Galgate man sent for trial on Ferrari lottery scam charge

A Ferrari 458.
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A man has been accused of a catalogue of frauds which include trying to con Ferrari out of a sports car by convincing them he’d won the Lottery.

Neil Thomas Casson allegedly told Ferrari Financial Services that he had won £1.24m on the Lottery in a bid to buy a Ferrari 458.

Mr Casson, 47, has denied the charge and 25 other allegations, which include that he conned 18 different people out of around half a million pounds in total.

It is alleged that Mr Casson scammed money from individuals, claiming he would invest their cash in a scheme to make them a profit.

But instead, he allegedly banked, gambled and spent the cash.

It is also claimed that Mr Casson, of Birch Avenue, Galgate, tried to con Black Horse Ltd out of BMWs and tried to fraudulently buy a Mitsubishi Shogun.

He will go on trial at Preston Crown Court on August 7 after pleading not guilty to all charges, which date back to January 2007.

Mr Casson was told by the court not to contact the alleged victims, not to apply for international travel documents and that he should live at his home address until the trial.

The 26 charges are:

Fraud by false representation that £23,553 from Neville Sunter would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £10,000 from Neil Lawlor would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £182,710 from Michael Dack would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £25,000 from Heather Funnell would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £18,000 from Keith Jones would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £24,000 from Christine Harwood would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £15,000 from Pamela Wood would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £7,000 from Martin Bevan would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that Robert Walling would receive a Landrover Discovery in return for £6,500; Fraud by false representation that £12,000 from Graham Cass would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that 92,950 from Philip Larder would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £25,000 from Vicky Rose would be used to pay off a personal debt; Fraud by false representation that £20,000 from Lynn Smith would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £23,000 from Lynne Bentley would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £10,500 from Philip Henderson would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £33,759.56 from Lynn Ison would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation that £9,500 from Christine Carr would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Fraud by false representation to Ferrari Financial Services that he was employed as an electrical engineer and had won £1.24m on the Lottery intending to obtain a financial agreement to buy a Ferrari 458; Fraud by false representation to Black Horse Ltd that he was employed as an electrical engineer intending to buy a Mitsubishi Shogun; Four charges of fraud by false representation to Black Horse Ltd that he was employed as an electrical engineer intending to buy a BMW X5; Dishonestly obtained £19,830 from Neville Sunter; Fraud by false representation that £9,900 from Victoria Eden would be invested in a profit-making scheme; Concealed, transferred or removed £567,502.56 by banking, gambling and lifestyle spending.