Man bailed after posing as air pilot

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CONMAN Timothy Giles, who was said to target vulnerable women through dating agencies and posed as an airline pilot, has admitted fraud chargest.

But after the case was adjourned for reports Giles, of Blunsdon, told magistrates he was not available to appear in court during certain dates in August – because he was jetting off on holiday with his lady friend.

In his latest scam, Giles made out he had a high-flying career flying jets for Qantas.

But Exeter magistrates were told he was just a dishonest man who “targeted vulnerable women”.

The court heard that 46-year-old Giles was no stranger to masquerading because in December 2013 he was convicted of posing as a police officer. And within months he was conning another victim out of cash.

Lindsey Baker, prosecuting, said: “The allegation is that he obtained money by pretending to be an airline pilot.”

Miss Baker said he took cash, about £320, from a female victim he met through a dating agency who lives in east Devon.

She said: “He was targeting vulnerable women while pretending to be someone that he is not.

“One lady parted with money because he said he was an airline pilot and was a safe bet for the money to be repaid.

“He met her through a dating agency. He misled her into forming a relationship claiming to be someone he was not for his own gain.”

She said Giles also pocketed money he had “raised” for the Children’s Hospice South West – he handed over £65 out of the £190 he had been donated from a sponsored cycle ride.

And he had also helped himself to the fuel provided by his company, a toilet firm.

James Rickard, a lawyer who represented Giles at an earlier hearing, said: “He is a ladies’ man.”

Giles admitted charges of fraud and theft between July and December last year.

He admitted twice making false representation by pretending to be a qualified airline pilot, stealing sponsorship money from a hospice and three counts of fraud by false representation on stealing fuel using his bosses’ fuel fob.

Giles was bailed before he is sentenced on August 27.

The magistrates said the offences passed the custody threshold and ordered an all-options report.

Giles gave his address as Durban House in Lady Lane, Blunsdon, and said he could not appear in court during a time in August because of his holiday plans.

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