An internet ‘Casanova’ liar who conned four women out of more than £4,500 after meeting them on dating websites has been jailed for nine months.
Elvis Fair, 52, told his impressed victims he was a former high-flying RAF officer and businessman and had access to a helicopter, a court heard yesterday.
The judge told Fair, a serial offender, that he was a ‘dishonest scoundrel’ who ‘cynically exploited’ women and repeatedly lied to them after meeting them on dating sites Plenty of Fish, Zoosk and Urban Social.
The father-of-three, of Trimley St Mary, Suffolk, was found guilty of four charges of fraud by false representation after a trial.
A fifth charge was left to lay on file as the jury was unable to return a verdict.
Fair denied all the charges but was found guilty at Ipswich Crown Court.
Sentencing, Judge Martyn Levett told him: ‘You could easily be described as a modern-day lothario who presents himself as extremely attractive, attentive, gentle and caring.
‘However, beneath your charming exterior there is a rather haughty, unfeeling, dishonest scoundrel.’
He added: ‘You cynically exploited women that you met on these dating websites.
‘You lied about your history, your financial position, encouraged them to trust you, and then took money from them.’
Fair took £2,820 from one woman for a holiday to New York and Hawaii and pocketed £300 from another for a helicopter lesson.
The dapper, suited and booted cheat also swindled two other women out of £650 and £808.
One of his devastated victims owned a local hairdressing salon.
She said when she found out she’d been duped she could no longer go to work and closed her business, the court heard.
The distraught woman even cancelled her shifts at another workplace.
The court heard she had said: ‘I just wanted to run and hide when I found out I had been conned.’
The woman said she felt ‘lonely and hurt’ after being brutally conned and lied to by vile Fair.
Judge Levett praised the traumatised women who pressed charges for their strength of character in coming forward.
‘For them it was a significant embarrassment in having to do so,’ he said.
Judge Levett said Fair had also racked up previous convictions for dishonestly using a credit card, shoplifting and acting as a solicitor for three months when he was not qualified.
The villain also has a previous fraud conviction for obtaining £50 from a woman through a dating site claiming it was for charity.
As well as being jailed, Fair must pay £4,600 compensation to his victims.