Ringwood man Julio Sweeney jailed for defrauding two women out of thousands of pounds
A RINGWOOD fraudster who cheated two women out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for 15 months.
Julio Julius Sweeney (58), of Hurn Road, Matchams, admitted 14 counts of fraud by false representation, when he appeared at Bournemouth Crown Court.
Sweeney began a relationship with his first victim in March 2017 and shortly afterwards asked if he could borrow £6,000 to buy a car.
He repeatedly made excuses for not repaying the money, eventually saying he would be starting up a business and give her the money later.
In total he took more than £8,000.
During the same period, Sweeney became involved in a relationship with another woman and moved into her home.
He began asking her for money to help set up a business, claiming he would repay the funds.
He again made excuses for not repaying the cash and persuaded the victim to hand over her bank card, which he used to withdraw funds from her account.
In total he took around £6,000 from the woman, as well as other possessions which she believed were valued at more than £20,000.
In August 2017 the two victims came into contact via social media and realised Sweeney had been taking money from them both dishonestly.
DC Andy Hale, of Dorset Police, said: "Sweeney entered into relationships with his victims and gained their trust before persuading them to hand over significant sums of money without the intention of paying it back.
"I would like to praise the victims for having the courage to come forward and report these offences.
"We were able to support them and through a detailed investigation, prove the extent of Sweeney’s offending."