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Eye man jailed after preying on vulnerable people during fraud and theft offences

A man has been described as ‘ruthless and scheming’ after preying on vulnerable people while fraudulently pocketing £13,000.

Ronald Bailey, of Eye, de-frauded many people out of money on the promise of car repairs, and convinced vulnerable people to loan him money. He was jailed for 26 months on Thursday after pleading guilty to 11 offences at Ipswich Crown Court.

Bailey’s offences between November 2018 and November 2019, included making false representation to a female victim claiming he needed £2,500 in respect of a car loan, fraudulently claiming to replace the car battery of the same victim, four cases of theft of vehicles and two cases of fraudulently gaining £2,500 and £4,500 from two victims, respectively.

Ronald Bailey.
Ronald Bailey.

There was also a further case of fraud by false representation claiming he had the authority to sell the car of a victim, a case of false representation claiming he would undertake restoration work on a car and another fraud by false representation where Bailey claimed to repair faulty car locks.

Sgt Dan Peck said: “Bailey’s ruthless and scheming character saw him exploit the vulnerable for his own financial gains and showed no remorse for his actions. I estimate he fraudulently gained around £13,000 through his deception. He will now have plenty of time to reflect on his mercenary activities during his jail sentence in the coming months ahead.”

The 72-year-old, of Cranley Road, was found not guilty of two other offences – one in February 2017 for fraud and another case of fraud in late 2019. Half the sentence will be served in prison with the other half on licence.

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