A man from Wimborne has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after being found guilty of committing 14 counts of fraud online between October 2019 and March 2020.
After admitting 14 charges of fraud by false representation at Bournemouth Crown Court on 18 September 2020, James Lawrence Knight, aged 29, was sentenced to 32 months in prison. He asked for a further 19 offences to be taken into consideration by the Court.
A number of the charges relate to popular online marketplace Gumtree, as well as other online market websites, where he is alleged to have received payment for items he then failed to provide. On other occasions he obtained goods from other sellers on the promise of sending payment later, but then failed to do so.
The total amount Mr Knight gained through his failure to provide purchased items came to £1,380. He also failed to pay for a pocket watch worth £2,300, a Rolex watch worth £1,800 and an antique microphone worth £1,950, along with a number of other items.
Mr Knight was arrested after he was identified to police using passports and other evidence of his identity he had provided to his victims while convincing them to part with money or with goods they were selling. After completing their enquiries into the allegations, he was arrested on 6 May 2020.
Detective Constable Christian Bryant from Dorset Police’s Priority Crime Team, said: “James Knight targeted a large number of victims across the country over a period of several months.
“I am pleased that through our investigation we were able to identify Knight and bring him before the court to face the consequences of his offending.”