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Bromley fraudster has prison sentence increased

PUBLISHED: 14:45 26 June 2014

The victim took this picture of fraudster Stephen Ross.

The victim took this picture of fraudster Stephen Ross.

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A convicted fraudster's prison sentence has been increased after another victim came forward.

Stephen Ross, 53, of Drake Mews, Bromley, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud at Croydon Crown Court on June 17 and was sentenced to a further six months imprisonment to run consequtively with a five year prison term he is already serving.

Ross previously pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud on November 2, after fleecing a couple out of their life savings.

After he was jailed a 66-year-old man, who saw media coverage and recognised Ross, realised he had been conned.

Ross had befriended the victim, who was suffering from prostate cancer at the time, in 2010 and lied that he had lost his leg due to cancer as well.

Ross told a series of lies and the victim lost a total of £9, 876 to him.

Det Const John Farthing said: “Ross is a confidence trickster and convincing storyteller who has left his victims financially out of pocket and feeling both defenceless and upset.

“Ross shamelessly used his disability to lower his victim’s defences and people put their trust in him and handed over money that they couldn’t afford to lose. Ross’s modus operandi varies only in the variety of lies he uses to support his own legend when stealing from vulnerable and elderly victims.”

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