Notorious fraudster back behind bars

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A notorious fraudster who has spent most of his adult life in prison is back behind bars.

David Aves, 54, of Freewood Street, Bradfield St George, was jailed for 13 months at Ipswich Crown Court on Wednesday.

He has served a string of previous prison sentences after being convicted of more than 150 fraud offences since 1976.

Aves’ latest fraud involved three vehicles which he sold to a businessman despite not owning them and which he was then unable to deliver.

The offence of fraud by false representation to which Aves had pleaded guilty was committed just days after he was released from prison.

The court heard from prosecutor Peter Gair how Aves had been paid £9,000 for a Kubota mini excavator owned by Aspen Plant Hire at Mildenhall and a Mercedes van and a JCB farm loader from a site at Timworth in October.

Mr Gair said Aves had agreed to buy the vehicles but never handed over any money and was never in possession of them.

The £9,000 price which Aves extracted from his victim was paid into his own bank account which was being monitored by police and led to his arrest.

The victim has not received any of his money back.

Katharine Moore, in mitigation, said Aves had recently suffered the death of his mother and had himself been diagnosed with a serious medical condition which had left him ‘veryconcerned’.

Miss Moore said that Aves offending, using his own bank account, had lacked any great degree of sophistication. She said: “There was an inevitability that he would be detected.”

Referring to Aves’ medical condition, Judge John Devaux said: “It may be that you will be shocked into ceasing to offend but that remains to be seen.”