Prison sentence for man who tricked victim out of family home and life savings Date published: 10th October 2016 3.51pm

A 56-year-old-man from Little Neston has been jailed for two years after being convicted of fraud after making false representations over the sale of the Helsby Arms Public House in Frodsham.
Stephen Thomas Currie from The Meadows, Little Neston was sentenced at Chester Crown Court on 4 October 2016 after pleading guilty to fraud.
The court heard how Currie altered VAT documents with the intention of making a gain from the sale of the Helsby Arms Public House, which he owned.
His victim, a 54 year-old-man from Chester, bought the Chester Road pub in the belief that it was a viable, profitable business, when it in fact was not. He invested the sale of his house to purchase the business and, as a result of Currie’s dishonesty, lost both his life savings and family home.
Detective Constable Robert Snasdell, of Cheshire’s Economic Crime Unit, said: "I am delighted that at the end of a lengthy investigation some justice has been achieved for the victim who has lost everything at the hands of this fraudster.
“This result shows that exploiting your position within a business in order to commit fraud will never have beneficial results. His sentence should serve as a warning to other fraudsters that at Cheshire Constabulary we will utilise all resources at our disposal to ensure you are brought to justice.”