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Hard-luck stories earn conman £1k

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 21, 2013

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A CONMAN invented elaborate tales in order to trick women he met over the internet into giving him more than £1,000.

Arvinder Dharan, of Woodman’s Croft, Hatton, duped women into handing over sums of cash after getting them to believe a number of hard-luck stories.

Among Dharan’s tall tales were that he needed cash to pay for his father’s funeral and because his mother’s house was about to be sold from under her.

Derby Crown Court heard Dharan was a serial conman and had served a jail time for false representation.

One of the women handed over £250 to the 39-year-old after falling for the funeral story.

But the web of lies began to unravel when one of the women, who had started living with Dharan, noticed 10 transactions on her credit card which had paid for hotel rooms.

He would provide the women with cheques to cover the amounts, but each time they bounced.

In another con, Dharan said he had put £35 petrol in his car and one of the women gave him a cheque to cover that amount.

He in return gave her a £135 cheque but later said he had mistakenly returned too much money. The woman then gave him £100 before his cheque bounced.

Dharan conned two women out of a total of £1,300.

Judge John Burgess said: “I am not sure you deserve her loyalty.

She didn’t deserve to be treated by you in the way you treated her. You should be thoroughly ashamed of yourself and I hope you are.

“You are a conman and have acted as a conman repeatedly over the last year or so. You are cheating a woman who obviously holds you in great affection.”

Dharan admitted 12 counts of false representation and must repay £135 compensation to his first victim.

He avoided a prison sentence but was ordered to do 180 hours of unpaid work and got a 10-month prison sentence, suspended for two years.

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