Fraudster who conned thousands of pounds out of family and friends has been jailed

A fraudster who conned his victim and her family out of thousands of pounds has been jailed this week.

Friday, 19th March 2021, 3:54 pm

Joseph Element, aged 25, who also goes by the name of Ezra Kearns, was jailed for two years and six months at Sheffield Crown Court on Tuesday, March 16.Element, of The Crescent, Barnsley, was convicted at an earlier trial held in his absence for two counts of fraud by false representation.He initially formed a relationship with his victim in 2017, when they met at university. During their two-year relationship, he continually deceived her and her family, taking thousands of pounds from them.He falsely claimed he needed money to undergo training courses, including at South Yorkshire Police, and for compensation claims, all of which were untrue.

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PC Matthew Rowson, who lead the investigation, said: “I am really pleased that Element has been given a custodial sentence for these crimes. He was welcomed into the family of the victim and completely betrayed their trust.“He is a prolific offender with multiple aliases, with victims in other parts of the country too. His actions have had a devastating effect on his victims with the impact of his crimes still affecting them now.“I hope that this sentence will give them some relief that justice has been served.”

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*South Yorkshire Police (SYP) is the territorial police force responsible for policing South Yorkshire in England. The Chief Constable, since July 2016, is Stephen Watson. Oversight of the force is conducted by the Police and Crime Commissioner, Alan Billings.

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