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Suffolk man accused of conning women he met on Zoosk admits 'embellishing' details about himself

PUBLISHED: 17:02 23 February 2017 | UPDATED: 17:02 23 February 2017

Elvis Fair leaving Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant

Elvis Fair leaving Ipswich Crown Court. Picture: Archant

A Suffolk man accused of conning women he met on dating websites out of money has admitted "embellishing" details about himself during conversations with the alleged victims.

A Suffolk man accused of conning women he met on dating websites out of money has admitted “embellishing” details about himself during conversations with the alleged victims.

Giving evidence during his trial at Ipswich Crown Court on today, Elvis Fair denied telling the women he was a helicopter pilot, but said he had told them he had been in the RAF and could have given the impression he was a helicopter pilot.

He said he could have embellished some of the details he gave the women and had not put them right if they had assumed he was a helicopter pilot.

He told the court he had received a bursary to do pilot training at Cranwell and although he had done the training, he had not actually qualified.

Fair denied telling one of the women he had 14 businesses and said he told her he was a consultant for “a few businesses”.

He also denied saying he owned property in Chelsea and said he would have said he occasionally stayed overnight at a flat there.

The court has previously heard Fair has two previous convictions for fraud.

One of the convictions, in 2014, related to Fair conning a woman he met on a dating website out if £50 after telling her it was for a charity event which did not exist.

The other conviction, also in 2014, related to Fair pocketing £100 he was given as commission by an artist in return for selling a sculpture that was never sold.

Fair, 52, of Thurman’s Lane, Trimley St Mary has denied five charges of fraud by false representation between 2011 and 2015.

It has been claimed he met the alleged victims of the frauds on dating websites and kept money they gave him for things including a holiday in Hawaii, a helicopter lesson, repairs to a car and changing the deeds on a Spanish property.

Giving evidence today, on the fourth day of his trial, Fair told the court he had formerly lived in Dedham with his wife and three children and was separated from his wife.

The trial, which is expected to end next week, continues tomorrow.

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