Harrogate eBay Swiss watch fraudster conned Leeds buyers

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A CONVICTED fraudster from Harrogate who ran an eBay scam where victims paid up to £6,000 for Swiss Watches which they never received has been jailed for a further three years.

York Crown Court heard 31-year-old Ali Bakhitary (pictured) was already serving a three-and-a-half-year prison sentence for fraud offences he committed using eBay and Gumtree during 2014.

He was jailed for a further three years after admitting three fraud offences and one charge of concealing criminal property between February and April 2015.

North Yorkshire Police said victims from Leeds, Sheffield and Lincolnshire all transferred their payments into Bakhitary’s account.

However, despite chasing Bakhitary, who posed under different sellers identities each time, the victims never received the goods they had paid for.

Corrina Graham-Merrett of North Yorkshire Police, said: “Ali Bahktiary is a conman who hides behind a shop front, “Items for sale” to carry out his crimes.

“He utilised the internet as a tool to trick people into paying him money. Bakhitary also befriended vulnerable people, gaining their confidence in him, to facilitate the use of their bank accounts to hide his illegal activities.

“Many individuals have sadly fallen victim to his lies and scams, which he repeatedly carried out purely for personal financial gain. He is now where he belongs, behind bars.

“This additional sentence sends out a clear message to fraudsters and those who want to take form innocent people - commit fraud and we will catch you. We will fully investigate all your fraudulent activity and put you before the courts.”