Serial fraudster Aves ordered to pay nearly £220k

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David Aves ANL-140319-165939001

Serial fraudster David Aves has been ordered by a court to hand over nearly £220,000 after targeting the farming community for almost 40 years.

The figure was increased on Thursday from the original £188,788 after Ipswich Crown Court heard that the value of the estate of Aves’ mother had been valued at more than initially anticipated.

That meant that Aves, 56, of Freewood Street, Bradfield St George, will have to find an additional £25,560 from what he has inherited, prosecutor Jonathan Taylor said.

The confiscation order made last year was also increased to £193,922.

Before the death of Doris Aves, the fraudster had no assets available which could be seized by the courts, said Mr Taylor.

Judge Rupert Overbury gave Aves six months to hand over the full £219,484. Failure to comply with that deadline would result in Aves being jailed for 18 months, said the judge.

Aves, who has served prison terms for a string of fraud offences including selling non-existant farm machinery and personalised registration numbers, gained notoriety in 1995 when he had forged release papers faxed to Norwich Prison allowing him to walk free.

While serving another sentence, Aves ran a fraudulent business trading in second hand farm machinery from his cell.