A man who befriended and then defrauded three women out of a total of £68,000 has been sentenced to eight years imprisonment following an investigation by Sussex Police.
Berry was convicted of fraud by false representation against a 51-year-old Swindon woman, a 36-year-old Southampton woman, and 66-year-old woman from East Preston in West Sussex.
Following a five-year sentence at Truro Crown Court in 2010 for similar offences, Berry, who uses many aliases including John Berry, John Smith, James Smith and John Keady, had been released from prison on licence in September 2012 and went to live in Sea Place, East Preston, in West Sussex.
They gave him amounts of £35,000, £18,000 and £15,000 respectively, and have never seen the money since.
Officers went to his flat in East Preston but although it was clear that the suspect had lived there #8211; as post was in his name, mouldy food, and clothes in the washing machine #8211; Berry had gone.
“Our advice to anyone approached by someone you have recently met and do not really know, and who asks you for money, is always to be very cautious.
“Stop, take your time, think, and check, taking independent advice, whether personal or professional.”