Conman jailed for two years


Conman David Bale was jailed for 2 years yesterday, Monday, 10 December 2012, for running a bogus Armoured Car company.

The 48-year-old from Sheffield promised to supply Landrovers to a firm in Uruguay, claimed he was providing security software to the Pakistani army and said he was arranging for an armoured Range Rover to be used by the Dorchester Hotel in London.

But, St Albans Crown Court heard that Bale's company Special Solutions Armoured Car UK Limited was a fiction and he had never even been a company director.

Michael Speak for Thames and Chiltern Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said that over a 3 year period Bale had been involved in a £64,500 fraud.

He said Bale took a £35,000 deposit from an Uruguayan company to supply four Land Rovers. When the customers demanded to know where there vehicles were he used a series of delaying tactics and never supplied them.

Bale met one victim at the Ramada Jarvis Hotel in Watford where Bale agreed to pay £10,000 for VOIP security software, which he said was to be supplied to the Pakistani army. The defendant never paid the man, said Mr Speak.

He took 10,000 US dollars (£6,100) from another victim for the lease of an armoured Range Rover, which was to be supplied to the Dorchester hotel in London. The man was told to expect a 50 per cent return within three months. Bale provided the man with a VIN number and photograph of the vehicle, but the whole deal was a fiction and the Range Rover did not exist.

Posing as David Andrews, Bale conned SPG Media of Camelite Street, London EC4 into believing he was the chairman of Armoured Cars UK and got them to carry out £4,600 for web site work. Again, they were never paid.

Using the identity of Ian Davies he obtained £2,000 from another victim after agreeing to provide a bullet proof film to be attached to the windows of the car of a client from Ireland. The work was never done.

Bale was also supposed to attend a meeting in Dubai where he was to supply two Toyota engines, but he never turned up. 7,000 US dollars - around £4,000 - had been taken from the customers. He also owed a chauffeur £1585 for trips he had taken from down to London, said Mr Speak.

Bale of Lingfoot Avenue, Sheffield pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, two of obtaining services dishonestly, one of fraud and one of fraudulent trading.

Defence barrister Stephen Moses said Bale had "no excuses and showed remorse." He said he was of previous good character and had suffered a suspected stroke in August this year. He described Bale as a man who was "devoted to his young family and his mother." He asked for a suspended sentence.

But Judge Martin Griffith said he had no alternative but to jail him telling him: "What you did crossed the custody threshold." He banned him for being a company director 7 years.

He said confiscation proceedings will be held at a later date.

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