And off he goes. According to the Halifax Courier, Mytholmroyd based FSX Genius AKA Matt Hardy of Calder Terrace, has conned more than £17,000 from various people across England and various other countries across the globe. According to the Halifax Courier, Hardy, a former train driver who had no previous convictions, pleaded guilty to eight charges of fraud. When customers contacted Hardy about their missing equipment he made numerous excuses and even pretended to be working for a bogus courier firm in order to put them off.
Following his arrest last year Hardy revealed that he had in fact been using the money transferred to him by customers to pay off his own debts. Lawyer Michael Devlin, for Hardy, said his life had been devastated after his wife left him and moved to France with his children. Mr Devlin said Hardy suffered a nervous breakdown and lost his job as a train driver.
The judge was urged to consider suspending any prison sentence, but he said he would be failing in his public duty if he did not impose an immediate jail term.
“You advertised these flight simulator computer programmes and customers were attracted to those advertisements,”
“You did not deliver yet you had taken the money."
“There were thus a large number of victims and a high value of money which you inappropriately obtained.”
Let's hope when he gets out, he does not continue this foolishness. Read the entire news article via the source link below. ADX came across this information via FroogleSim.