A MAN who duped people out of thousands of pounds by offering bogus legal advice in a Whittlesey pub has been jailed.
Law graduate Marious Pimm (42), falsely claimed to be a barrister and offered help to a bankrupt plumber and a woman going through a divorce.
He took cheques totalling £4,000 in relation to the bankruptcy and pocketed more than £1,000 for ‘work’ chasing up a debt connected with divorce proceedings.
During a trial at Peterborough Crown Court, the jury heard Pimm met potential clients in The Boat Inn pub and would often discuss ongoing cases.
Pimm, of Crescent Road, Whittlesey, denied two charges of fraud but was convicted following the trial.
He was jailed for 12 months on Thursday (May 24).
Detective Constable Mark Yendley, who led the investigation, said: “Pimm used his knowledge gleaned from studies at Lincoln University to fool people into thinking he was a qualified solicitor.
“A lot of people in Whittlesey were upset to discover they had been taken in by his lies and are pleased he has now been brought to justice.”