Conman is jailed after defrauding Plenty of Fish dates out of thousands of ...

A serial conman who scammed women on dating websites to fund his gambling and cocaine addictions has been jailed for 18 months. 

Matthew Burton, 38, of Evesham, Worcestershire, who worked for a Ford car dealership, told the two women he dated that he could get cheap vehicles for them.

But after they handed over cash to pay for the cars he just frittered it away on his vices and they never saw their money again.

Burton pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud and one of a £3,000-theft from his employer, PJ Nicholls of Evesham.

Matthew Burton, 38 (pictured), of Evesham, Worcestershire, who worked for a Ford car dealership, told the two women he dated that he could get cheap vehicles for them

Matthew Burton, 38 (pictured), of Evesham, Worcestershire, who worked for a Ford car dealership, told the two women he dated that he could get cheap vehicles for them

The court was told that between August 17 and October 6, 2016, he met Sara Lee on the dating website Plenty of Fish and got to know her. After a short time she told him she was looking for a new car.

Prosecutor Lucy Taylor said: 'As Burton worked in the motor trade industry he found a suitable car for her, a VW Golf, and sent her the online details. He told her he could get it for £500 if she wanted it.

'Ms Lee borrowed the money and handed it over to Burton. She also topped up his phone by £30.

'But after a period of a couple of weeks there was no sign of the vehicle. He made various excuses. She said in a victim statement that it was money she couldn't afford to lose.'

Burton's next offence was to offer a non-existent pool table for sale online between December 12, 2016, and the end of January 2017.

A man who responded to the ad paid Burton £150 - but there was never a pool table for sale and over the next few weeks the victim heard no more and he lost his money, said the prosecutor.

Burton pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud and one of a £3,000-theft from his employer, PJ Nicholls of Evesham (pictured)

Burton pleaded guilty to six charges of fraud and one of a £3,000-theft from his employer, PJ Nicholls of Evesham (pictured)

She went on: 'The third offence was when the defendant suggested to an old school friend, Neil Rogers, that he could get an iPhone for him for £165 plus £5 delivery costs. Burton said that he had a contact in a phone shop who wanted to sell some old stock.

'Mr Rogers paid the £170 to Burton but he never received the phone and all contact with Burton was lost.

'Mr Rogers said that it had been a futile friendship and added in a victim statement that £170 may not seem a lot of money, but to him it was fortune.

'The next occasion involved another advert

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