Man who conned former Gurkha soldiers in Northamptonshire is jailed

Sandeep Gurung
Sandeep Gurung

A man has been sentenced to 32 months in prison after being found guilty of conning former Gurkha soldiers out of thousands of pounds within Northamptonshire.

Sandeep Gurung, 34, of Farnborough appeared at Northampton Crown Court on Monday, March 23, facing 22 counts of fraud by false representation and one count of transfer of criminal property committed in the county.

Gurung, himself a former Gurkha soldier, was arrested last year.

The investigation revealed that he had befriended, and then duped retired and ex Gurkha soldiers out of money after offering to help them into non-existent jobs, obtain fictitious licensees or for fees to claim compensation.

He collected in excess of £38,000 from his fraudulent activities, and used some of the money to fund a gambling habit.

His Honour Judge Tim Smith, sentenced him to 22 months for the fraud charges and a further 10 months for the theft, to run consecutively.

Det Con Robin Peasland, from the organised crime and drugs team, said: “We are very happy with the sentence handed down to Gurung. Although he readily admitted his offending and pleaded guilty he has shown little remorse for his actions and instead has blamed a gambling habit.

“Despite absconding from court when he was originally due to be sentenced the police and the judicial system have caught up with Gurung and he is now paying the price for his actions.”