Pounds 30k Conman Jailed at Last; Lonely-Heart Swindler Fled to US

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A LOVE-RAT swindled nearly pounds 30,000 from a woman he met through a lonely hearts advert - then went on the run for more than a decade.

But Middlesbrough mechanic James Jevons, pictured inset, has finally faced his fate after 10 years at large in the US.

The conman started a prison sentence after he handed himself into the American authorities.

Teesside Crown Court heard how Jevons, formerly of Kilton Court, Marton, devised a web of deception to trick his unsuspecting partner into handing over pounds 29,800 during their 18-month relationship in the late Nineties.

He claimed he had cash tied up in overseas accounts and told tales of connections with the Army and the SAS, prosecutor David Bradshaw told the court.

Jevons, 60, was arrested in August 1998 and was due to stand trial on theft and fraud charges in 2001 but failed to turn up at court. A warrant was issued for his arrest.

He had started a new life in Pennsylvania and was hoping to marry his partner there, but the court heard his passport and visa had expired. …