Internet fraudster goes directly to jail

In court yesterday a serial internet fraudster admitted to a total of five new charges including trying to sell software packages, iPhones and Ryder Cup tickets that did not exist. Phillip Shortman, formally of Cwmbran, pleaded guilty in Newport Magistrates Court, to five offences that fall under the fraud act.

The dates of the offences were between September 7 and 23 of 2010. He committed fraud by false representation by advertising for sale on the internet site Gumtree iPhones for around £400 and Ryder Cup tickets for £240. On eBay he advertised software packages for sale between £350 and £500.

The defendant remained in Cardiff Prison but appeared at Newport Magistrates’ Court via a video link. He was remanded in custody by chairwoman of the bench, Marie Morgan, until his sentencing on April 15 in the crown court. The prosecutor said it was obvious the charges speak for themselves. He has quite a history of fraud convictions with 48 between 2005 and 2009.

His notoriety started in 2005 when he funded a trip to New York with 21 similar frauds and was subsequently handed a 12 month detention. He received 30 months in 2009 when he made £7,000 selling Six Nations rugby tickets, laptops, games consoles, and computer graphics that did not exist, on websites.

During his sentencing the Judge referred to his other similar offences calling him a completely dishonest man. Since Shortman owns no assets the court can only make a nominal order for repayment of £1.