Bournemouth man admits multiple fraud offences

A Bournemouth man has been handed an 18-month Community Order and a two-year Criminal Behaviour Order after pleading guilty to committing 12 fraud offences.

Peter Spiteri, aged 31, was sentenced on Friday – 5 June 2015 – at Bournemouth Magistrates’ Court for a number of offences related to fraud by false representation.

He pleaded guilty to the 12 offences on Thursday 16 April 2015 at the same court. He also admitted to another ten fraud crimes which were taken into consideration by the court.

The court heard how Spiteri targeted shoppers in the Poole and Bournemouth areas by telling them he had broken down and needed money for petrol to get home.

Despite changing his appearance and using various stories, he was identified by witnesses and charged with a number of offences of fraud by false representation.

The result comes after a year-long investigation involving over 50 reported crimes. The investigating officer worked in collaboration with Poole and Bournemouth councils. Two Community Protection Notices against Spiteri, were put in place to attempt to prevent any further repeats of his behaviour but he continued to commit offences. A Criminal Behaviour Order was also applied for during this case to prevent further frauds being carried out.

Police Constable Lisa Harrison, of Kinson South Safer Neighbourhood Team, said: “This has been a protracted investigation with multiple victims; some of whom were targeted on more than one occasion.

“The result is a reflection of the community working with Dorset Police to bring an end to this behaviour. It would not have been possible to bring about this case, without the commitment our victims gave us.

“I hope that the outcome brings reassurance to the local communities that they can rely on the Force to take action on these kind of matters and that every call can help.

“I also hope the sentence handed out today acts as a warning to others committing fraud offences in Dorset that such behaviour will not be tolerated.”

Issued: 9 June 2015

Peter Spiteri
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