Scam­mer given three years after tak­ing thou­sands from vic­tims be­fore van­ish­ing

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David Meikle A no­to­ri­ous fraud­ster dubbed King Con after scam­ming thou­sands from un­sus­pect­ing vic­tims has been jailed.

Alexan­der Clark, 54, ripped off cus­tomers after promis­ing to com­plete more than £16,000 worth of build­ing work on peo­ple’s homes.

The se­rial swindler took or­ders for con­struc­tion work in La­nark­shire and Glas­gow but then van­ished, leav­ing fu­ri­ous home­own­ers out of pocket.

Cow­boy builder Clark, who has a string of con­vic­tions for dis­hon­esty and fraud, conned one cou­ple out of their life sav­ings after promis­ing to ren­o­vate their home.

He told John Ten­nant, 65, and Su­san Strain, 67, he would build a porch and com­plete gut­ter­ing work at their home in Hamil­ton in 2016. But after tak­ing £10,000, he dis­ap­peared. They called in po­lice and Clark was ar­rested.

It later emerged he had conned other cus­tomers in Glas­gow and Les­ma­hagow out of £6666 for shoddy work.

Clark, of Be l l sh i l l , La­nark­shire, who is al­ready serv­ing a 27-month sen­tence for fraud of­fences, ap­peared from cus­tody at Air­drie Sher­iff Court.

He was jailed for three years by Sher­iff Morag Shank­land, who branded him a “thor­oughly dis­hon­est man”.

The court was told Clark – who posed as A l i s t a i r Camp­bel l – was op­er­at­ing un­der the com­pany name All Trades when he f leeced his vic­tims.

Prose­cu­tor Agnes Meek told how John and Su­san had fallen vic­tim to the ruth­less rogue.

She said: “It was clear the work was not up to stan­dard and he in­di­cated he had an­other job to do.

“He failed to at­tend and would give many ex­cuses be­fore stop­ping all con­tact.

“As a re­sult of the poorqual­ity work, four ceil­ings col­lapsed.”

The court also heard how Clark ripped off Colin Gal­lagher, of Les­ma­hagow, in 2017.

Meek added: “He met with an Alis­tair Camp­bell of All Trades, who he later iden­ti­fied as the ac­cused, and paid £700.

“The ac­cused dropped off two men, who put a few posts in the ground. More money was paid but no work was ever com­pleted.”

Sher­iff Shank­land told Clark: “Your record is ap­palling and the of­fences have caused a great deal of con­cern to the per­sons in­volved as well as the fi­nan­cial loss they have suf­fered.”

The con­man – who has more than 20 crim­i­nal con­vic­tions – has been re­peat­edly ex­posed by the Sun­day Mail since 1991.

Clark’s sen­tence will be­gin when his 27-month term ends in June.

EX­POSED Swindler Clark

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