A man from Colchester has been jailed for 25 years for conspiring to murder his stepfather.
Southend Man Jailed Over £1.5 Million Con
A man from Southend has been jailed for five years after conning friends out of £1.5 million.
52 year-old Andrew Rayner, from Barling Road, said he could invest their cash and make them more money.
He claimed he was investing in a scheme with bookmakers BetFair, however he actually only ever invested a small amount of money.
Instead the rest went to pay off earlier investors and to fund a lavish lifestyle for him and his wife Julia.
Dc Ian Bloomfield of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate, said: "Andrew Rayner has ruined the futures of many families by callously taking over £1,500,000 from his close friends and although they received some money back from the Ponzi scheme their combined losses amount to £783,000.
"He made grandiose promises of returns he was not ever capable of fulfilling in order that he and his wife Julia could live a very comfortable life to which they believed they were entitled, even though neither had jobs and had a history of debt.
"I hope they reflect on what they’ve done to these people whilst the serve their punishments".
His wife Julia, who is 49, was given a nine month sentence suspended for 18 months for money laundering. She has also been told to do 200 hours of unpaid work.
The first of the 66 Crossrail trains is in operation from today running on the TFL route between Liverpool Street and Shenfield.
A crackdown, aimed at tackling online child abuse in Essex has seen more than 40 people arrested in the last six months.
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