Stolen car con artist discharged

A CON-ARTIST who sold two stolen cars to an unsuspecting Skegness motor trader has been given an 18-month conditional discharge after staying out of trouble for six months.

Judge Michael Heath deferred sentence on 29-year-old Leicester man Daniel Stokes in January after he admitted selling the vehicles to Skegness car dealer James Thompson

Lincoln Crown Court was last week told Stokes used bounced cheques to buy them from their owners and then gave a false name during the transactions at Allcars in Skegness where Mr Thompson had no clue that they were stolen.

The court heard Stokes was paid £1,000 in cash together with another vehicle in part exchange after selling Mr Thompson a car which he had spotted on the Autotrader website.

Stokes collected the car after agreeing a sale of over £3,000 with the owner but he knew his cheque would not be honoured.

The fraud was repeated when Stokes sold Mr Thompson another car which he had obtained with a dishonoured cheque after agreeing a fee of £6,800 with the owner.

This time Stokes was paid £2,800 by Mr Thompson with another vehicle in part exchange.

When Stokes was arrested by police at his home in Leicester he admitted knowing the cheques for the cars would not be honoured.

Stokes had previously been sentenced to 16 months imprisonment at Chichester Crown Court for similar offences around the same time as the frauds in Skegness.

But Judge Heath agreed to give Stokes time to prove he was going straight after being told he had started a number of businesses since his release from prison.

Stokes, of Frolesworth Road, Broughton Astley, Leicester, admitted three charges of fraud by false representation between October 2009 and January 2010.