Leeds fraudster jailed for over three years after college computer con

Andrew Griffin.
Andrew Griffin.
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A clever fraudster made off with thousands of pounds worth of computers by conning companies he was ordering them for colleges and universities.

By the time he was arrested in West Yorkshire in August Andrew John Griffin had got £186,000 worth of IT equipment through his sophisticated scam.

Leeds Crown Court heard when Griffin began his computer con in the Bristol and Somerset areas in 2014 he was already a wanted man having failed to turn up at Oxford Crown Court earlier that year on another fraud when a four year sentence was imposed in his absence. Carmel Pearson prosecuting said while on the run Griffin used his IT expertise to set up websites and e-mail addresses similar to a legitimate company such as British Telecom or a university then posed as one of their employees to order computer equipment on account. He would arrange delivery to an address where he would be waiting.

Miss Pearson told the court in August this year Griffin set up a website purporting to be the Schools Partnership Trust to begin placing orders for delivery in West Yorkshire.

On one occassion £24,240 worth of equipment was delivered to Leeds Trinity University where he was waiting.

Marcus Waite representing him said Griffin once owned a successful computer company employing 15 people but it suffered in the economic downturn in 2008.

Griffin, 46, formerly of Longroyd View, leeds, admitted three charges of fraud and failing to surrender to bail. He was jailed for three-and-a-half years to run consecutively to his current sentence.