Fraudster Jake Simcock jailed for vehicle engine con
A CONMAN has been jailed for eight months after selling two car engines online – then failing to deliver them.
Jake Simcock, aged 22, advertised a Ford Cosworth engine for sale on a website called Pistonheads, Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard yesterday.
A customer who handed over £900 for the engine contacted Simcock when it did not arrive.
Prosecutor Pat Sullivan said: "The defendant apologised and made some excuses. No engine arrived."
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Simcock was interviewed by police in August last year and offered to pay the customer back. But by November, he had paid back just £100.
The court heard another customer was duped in a similar way. This time a Subaru engine was advertised on the same website.
"The defendant put himself forward as John Bishop, who worked in an Aberdeen breakers yard," said Mr Sullivan.
Money was again sent through, but the engine did not arrive.
While on bail for those two offences, Simcock tampered with a sick note given to him by his doctor.
Mr Sullivan said: "He was in the magistrates' court system. Solicitors he instructed wrote a letter to the court to explain they wanted a trial vacated because their client was ill, and they attached a sick note."
The note stated Simock was not only unfit to work but unfit to attend court because of panic attacks. But the court heard the defendant's poor spelling led to the note being found out as a forgery.
"It was a legitimate sick note issued by the doctor. He recalled he regarded the defendant fit for court," added Mr Sullivan.
Simcock, of The Quadrangle, Endon, pleaded guilty to doing an act intending to pervert the course of public justice. He denied the two offences of fraud, but was convicted after a trial at North Staffordshire Magistrates' Court in August.
Catherine O'Reilly, mitigating, said Simcock accepts forging the sick note was a 'stupid thing to do'.
She added that Simcock is willing to repay the money to the two victims of the frauds. Jailing Simcock, Judge Paul Glenn said: "On two occasions people paid you for vehicle parts they were never supplied with. They were left out of pocket.
"While on bail you altered a medical certificate issued by your doctor. The giveaway was you could not spell the word assessed."