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Tuesday, 02 September 2014

Conman in court

A CONMAN who failed to turn up to be sentenced in Arbroath in 2008 will return to court next month to account for the last five years.

Gary Feeney, 44, of Moss Place, Newcastleton previously admitted that between June and December 2006 he placed adverts on an internet website called Sound on Sound under false names and induced others to pay money to him for items he failed to send, thereby obtaining £2,570.

He also admitted that between November 15 and December 8 2006 he pretended to a member of staff at Digital Village in Romford that he was a representative of Angus College and ordered audio equipment worth £3,414 which he never paid for.

He further admitted that on January 4, 2007 he pretended to the same Digital Village employee to work for Dundee College and ordered, but did not pay for, equipment valued at £1,494.

He was due to be sentenced in August 2008 and had been told to save the £7,478 in money and equipment he had obtained by fraud but he failed to appear.

Depute fiscal Hazel Anderson said her information was that Feeney had assumed a number of pseudonyms to evade police.

Defence agent Nick Wheelan claimed Feeney’s former partner had deliberately provided police with false information.

The case was postponed to February 26.

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