Fraudster who stole building equipment from Northampton companies jailed for three-and-a-half years

James Blakesley, aged 37, has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to 26 fraud offences
James Blakesley, aged 37, has been jailed after he pleaded guilty to 26 fraud offences
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A fraudster who stole £27,000 from a number of building companies and members of the public, after he sold hired machinery and took deposits without completing any work, has been jailed for three-and-a-half years.

James Blakesley, aged 37, appeared at Northampton Crown Court after he admitted 26 charges of fraud carried out over the past two years.

The court heard that Blakesley used his contacts in the building industry to steal thousands of pounds.

Jonathan Dunne prosecuting, said Blakesley hired items such and diggers and electrical tools and then sold them.

Blakesley also persuaded members of the public he was a landlord and took deposits without providing any accommodation.

The court heard he also took money for items advertised on eBay that he never delivered.

Mr Dunne said Blakesley had also attempted to steal £50,000 from building companies including Travis Perkins in Northampton after he placed an order for more equipment using a false name.

Recorder Adrian Jack said Blakesley’s crimes had shown a “certain degree of sophistication” and had been committed over a long period of time with a large number of victims.

Recorder Jack said stealing the rental deposits was a “particularly mean” offence.

Blakesley was sentenced to three-and-a-half years in jail. He must also pay the court charge of £900.