A MAN has been jailed after 14 victims were defrauded out of over £6,000.
Marc Szreder, 27, of Hawksley St, Horwich, Bolton pleaded guilty to 14 counts of fraud by false representation and one count of theft at an earlier hearing.
Today, Tuesday 10 June 2014, Szreder was sentenced to 18 months at Bolton Crown Court.
Operating as a supposed used car dealer, between May 2012 and January 2013, Szreder placed a number of online adverts the Gumtree and Autotrader websites, claiming he was selling cars.
When prospective customers responded to the ads, he convinced them to put deposits down so the cars would be held. Money was then transferred to Szreder’s bank account.
In total, 14 people were defrauded out of £6,330. They reported their losses to police and an investigation was launched.
Detective Constable Andy Devonshire said: “Each of the victims transferred around £500 to Szreder, believing they were placing deposits on the cars they wanted. Little did they know Szreder had no intention of selling them a vehicle. Instead he duped them into parting with their money, then cut off contact completely.
“Thankfully, those affected contacted police straight away and we were able to trace the funds back to Szreder. He is now serving a custodial sentence appropriate to his criminal activity.”