Fraudster, 36, earning £13,000-a-year lied about his income to take out finance on FIVE cars worth £300,000 so he could be seen driving around in BMWs, Audis and a Mercedes

Mail Online | 8/7/2017 | Joseph Curtis For Mailonline
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A fraudster who 'enjoys the trappings of money' drove around in BMWs, Audis and Mercedes cars worth £300,000 after lying on credit applications, a court heard.

Ashley Harris told finance firms he had been in a steady job for five years and earned around £30,000.

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But he had actually spent much of that time in prison for drug dealing, and the income he declared to the taxman was less than half that amount.

A judge branded the 36-year-old 'a thoroughly greedy and dishonest man' as he sent him to jail.

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Swansea Crown Court heard that between November 2015 and May 2016 Harris took out finance on five high-value cars - two BMW M4s, an Audi Q7, an Audi R8, and a Mercedes A-Class. The repayments on the cars amounted to some £3,000 a month.

Paul Hobson, prosecuting, said the defendant kept-up the repayments on the cars, a fact that was a 'double-edged sword' for Harris because in the year 2014-15 his declared income to the tax authorities was £8,000 and the following year it was £13,500.

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The court heard Harris had lied about his employment history and income in order to get the finance on the cars.

Harris, of Waunarlwydd, Swansea, had previously admitted five counts of fraud when he appeared in the dock for sentencing.

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