A serial fraudster from Sussex tricked people out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Gary Robinson, also known as Gary Roberts, Richardson, and Jones, pictured right, appeared at Chichester Crown Court where he admitted 14 counts of fraud.

He also had a further 14 similar offences, to the value of £387,000, taken into consideration.

The 56-year-old was jailed for four-and-a-half years and ordered to pay back £356,000.

The court was told that between 2007 and 2009 Robinson, who had numerous addresses including in Arundel and Chichester, defrauded several banks by using multiple false identities to obtain loans which were never repaid.

He failed to appear at court when charged in 2011, but was finally arrested by North Wales Police this month.

'Systematic thief'

Detective Constable James Whiley said: “Robinson has been working in the motor engineering industry for some years, using business and personal bank accounts to take out loans, account overdrafts, cheque books and credit cards, drawing bankers’ drafts for thousands of pounds and even a mortgage for a boat.

“Banks were deceived into believing he was a genuine new customer each time and as a result he was provided with financial services.

“His lifestyle was supplemented by using accounts in different identities to obtain luxury items such as yachts. He obtained some £350,000 by this means.

“This man is a systematic thief. We warn institutions and individuals about the dangers of being taken in by people who provide no real evidence of their background and ambitions.”

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