On the run: Conman Thomas Smith who faces jail for 16k charity auction fraud
12:26 01 February 2013
A CONMAN who set up a fake charity auction in order to steal sport and music memorabilia worth more than £16,000 is on the run.
Thomas Smith, 25, formerly of March, has not been seen since he appeared in court in Norwich last year to answer separate charges of conspiracy to burgle.
He is wanted for setting up the fake charity auction at the Marriott Hotel in Huntingdon in March 2010.
Smith ordered goods, including a signed England football shirt from 1966, a signed Michael Jackson Thriller EP and a signed Ricky Hatton boxing glove, from a Romford-based company.
They were sent to the hotel for an auction which never happened. Smith made off with the merchandise, worth £16,215, which has not yet been recovered.
Smith was jailed for 15 months, in his absence, at Huntingdon Crown Court on Tuesday. The sentence will be added to a four-year term imposed in December.
He had attended earlier court hearings and admitted the fraud before absconding.
A warrant for his arrest has been issued.
Smith, who had previously given court addresses in March and King’s Lynn, was arrested for the fraud when police traced him to an internet cafe in March.
Officers have urged anyone who has information on his whereabouts to contact them on 101.