Former Staffordshire police constable jailed for mortgage lie to judge

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A former police constable has been jailed after using his position to lie to a county court judge over a mortgage application.

Jamie Sargent, 32, convinced a court a mortgage application with partner Natalie Barlow was progressing by inventing a mortgage broker using Staffordshire Police computer systems.

The couple were attempting to buy Ms Barlow’s matrimonial home in which her ex-husband still had a share.

But because of his poor finances, Sargent was refused a mortgage by lenders.

With Ms Barlow’s ex pushing for a sale, Sargent invented the broker in order to stop the forced sale of the home.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how his web of lies convinced a county court judge to delay the sale last July.

Even Ms Barlow, who has stood by Sargent, was duped by the disgraced officer.

When his lies were revealed last October he admitted what he had done, pleading guilty to perverting the course of justice.

Jailing Sargent, of Edmonton Close, Birmingham, for six months, Recorder John Edwards told him; “Given your post it must be an ignominious experience to be in the dock of a crown court.

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Jailed: Drunk who tried to set fire to Zen Store in legal highs row

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A row over the sale of ‘legal highs’ ended when a drunk customer doused a shop keeper in white spirits and tried to set him alight.

Kevin Keegan, 60, was jailed for two years eight months for his actions which left staff at the Zen Shop in Moseley  terrified for their lives.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Keegan used a Fairy Liquid bottle to squirt one worker with the flammable liquid and threaten to set him on fire.

As terrified workers locked drunk Keegan outside the St Mary’s Row store, he then sprayed the accelerant onto a piece of carpet and around the doorway before attempting to light it with matches.

Jacob Dowding and co-worker Steve Parkes feared the liquid was petrol and believed they were about to be burnt alive in the alternative therapy shop.

Judge Robin Rowland told Keegan, who admitted attempted arson: “You took exception to the fact the shop sold what are called ‘legal highs’.

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Walsall conman used horsemeat scandal to string victims along in £200k fraud

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A conman used the horsemeat scandal to string along his victims in a £200,000 gadgets scam he set up from his parents’ Walsall home.

Steven Chand, 33, of Glenhurst Close, took payments for non-existent iPads and iPhones which he had advertised online at massively discounted prices.

When customers asked about their deliveries Chand claimed they were being held with livestock in the Middle East because of the horsemeat scandal that rocked Europe.

The dodgy dealer then faked letters from apparently satisfied punters of his phony business in a bid to convince police his enterprise was legitimate.

By the time his fraud was uncovered nearly 900 people had paid his bogus firm Discount Emporium Ltd around £216,000 for the gadgets he advertised at knock-down prices between April and July 2013.

He pleaded guilty to a single charge of fraud by false representation.

As he was jailed at Birmingham Crown Court it was heard Chand began the rogue trading from his parents’ home in Walsall to pay off £100,000 of gambling debts

Jailing him for three years and two months Recorder Marcus Tregilgas-Davey said: “It was a relatively sophisticated scam that involved significant thought process.

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