'Cancer' swindler cheats teen out of inheritance cash
A man once convicted for lying about having information on Scott Guy's murder has now been jailed for blackmail and defrauding a 17-year-old girl of part of her dead father's estate.
Prolific dishonesty offender and fraudster Andrew Colin George Jacobs, 20, was sentenced to 13 months' prison at the High Court at Hamilton yesterday after falsely claiming he had cancer and blackmailing the teen into giving him money for his fake treatment.
In sentencing, Justice Gilbert noted Jacobs' disturbing criminal history - the majority of which is dishonesty and fraud-related - at such a young age.
One of his most notable crimes was in 2010, when he gave police false information as they investigated the Scott Guy murder.
Jacobs, who has lived in both Feilding and Hamilton, met his latest victim on Facebook in June 2012, while he was also serving a sentence of home detention for other fraud offences.
He learned that her father had died and she was receiving weekly Accident Compensation Corporation payments.
Jacobs then falsely claimed that his father had died and he was receiving similar payments.
In January, 2013, Jacobs told the victim that he had cancer and that if he didn't have the operation he would die.
Jacobs said he had no money and neither did his mother, and asked the victim for money for his "operation", promising to pay it back.
After four or five days of text messages from Jacobs asking for money, the victim paid $1000 into his back account.
After it was deposited, Jacobs sent the victim a text claiming the money hadn't gone through and asked for $2000.
On January 14, the victim made two $1000 payments for the operation.
The next day, Jacobs texted the victim again saying that he hadn't received the money.
But when the victim protested that she had put the money in, Jacobs accused her of lying and said that he was going to the police and that she would be hearing from them in next couple of days.
He then told the victim he had been to the bank and the police and he would be arranging for a summons requiring her to attend court.
He continued with that threat for about four days.
On February 20, 2013, Jacobs again threatened court action, telling the victim she owed him $520 but not saying what it was for. She paid the money.
Jacobs was busted after the victim's mother noticed the transactions and questioned her daughter.
Jacobs spent the money on a new barbecue, takeaways, flowers for his new partner and helping pay for a family holiday in Taupo.
In her victim impact statement, the girl said she felt exploited and cheated and upset that he took the money she was entitled to following the death of her father.
"Despite only being 20, you already have 36 prior convictions for offending dating back to September 2010," Judge Gilbert said.
"Thirty of these convictions are for offences involving dishonesty . . . probation assesses you at being a medium to high risk of reoffending in a similar way given your almost continuous involvement in such crimes over the past two years."
Justice Gilbert said Jacobs' offending was pre-mediated, involved carefully calculated deceit which was persistent on a victim who was young and vulnerable.
Jacobs was also ordered to pay back $3520.
However it was noted that he still owed $12,408.97 in reparation from his other crimes.
Jacobs' 36 convictions- most for dishonesty