Fraudster’s jail term extended

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A CROOK, who once faxed his way out of prison, has been given an additional five months inside after failing to pay £9,000 of his criminal assets.

Serial fraudster David Aves was jailed for four and a half years in November 2009 after he admitted nine charges of theft, 10 of fraud and one of perverting the course of justice.

Aves, 52, of Freewood Street, Bradfield St George, had sold personalised numberplates that did not exist, defrauded farmers of thousands of pounds on deals on farm equipment and even targeted a widow.

He had set up three companies – one of them, Trotter Independent Trading, had the same name as the firm in Only Fools and Horses. And this was all after being banned from running a company for 12 years by a court in 1998.

Financial investigators calculated that he had pocketed more than £163,000 from his crimes but had only £9,000 of assets left. He was ordered by a judge in July last year to pay the £9,000 under the Proceeds of Crime Act, by selling vehicles which he still owned.

On Friday, he appeared before magistrates in Dover after he failed to pay that money by a January deadline. He was given a further five months in prison.

Police say Aves had been due to be released from Norwich Prison in August but will now serve the longer term – and will still have to pay the £9,000 when he is eventually released.

Det Con Julie Bartlett, financial investigator, said: “We are very pleased with the result. He is a prolific offender. We said enough is enough, he had got to serve the additional sentence. It is the only way to stop him offending.

“When he does come out he will still owe £9,000 and we will pursue him for that.”

Aves hit the headlines in 1999 when he was released from Norwich Prison after he faxed his own forged release papers.