A 53-year-old man who conned at least ten people out of more than £100,000 has been sentenced to seven years in prison.
Keith Atkin, of Nether Street Harby in Melton Mowbray, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today (Thursday 15 November 2018) following a 12-day trial which started on the 29 October.
He was arrested in September 2016 and an investigation uncovered that Atkin had been committing fraud since around February 2014. He’d done this by pretending to be operating as a travel or investment company, he’d get people to part with the money but the goods would never materialise.
One victim paid £74,550 to Atkin as part of an investment scheme. The rest of the money he gained by selling fake holidays to Lanzarote, Dubai, the Maldives and Monaco.
He even used one victim’s account to try and get finance for a brand new Mercedes and stole £1855 from another victim’s bank account.
He pleaded not guilty to nine counts of fraud by false representation but was convicted by the jury. He also pleaded guilty to being undischarged bankrupt at the start of the trial for which he was disqualified from being a director for 10 years.
Detective Constable Chris Underwood said: “Atkin embarked on an elaborate set of lies in an attempt to avoid the fact that he tricked an elderly gentleman out of his pension, ruined the honeymoon of a newlywed couple, a surprise birthday holiday of a lifetime and numerous other people’s holidays. It’s had a huge impact on his victim’s, one man who thought he was booking a special birthday holiday for his wife, lost his job, pension and benefits. Atkin’s acts of dishonesty have changed his life forever. He only committed these crimes out of greed to fund his lavish life style of fast cars and luxury items. We hope the victim’s feel reassured that despite denying the offences, he has now been held to account by the courts and will be forced to think about his actions from behind bars.