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12 July 2010, 11:37 | Updated: 12 July 2010, 11:48
Police are asking for the public’s help in tracing this man, who is believed to be behind a large scale fraud operation which has seen dozens of innocent families duped out of their holidays.
Carlo Bulley, who is 38 and was living in the Brighton and Hove area between September 2009 and May 2010, is suspected of advertising villas for rent on legitimate websites.
Victims have entered into a contract, believing it to be genuine, and are asked to pay by bank transfer into accounts of either C Bulley or J Kettunen. After booking flights to France, Spain or Portugal, they arrive at their holiday destination only to find the villa doesn’t exist.
It is believed that Bulley – who also calls himself Richard Ingle, Conrad Bulley and Casper Bulley – has fraudulently obtained in the region of hundreds of thousands of pounds.
Detective Constable Tracey Dixon, from Brighton CID, said: “There are many people that have been duped by Bulley and we are anxious to find him as soon as possible so these cruel crimes can be stopped.
“Many of the victims have families with young children who have been left stranded in Europe at the height of the summer season. It’s caused considerable stress and upset as they try to find alternative accommodation or get back home.”
Other forces across England, including the Met, are also trying to locate Bulley for money laundering and fraud offences and he is currently on bail with Essex Police.
If anyone has information then they are urged to contact DC Dixon on 0845 60 70 999, or call the independent charity Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.