Keith Atkin

A 53-year-old man has been sentenced to seven years of imprisonment for conning at least 10 people for more than £100,000.

Keith Atkin, the resident of Nether Street Harby in Melton Mowbray, appeared at Nottingham Crown Court today following a trial for 12 days.

He was first arrested for the offence in September 2016 after which it was revealed that he had been committing fraud since February 2014.

He managed to con people and secure money by posing as a worker with travel and investment companies.

Detective Constable Chris Underwood said: “Atkin embarked on an elaborate set of lies in an attempt to avoid the fact that he tricked an elderly gentleman out of his pension, ruined the honeymoon of a newly-wed couple, a surprise birthday holiday and numerous other people’s holidays.

“It had a huge impact on his victims. One man, who thought he was booking a special birthday holiday for his wife, lost his job, pension and benefits.”

One victim paid £74,550 to Atkin in what he believed was funding an investment scheme. He received other funds by selling fake holidays to Lanzarote, Dubai, Maldives and Monaco.

Atkin also used a victim’s account to try and get finance for a brand new Mercedes and stole £1855 from another victim’s bank account.