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News: UK

Tue 14 Feb, 2012
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His general theme was to attach himself to a series of men, deceive them as to his prospects and status, sometimes using assumed names, and tell them tales of hardship and bereavement to help him relieve them of significant sums of money,"

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A CONMAN who pretended to be a wealthy Old Etonian to dupe a succession of gay men out of almost £300,000 will have only £2 confiscated from him in punishment.

The prosecution at Gloucester Crown court accepted yesterday that Mark Bishop, who is serving a prison term of four years and three months for the crime, has no assets.

Judge Michael Harington formally ruled that Bishop, 38, of Kingsway, Preston, Cirencester, benefited from crime to the tune of £297,103.

But under the Proceeds of Crime Act, he ruled that Bishop must pay just £2 within the next 28 days – or have one day's imprisonment added to his sentence in default.



Announcing the agreed figures, prosecutor Anjali Gohil said the crown accepted that a nominal £2 was all he could pay. However, under the terms of the Proceeds of Crime Act, Bishop will remain liable to have the entire amount confiscated from him in future if he came into any money.

Bishop had claimed to his victims that he was from a wealthy family with a mansion and other property in the Cotswolds which he would one day inherit. He conned men out of money by coming up with a series of hard-luck stories.

"His general theme was to attach himself to a series of men, deceive them as to his prospects and status, sometimes using assumed names, and tell them tales of hardship and bereavement to help him relieve them of significant sums of money," said prosecutor Philip Warren during his trial.

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