A father has been jailed for a second time for faking his son’s illness to scam people.
Neil Jackson would either tell people that his son was seriously ill or that he had died of cancer to get sympathy and scam people thousands of pounds.
In the most recent event, as reported by Metro UK he defrauded £13,000 out of potential tenants when he posed as a landlord on Gumtree.
He took large deposits from nine people ranging from £1,000 to £2,700. Then he would repeatedly cancel move-in dates telling people about his son’s fight with cancer.
His actions left one couple homeless and another forced to live in a caravan. Another had to borrow money from her friends and sell her possessions.
It was the second time he used his son to commit fraud – in 2012 he was jailed for conning colleagues at Tesco out of more than £60,000 saying he had cancer and his son had cerebral palsy. He spent the money on holidays in Las Vegas and Hawaii.
He is now serving a two-year prison sentence for his latest con.
Prosecutor Andrew Kendall said: ‘He told his victims to secure the property he’d need a £1,400 deposit.
‘He gave them a date when they could move in and asked for their details to register them.
‘But he would then come up with excuse after excuse why they couldn’t move in and pushed back the move-in date.
‘He said he couldn’t drop off the keys to Cardiff because his son had fallen ill in Plymouth.
‘He’d say things like he blamed nurses for not stitching his son back properly and even told one victim his son had died.’
Mr Kendall said Jackson was eventually rumbled when some victims researched his name online and found news reports relating to previous convictions for fraud.
Jackson, of Penylan, Cardiff, pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraud and taking a total of £12,840 from his victims.
David Pinnell, defending, said Jackson was ‘genuinely remorseful’ and used the money to pay off debts to inmates who protected him in prison.
Mr Pinnell said: ‘He says he did not benefit from these offences and the money he received was passed on.’
But the judge, Recorder of Cardiff Eleri Rees told Jackson: ‘You have to understand given your track record for elaborate lies the court finds it hard to take what you’re saying at face value.
‘Some of the victims were in precarious financial situations so the impact on them has been very serious. Others ended up living in a caravan.’
He was handed a six-year prison sentence in 2012 for his cancer lies.
Tesco store manager Jackson tricked workmates for three years by claiming he had cancer and his son Zac had cerebral palsy.
Supermarket workers handed him cheques and wads of cash to pay for private treatment.
But there was nothing wrong with Jackson’s health – and that Zac was a healthy child with no sign of a brain disorder.
The court heard gambling addict Jackson was in debt but also used the money to pay for a holiday in Las Vegas and another in Hawaii.
Jailing him at the time Judge David Morris told him: ‘By blatant deception and utter lies you elicited sympathy for your supposed medical condition.
‘Your deceit was profound and despicable and it was a repeated campaign against people who you knew to be vulnerable because of their generosity of spirit.’
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