Fraudster admits £16,000 of farm machinery scams

A criminal who targeted farmers in bogus machinery deals worth thousands of pounds has pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud by false representation.

David Aves, 55, of Freewood Street, Bradfield St George, Suffolk, appeared at Ipswich Crown Court on Monday 24 February.

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Mr Aves, pleaded guilty to three offences of fraud by false representation.

The court heard how Mr Aves managed to collect more than £16,000 from farmers by selling a combine harvester and a tractor that he did not own.

The combine harvester was also “sold” to two separate farmers. The offences were committed between October and December 2012.

Appearing in court with Mr Aves was Anne Mason, 54, of Nottingham, who pleaded guilty to money laundering. Ms Mason had allowed Mr Aves to use her bank account to process payments from his scams.

Both have been granted bail until they return to court to be sentenced in March.

Mr Aves has a long history of fraud offences, many involving farmers being persuaded to part with cash for nonexistent machinery and spares. He has accumulated more than 150 convictions for fraud since 1976. Previously, notices have been posted in farming publications warning not to do business with Mr Aves because of his history of fraud.

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