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Cruel love cheat Andrew John Harper jailed

  • From:Sunday Herald Sun 
  • February 06, 2011 12:00AM

  • A SERIAL love cheat has been sentenced to nine months' jail and ordered to repay more than $22,000 to victims after being exposed by the Sunday Herald Sun.
    Andrew John Harper, 39, carried out "sophisticated" and "cruel deception" after convincing victims he was a businessman worth $1.6 billion.
    The fraud convictions span five years and four victims: mother of two Katherine Pizzey, 36, of Mt Martha, Sydney mum Teresa, who doesn't wish to be identified, the Four Points Sheraton Hotel, Geelong, and the Dingley International Hotel, Dingley.
    Harper pleaded guilty in Frankston Magistrates Court on Wednesday to 13 charges, but police in three states - Queensland, South Australia and NSW - still want to talk to him about the possibility of further charges.
    Prosecutor Darren Cathie said Harper claimed to be a multi-millionaire and the director of a Korean shipping company.
    For each property purchase, penniless Harper had the contracts sent to email addresses "to be checked over" by fake personal assistants and lawyers.The court was told how he had bought two luxury cars, a Maserati and a Ferrari, totalling more than $1 million, $30,000 worth of jewellery and two homes worth a total of almost $20 million.
    He even said he was receiving chemotherapy for cancer.
    Harper ran up thousands of debts on his victims' credit cards.
    Sentencing Harper, Magistrate Ross Betts said: "You have perpetuated a premeditated, malicious, cruel deception, which warrants imprisonment."
    One of Harper's victims, Rebecca Bell, who came from Brisbane to see the conman sentenced, wants more charges laid.
    "I wanted to be here to let him know this hasn't ended," Ms Bell said.

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