Man who conned women jailed

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Man who conned women jailed

A serial conman from Northampton, who targeted and defrauded women, some who he met online, has been sentenced to seven years in prison and given a 10 year restraining order.

Matthew Sprigmore, aged 40, of Woolston Close, Northampton, pleaded guilty to numerous offences relating to fraud, blackmail, theft and assault.

Sprigmore, who appeared at Northampton Crown Court yesterday had committed the offences, against four women, banks and other businesses, over the course of ten years.

He previously appeared in court in June and August 2015, where he pleaded guilty to 23 offences, three offences were left to lie on file and a further five offences relating to theft and fraud were taken into consideration.

The offences Sprigmore committed are estimated to have netted him over £160,000. Although officers believe that the actual figure may be far more.

He had been involved in taking out loans, credit cards and phone contracts using third party names. Including one bank loan where he obtained £12,000.

He also pleaded guilty to blackmail, where he had threatened a woman that he would send an inappropriate picture of her, to her employers.

In another incident, he assaulted and blackmailed a woman into signing a banker s form in order to obtain £50,000.

Some of his victims he had met online and developed relationships with.

During a search of Sprigmore s property, officers discovered the keys to one of his cars hidden in a guitar. A search of the car later revealed further evidence vital to the investigation.

Victims of Sprigmore s fraud ranged from Northamptonshire, Berkshire, Buckinghamshire, Bedfordshire and Surrey.

In sentencing, His Honour Judge Michael Fowler, referred to Sprigmore as a  parasite and a  conman of the worst sort .

Detective Constable Cathy O Connor, who let the investigation, said:  This has been a challenging investigation. Matthew Sprigmore has shown throughout that he is a compulsive liar who put the needs and lifestyle of himself above others, telling elaborate lies and buying lavish cars and other goods to prove his lifestyle as a musician.

 He targeted women and lured them into false relationships in order to steal their identity for his own selfish gain. Even when granted bail he committed further offences showing a flagrant disregard for the courts and justice system.

 He has frequently changed his identity, using many different aliases, including Matthew Morgan, Mike Morgan, Matthew Frederick Morgan and Steve Melder. There may be others that we do not know about.

 He even masqueraded as a woman, changing the tone and pitch of his voice, when speaking to banks.

 I would like to thank the people who came forward and helped us to secure this conviction. There may be further victims out there, and if so, we would encourage them to make contact with the police.


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