Fraudster tricked man out of £1,950 for fake goods

A TRUSTING fraud victim was sent on a ‘wild goose chase’ for a video camera he had bought on eBay which didn’t exist.

Fraudster Shahed Nadat was spared jail last Wednesday after Leeds Crown Court heard how he tricked David Smith into buying the electronic goods.

Nadat, of Chinewood Avenue, Batley, was found guilty of fraud by false representation on November 15 after a two-day trial.

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Jurors heard how he posted the video camera for auction, which was won by Mr Smith for the price of £1,950. Nadat then sent Mr Smith to Taunton in Somerset to collect the equipment, which wasn’t there.

Mr Smith told the court the trip had cost him £60 in petrol.

Mitigating, Richard Wright said: “It seems this was an isolated incident in a moment of financial desperation when he had lost his employment and was in the process of losing his house.”

Nadat, 33, was sentenced to four weeks in prison, suspended for 12 months. He must complete 100 hours of unpaid work with supervision and must pay Mr Smith compensation of £2,010 for the video recorder and travel expenses.

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Sentencing Nadat, Recorder Euan Duff said: “You have demonstrated not a jot of remorse for what was some very significant planning to send this chap on a complete wild goose chase.

“The victim was hit extremely hard by what happened. It had an extreme affect upon him and no doubt continues to do so.”

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