Fraudster who pretended to be living life of espionage convicted for conning partner

|News, Fraud and economic crime

A fraudster who used outlandish stories to manipulate his partner into handing over large amounts of money has today been convicted of fraud.

Mark Acklom, 46, concocted a intricate web of lies to convince his partner to bankroll fictitious building work on lavish properties he claimed to own in Bath saying one would be their marital home.

He admitted five counts of fraud when he appeared today at Bristol Crown Court at what would have been the beginning of his trial.

Using a made-up identity to avoid detection, Acklom claimed to be a wealthy Swiss banker and pretended he was in love with the victim in order to persuade her to hand over money.

Alyson Harris, of CPS South West, said: "Mark Acklom used false identities, told lies and abused the trust of those around him to enrich himself.

“He gave multiple excuses as to why he could not pay his victim back including that he was living a life of espionage.

"Our prosecution was able to use the evidence to show that these lies were deliberate and caused misery for his victim.

"I hope today's pleas of guilty by Mark Acklom will provide her with some closure and a sense that justice has been done."

Acklom spent his victim's money on rent for a home for his wife and children.  He also used her money to buy cars, including a £60,000 Porsche Cayenne; private school fees for his son, rent for a friend, and money paid to accounts from which he withdrew money to pay for his victim’s wedding dress.

The police and Crown Prosecution Service worked closely together with counterparts in Spain and Switzerland to gather evidence and to secure Mark Acklom’s extradition to the UK after he fled abroad in 2014.

Notes to editors

Mark Acklom (DOB: 01/06/1973) admitted:

  1. Fraud - between 18 January 2012 and 22 March 2012 over £29,564.38 as a loan to renovate a property
  2. Fraud - between 18 January 2012 and 30 March 2012 over a loan of £30,000 to renovate a property
  3. Fraud - between 18 January 2012 and 3 April 2012 over a £90,000 loan to renovate a property
  4. Fraud - between 18 January 2012 and 4 April 2012 over £30,000 loan to renovate property
  5. Fraud - between 18 January 2012 and 7 July 2012 over a £120,000 loan to renovate a property

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