Fraudster David Aves admits more scams

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A notorious fraudster who has spent most of his life in prison has admitted more scams.

David Aves, 55, of Freewood Street, Bradfield St George, admitted three offences of fraud by false representation at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday.

The court heard how Aves managed to collect more than £16,000 from members of the farming community by selling a combine harvester and a tractor which he did not own.

The offences were committed between October and December 2012. The combine harvester was ‘sold’ to two separate farmers.

Appearing with Aves was Anne Mason, 54, of Nottingham, who admitted money laundering by allowing Aves to use her bank account to process payments from his scams.

Both were granted bail until they return to court to be sentenced next month. They were due to stand trial at Ipswich Crown Court this week but changed their pleas to guilty before a jury was sworn in.

Aves has a history of fraud offences, many involving farmers being persuaded to part with cash for non existent machinery and spares. He has more than 150 convictions for fraud since 1976.