A “shameless” fraudster who conned young men out of thousands of pounds has been jailed for over two years.
Career conman Paolo Aldorasi, 39, tricked men into thinking he was a successful fashion designer before demanding that they loaned him money.
During the trial, Southwark Crown Court heard how Aldosari would invite young men into his expensive car and give them items of clothing, before falsely claiming he had gambled all his money away the night before.
He would then demand a cash loan from his victims to pay his car rental at the airport that afternoon.
Aldorasi would pressure and harass his victims before driving them to a cash machine.
Some would trust that they would be paid back, while others felt too intimidated by him to say no, jurors were told.
Aldorasi would then take the cash and the victims would not see or hear from him again.
The series of frauds began on June 17, 2020 on Kensington Road with further reports across London, Coventry and Oxford through to November 2021.
Detectives received two reports after the first incident and later managed to identify Aldoorasi using the identical method, physical descriptions of him and a telephone number he had given to the victims which was traced back to him.
He was arrested in November 2020 for the London offences and released under investigation - but went on to commit further offences in Oxford and later Coventry.
Aldorasi’s actions became increasingly brazen following his initial arrest, and he would hover around victims as they stood near the ATM.
In one instance in Kensington in October 2021, CCTV captures the moment the victim enters £250 into the ATM - before Aldorasi leans in and punches £500 instead.
Aldorasi was charged and remanded in December 2021 to await trial.
He pleaded guilty to 15 counts of fraud by false representation at Southwark Crown Court and was sentenced on Tuesday at the same court to two years and nine months’ imprisonment.
At sentencing, the judge called Aldorasi “shameless” and said he was a “confidence trickster” who left humiliation and misery in his wake
The total amount of money taken was nearly £34,000, with victims handing over between £500 and £8,000 at a time.
Detective Constable Christine Metz, from the Central West Command Unit, said: “Aldorasi relied on the trusting nature of the victims, who were often international students and fairly new to the country, and began his interactions in a friendly enough way to gain their confidence, wowing them with extravagant stories about a fictitious jet-set lifestyle as a supposed fashion designer.
“This would be backed up by his provision of items of clothing and a nice car. Soon enough his demeanour would change and the same men who had initially been impressed by him would then be intimidated by him and afraid of his aggression.
“His behaviour was imposing and threatening and the victims often feared they would be subject to violence if they declined to help him. Aldorasi is masterful in his ability to trick people in this way, as his offending history shows.”