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Fraudster jailed

02 Feb 2017 09:27 AM

Convicted David Kelso [View Full Size]

A 63-year-old Gateshead man has been jailed for 4 years 10 months after being convicted of fraud and theft offences.

David Kelso also known as David Watmuff, of Meresyde in Gateshead was found guilty of the offences on January 25, following a six day trial.

Between January 2015 and 2016 he befriended a North Tyneside woman and stole from her business and took fraudulent loans from her personally, helping himself to a total of £18,000.

He has pleaded guilty to two other matters, of using a false CV to obtain well paid employment and producing fake invoices to make it appear he was performing his role well, when in fact he did not achieve any tangible sales.

He was sentenced for all these crimes at Newcastle Crown Court on Wednesday, February 1.

DC Chris Gent, Northern CID said: "This man deliberately set out to defraud and steal from his victims. He crafted a series of lies and was extremely plausible.

"He managed to deceive business owners and companies into believing his lies and handing over thousands of pounds.

"We hope this sentence serves as a warning to others who contemplate undertaking a fraud under the guise of a legitimate business that they will be caught and made to face the consequences of their actions."

Pictured; convicted David Kelso