A SERIOUS crime prevention order has been put in place in a bid to stop a bizarre conman, who wasted several companies’ time and money.
Jack Moore sent thousands of emails from fake email addresses asking internet firms and individuals to do work for him.
As part of his strange swindle, the fraudster got companies to print thousands of fliers for theatre productions which did not exist, and asked composers to write music for a made up musical publishing company.
The 23-year-old has been the made the subject of the order, usually used to stop gangsters and drugs barons, meaning his online behaviour will be monitored for the next five years.
He will have to inform police if he orders any goods or services worth more than £300 and is not allowed to communicate with others under a false name.
Moore was jailed for 20 months at Gloucester Crown Court on Monday after he pleaded guilty to five counts of fraud by misrepresentation and asked the court for a further 33 similar offences to be taken into consideration.
The court heard Moore of Lysons Avenue in Gloucester, had cost the several companies involved around £30,000.
The former Archway School pupil committed the frauds in 2012 while he was on a suspended sentence for stealing and fraud against his former teachers.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC said he would not have considered making Moore the subject of the order had it been a one-off offence.
He said: “At first glance it seemed an ambitious application from the prosecution. Parliament, in creating the order, was thinking more in terms of gangsters and drugs barons.
“But I believe the offences committed are serious.”
He told Moore: “It is quite apparent the suspended sentence did not deter you, in fact it spurred you on.
“Why you did it I am not sure – and I suspect for the hell of it.
“You diverted the police from carrying out more important tasks.”
The court heard police had spent hundreds of hours looking into his crimes and so requested the order to stop him offending in the future.
At a previous hearing, prosecutor Janine Wood said his crimes were a nuisance to those involved and that Moore had sent around 5,000 emails from fake accounts under false names.
Defending Steve Young described it as a very unusual case and said Moore had made very little financial gain out of it.
In December 2011, Moore, then of Middle Street, Stroud, pleaded guilty to five offences of theft from his ex-teachers, Peter Tims and Craig Sargent, and eight offences of fraud by misrepresentation against a computer company, from which he obtained goods by deception before selling them over the internet.