Convicted West Suffolk fraudster David Aves has been found guilty of another two offences.
The verdicts returned today (Thursday) by a jury at Ipswich Crown Court mean that Aves, 57, of Freewood Street, Bradfield St George has been convicted of 19 similar offences since February 2010.
The latest case involved Aves offering to supply a tractor to a man in France and being paid a deposit but never completing the deal. In addition, he took delivery of a generator but never paid for or returned it.
Today a jury found Aves guilty of two offences of fraud,committed between October 2013 and March 2014.
After the verdicts were returned, Mr Recorder Ian Evans told Aves that he would continue to be granted bail until he returns to court next month to be sentenced.
Aves, who declined to give evidence in his own defence, had pleaded not guilty to both offences.
The court heard that Andrew Rogers, who runs a bed and breakfast in France, had advertised in a specialist magazine for someone willing to swap his tractor for a smaller model.
Giving evidence via a video link from France, Mr Roger who has Parkinson’s Disease, said he was contacted by Aves who said he could supply a suitable machine as a swap provided an additional £1,500 was paid by Mr Rogers.
Despite handing Aves a £700 deposit, the tractor was never delivered nor the deposit returned.
Mr Rogers said he discovered Aves had previous convictions for dishonesty after looking him up on the internet.
Prosecutor Stephen Mather told the court Aves also purchased an agricultural generator from a company called Engines for Industry but never paid for it.
Aves’ cheque for £3,547 bounced seven times and the company never saw the generator again.
The jury were told Aves has a string of previous convictions for fraud, as well as theft and one for attempting to pervert the course of justice. Many of the offences involved sales of non-existent farm machinery or vehicles that did not belong to Aves.