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Internet thief jailed for 12 months over £10k con

An internet thief who duped his victims of more than £10,000 has been jailed. Andrew Bondswell, 47, of Tynedale Close in Macclesfield was sentenced to 12 months at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to four counts of theft

An internet thief who duped his victims of more than £10,000 has been jailed.

Andrew Bondswell, 47, of Tynedale Close in Macclesfield was sentenced to 12 months at Chester Crown Court after pleading guilty to four counts of theft.

Bondswell's deceit came to the attention of Cheshire Police when three people from across the UK contacted them in March 2010.

The victims - from Lanarkshire, Birmingham and Lincolnshire - each reported that they had ordered gaming goods via a website but had received nothing.

Cheshire Police's Economic Crime Unit mounted a complex financial investigation into the exploits of Bondswell and discovered he had taken more than £10,000 from his victims and spent it.

In December 2010 detectives arrested Bondswell at his home address in Macclesfield.

DC Raoul Charlett said: "The Economic Crime Unit will robustly pursue individuals operating in the county who intend to defraud or steal from businesses or members of the public. Anybody engaged in these types of activities can expect a visit from us.

"While the internet is a valuable tool for buying and selling, it does have its pitfalls.

"By checking the rating of the seller and that they have clear privacy and returns policies, use secure methods of payments, and have a physical address and contact details you can help protect yourself.

"Most importantly, if an offer sounds too good to be true, it probably is."

 

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