‘Inherently dishonest’ serial fraudster locked up yet again for crimes at a York hotel
A serial fraudster who police describe as ‘inherently dishonest’ has been locked up for his latest crimes, committed at a York hotel.
Parmpareet Singh, 53, of no fixed address, has a long list of offending, committed across the UK.
He often targets hotels and has convictions in London, Dorset and Scotland, as well as North Yorkshire.
His latest offences were committed at the Park Inn on North Street, York on Saturday (11 March).
After striking up a conversation at the bar, Singh stole a man’s mobile phone and used a banking app to book train tickets to London and Manchester at a cost of more than £500.
Unluckily for Singh, the owner contacted his bank on Sunday morning and the fraudulent transactions were stopped in time.
By chance, the victim spotted the suspect at the Duke of York pub at York Station that same day.
Singh was arrested, charged and remanded to appear at court following a “no comment” interview in police custody.
He had only been released on licence from HMP Hull on Friday having served time for various fraud and burglary offences.
At York Magistrates’ Court today he pleaded guilty and sentenced to 14 weeks’ imprisonment for one count of theft and two counts of fraud by false representation.
Police staff investigator Robert Oliver, of the York and Selby Investigation Hub, said: “It is abundantly clear that Parmpareet Singh is inherently dishonest, unwilling to change his criminal ways and does not care about the impact he has on his victims.
“This could not be more succinctly evidenced than by his latest offences. The theft of the victim’s mobile phone and the subsequent use of a banking app contained therein, committed just one day after his release from prison on licence.
“Singh has shown not the slightest bit of remorse for his actions and he deserves to be back behind bars.”