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The scam from Del Monte: British poker-playing playboy who bragged he was friends with James Hewitt duped online shoppers out of thousands of pounds in gold coin eBay fraud
A poker ace and self-styled playboy who bragged that he was friends with James Hewitt and Sir Mark Thatcher duped online shoppers out of thousands of pounds in a gold coin eBay scam.
Howard Del Monte, who also uses an alias of Nigel Goldman, pocketed more than £10,000 from two men who stumped up the cash for rare Sovereign coins he advertised via an eBay business.
The 58-year-old, of Kintbury, Berskhire, was arrested and charged with fraud after the shoppers failed to receive their gold coins despite spending months hounding Del Monte for the goods.
Jurors today found Del Monte guilty of two counts of fraud but cleared him of a third, relating to a further eBay transaction, after deliberating for nearly four-and-a-half hours at Reading Crown Court.
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Howard Del Monte, 58, of Kintbury, Berskhire, who also uses an alias of Nigel Goldman, pocketed more than £10,000 from two men who stumped up the cash for rare gold coins which he advertised falsely via eBay