Sebastian Astbury posed as an MI5 agent, banker, Lord, Royal Navy officer, property developer, shipping tycoon and winemaker to defraud victims.

The fantasy – who already has 66 convictions for fraud – cheated on his latest prey just months after being released from prison for a previous scam.

Astbury set up New Forest Landscape and Design before scamming £3,000 from David Russell last July.

After taking the money up front ‘for materials’, Astbury, real name Andrew Penfold but also known as Zac Langley, disappeared and ignored calls from his ‘client’, the report said. Bournemouth Crown Court.

While the 44-year-old was jailed for two-and-a-half years for fraud and breaching a serious crime prevention order, Mr Russell said: ‘I really can’t understand how Astbury can continually defraud people when he is known to the police and must surely know that he will be caught.”

“What drives him to do this?” Prison food? »

One of Astbury’s previous victims was a woman he met on a dating site.

She and her mother handed over £100,000 after he posed as a Royal Marine officer.

Neil Hinton, subduing, described his client as a “charismatic and persuasive” man who gets “carried away” by compulsive spending.

Astbury, who admitted the fraud charge, was also ordered to pay £1,500 compensation to Mr Russell.

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This notice was published: 2022-07-29 23:01:00