Leeds businessman conned women out of £62k on dating website

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A former Leeds businessman who used dating websites to ‘target women for sex and money’ and conned customers out of thousands of pounds has been handed a 44-month jail sentence.

Jonathan Guy Brudenell, 44, formerly of Lammas Court, Scarcroft, is already serving a five-year prison sentence for fraud, and was ordered to serve the additional sentence at Teesside Crown Court on Thursday.

The court heard Brudenell deceived four women he met through a dating website into handing over a total of £62,885 between 2010 and 2013.

He was also charged with fraudulent trading after misleading clients of HR Development (Leeds) Ltd, and using payments to finance his lifestyle and service debt.

Brudenell also conned two men into handing over £17,000 by making false investment claims.

Detective inspector Ian Wills, head of North Yorkshire Police’s Financial Investigation Unit, said: “Brudenell is a predatory fraudster who views every encounter and meeting as an opportunity to commit fraud. He has targeted people indiscriminately for many years.

“The evidence revealed that he regularly lied to family, friends and business associates.

“Between 2009 and 2013, he was a prolific user of a dating websites where he targeted women for sex and money.

“His offending continued up to the very morning he was imprisoned in June 2013.”

He added:“The tactics Brudenell used to delay repayment were callous, claiming to some that his girlfriend had cancer and latterly that he himself had bowel cancer.”

Brudenell was charged with 21 offences, and pleaded guilty to 11 of them. He will serve the 44-month sentence consecutively from the day his previous sentence ends.

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