Car fraudster case delayed

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A SACKED car salesman who instigated a £300,000 fraud to get back at his former employer will be sentenced by a crown court judge.

Hell bent on revenge and fuelled by drink, Paul Donkin ordered vehicles worth a total of £294,850 from a car auction website last August.

Using log-in details trusted to him by Durham Hire and Sales in Langley Moor, where he worked for just two months, Donkin spent a weekend buying 24 cars.

He has previously admitted two counts each of fraud by false representation and unauthorised computer access, with intent to commit other offences. The 41-year-old, formerly of Washington, but now of Eastbridge Street, Houghton, has lost a subsequent job after his new employers saw him on the front page of the Echo in May, it emerged at yesterday’s hearing.

Donkin was due to be dealt with by Sunderland magistrates yesterday, after a previous bench asked for a probation report. But the sentencing bench ruled their sentencing powers to be insufficient.

He was released on unconditional bail and will be sentenced by a judge at Newcastle Crown Court on July 14.