‘Predatory fraudster’ jailed for a further 44 months

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A “predatory fraudster” who is currently serving a five year prison sentence has been jailed for a further 44 months for conning his victims out of thousands of pounds.

Jonathan Guy Brudenell, 44, formerly of Nawton, near Helmsley, appeared at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday where he was told that the sentence for his latest frauds will run consecutively from the day his current jail term ends.

The court also imposed a ten-year Financial Reporting Order which means he must report his financial position to North Yorkshire Police on a regular basis for the next ten years.

Failure to do so will result in a breach of the order and send Brudenell back before the court.

Brudenell was charged earlier this year with 21 offences committed between 2009 and 2013 - pleading guilty to 11 of the offences with the remaining allowed to lie on file.

He pleaded guilty to:

* fraud against the Insolvency Service by falsely claiming that work was paid for by his girlfriend to renovate a property at Runswick Bay, thereby giving her a fraudulent beneficial interest ahead of his creditors.

* deceiving four women he met through a dating website into handing over a total of £62,885 between 2010 and 2013.

* making a fake email for use in fraud.

* conning two men into handing over £17,000 by making false investment claims.

* misleading clients of HR Development (Leeds) Ltd, giving them a false name and misapplying payments in order to finance his lifestyle and service debt.

* creating and managing a company without leave of the court, as an un-discharged bankrupt.

Detective Inspector Ian Wills who heads North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said: “Brudenell is a predatory fraudster who views every encounter and meeting as an opportunity to commit fraud. He has targeted people indiscriminately for many years.

“The evidence revealed that he regularly lied to family, friends and business associates about his need for funds and how they were to be applied. Between 2009 and 2013, he was a prolific user of a dating websites where he targeted women for sex and money.

He added: “The tactics Brudenell used to delay repayment were callous, claiming to some that his girlfriend had cancer and latterly that he himself had bowel cancer.

“As in the previous case, he was also forging emails to encourage investment or delay repayment – all whilst on bail for similar matters. The sentence today should send a clear message to those who seek to deceive others.”