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Horse Conman Jailed For Two Years

August 5, 2013

FoxConman, Joseph Fox who targeted horse owners over the past four  years, has been jailed for two years.

The 29 year old from Sedgehill, nr. Shaftsbury, Dorset was sentenced at Winchester Crown Court on 26th July, pleading guilty to 22 counts of fraud totally £40,000 of illegal income. Along with the two year sentence, Mr.Fox has been banned from being a company director for the next five years.

The prosecution said he had “presented himself as a successful businessman who ran a large number of companies”, but these “in fact had little or no value”.

During an 18-month period starting in 2010, he said Fox “promised to deliver services that never appeared and cheques that bounced”.

Advertising via prominent horse related websites, Mr.Fox sold services including construction of manages which were promised but never delivered. The buyers reported not only not receiving the work but also no refunds were given.

Customers were also duped out of thousands of pounds by signing up for muck removal agreements. Customers paid for skips to be delivered which never materialised but were relieved of up to £600.

Fox, who was previously convicted and imprisoned in 2009, was defended by his defence team who said Fox “was not a man who set out at the onset of his career to con people and make money. He is just a hopeless businessman and a hopeless optimist.”

But Judge Cutler said he was “living a life of dishonesty”.

He added: “Other people have lost so much as a result of your actions. These offences undermine the sense of trust in the business community. Members of the public deserve to be protected from you.”

DS John Armstrong of Wiltshire Police said of the case: “There was no honesty at all in his business plan. I hope this is a lesson to him and to us all — if it seems too good to be true it probably is.”

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