Fraudster ordered to pay back thousands
21st December 2018
A CONVICTED fraudster from Tunbridge Wells who conned a woman he met on a dating website, has been ordered to pay thousands in compensation to his victim.
Jaswant Gohil, who was sentenced to three years for fraud in June 2018, but has been told by a hearing on 10 December that he has just three months to pay back the money he took or face an additional prison sentence.
Kent Police made an application at Maidstone Crown Court under the Proceeds of Crime Act to get back some of the £34,000 he benefited from due to his criminal activity.
He was ordered to pay his available assets of £9,043 to the victim or face more jail time.
Gohil, formerly of Victoria Road, Tunbridge Wells was arrested in June 2016 after deceiving his victim into making a number of loans to him, to invest in companies which didn’t exist.
The pair had met after he boasted online that he was an established businessman and single, with a sizeable income and lifestyle to match.
In fact, the 58-year-old was in a compulsive gambler and living with another woman at the time.
He left his victim in debt, without the means to meet loan repayments and when she subsequently challenged him he confessed he was already in another relationship and had no intention of setting up home with her.
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