Fraudster fugitive garage owner jailed

Published:  09 July, 2020

A bogus Sussex garage owner who was also a serial fraudster targeting women via dating websites and then conning them out of thousands of pounds, has been jailed for 10 years. 

Gary Rogers, who also went by the name Richard Robinson, as well as other aliases, took advantage of the trust of the women he met, promising that he would marry them and buy a home together. He then took their money from them as he entangled them in his twisted web of sham businesses.

The 64-year-old said he ran a number of businesses, including South Coast Jags based in Angmering, West Sussex. What he actually did was strip cars for parts, and string the owners on about family emergencies when he could not return the vehicles.

He was sentenced at Hove Crown Court for his crimes, which included two counts of fraud against women as well as motor vehicle theft, witness intimidation, and two assaults. The court was told he defrauded one woman out of £111,000 and the other of more than £100,000.

Speaking to The Argus, Detective Constable Noel Simmonds said: “Richard Robinson or Gary Rogers is a practiced conman and abuser who carefully groomed and isolated his victims over several months.”

This was not the first time he had gotten in trouble, as in 2013 He was convicted of four romance frauds in North Wales.

Then, when on bail in relation to the offences in Sussex, he went on the run. He even escaped the clutches of police in Wiltshire, after managing to persuade them that he was not a fugitive.

He was later arrested, after having been connected to two garages and a  to a phoney financial services company.

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