiliated. The huge sum of money which was the accumulated efforts of her