Credit fraudster won £ 19,000 but only has to pay back £ 1,000
A LOAN scammer will have to pay back a fraction of what he earned from the £ 200,000 scam.
Daniel robertson, 30, made dozens of fraudulent loan applications to banks and building societies over two and a half years.
The man from Swindon has asked for £ 200,000 in bank loans, although only a quarter of that – £ 52,000 – has been paid.
It was imprisoned four years and a month in 2019.
Yesterday at a hearing at Swindon Crown Court, Judge Jason Taylor QC ruled that Robertson profited from the £ 19,200 scam.
However, he only has to pay back £ 1,000 under the proceeds of crime rules. The sum must be paid within three months or he will serve an additional month behind bars.
Last year, the court heard that Robertson had filed claims on his behalf and on behalf of others.
He stole the identities of other people, forged documents and made claims under false names – including “Daniel A *** hole”.
He enlisted family and friends, who let him use their bank accounts to launder money, open accounts in their name, or put their names on fraudulent loan applications.
It was said that only £ 15,000 went to his name, although Judge Taylor said when he sentenced Robertson in 2019 he had no doubts the man won more. The fraud was discovered when a loan company raised concerns in June 2017.
He had already been convicted in 2015 for almost identical offenses. He continued to make fraudulent loan applications even after being questioned by the police.
Five others were convicted of their participation in the scam. In November, the court ruled that four women involved had earned £ 16,200 from the scam. Three were ordered to pay back a face sum of £ 10 while the fourth, Robertson’s ex-partner Holly Ayres, was ordered to pay back £ 1,000.