Man jailed for fraud - Reading

28/02/2014

A man appeared at Reading Crown Court today, Friday, 28 February 2014, and was jailed for a total of three and a half years' for four counts of fraud.

Gino Dicaprio, aged 52, of Mombasa, Kenya, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud on 14 January and a fourth count on 23 January.

He was sentenced to 18-months imprisonment each for the first two counts of fraud, to run concurrently, and a further 24-months imprisonment each for the last two counts to run concurrently, but consecutively to the 18 months, making a total of 42 months in prison.

The sentence relates to a long-running fraud where Dicaprio befriended a deaf married couple from Reading and systematically defrauded them over a number of years.

Dicaprio admitted that between 2007 and 2013 he fraudulently obtained money from his victims for a building project in Kenya which did not exist. He claimed to be building a block of flats that, when sold, would provide a profit.  However, no such project existed.

He further defrauded a 79-year-old member of the same family out of her life savings using the same scam.

Between 2011 and 2013 he fraudulently obtained money from a couple, saying he could arrange for them to have a child using a surrogate mother in Kenya. His deception went so far as to provide a photo of a baby girl, but this was proved to have been an image downloaded from the internet. He then made repeated excuses as to why the baby was not yet with them, and asked for more money even though no child existed.  The couple were left heartbroken and in financial difficulties.