A career crook described as a “grave danger to honest people” has been jailed for more than eight years.
Simon Squires, 49, from Highfields, Caldecote, Cambridgeshire, used aliases such as Simon Ball and Simon Brown in a bid to hide his criminal record and evade justice.
He regularly changed his name by act of notoriety and falsified his CV in order to defraud companies out of hundreds of thousands of pounds
Squires was first jailed in 2013 and then again in 2017.
Upon his release from prison, Squires continued to offend. Between 2018 and 2020, he used a CV containing falsified and false information to obtain senior jobs at two different companies.
An investigation was opened by Cambridgeshire Constabulary and Squires was arrested and charged with fraud offences, before being released on bail.
That wasn’t enough to deter him, however, and he adopted another identity – Matthew Ball – and got a job as chief business manager at a personal care products company in Norfolk, before moving on to a technology company in Oxford.
Once in office, he would use his position to reward himself financially while causing substantial losses to businesses. In total, he claimed around £110,000 from the companies.
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In February 2022, Squires was arrested and later pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud by false representation, four counts of money laundering and 10 violations of a serious crime prevention order he received at the following his conviction in 2017.
He was jailed for eight years and nine months at Cambridge Crown Court on Monday and a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) investigation has now been launched, to ensure he does not profit from any of his actions.
In handing down his sentence, the judge described Squires as: “A grave danger to honest businessmen.”
Around £30,000 in his bank account has been frozen and a number of watches valued at over £100,000 have been seized, while financial investigations are ongoing.
PC investigator Kane Casburn said: ‘Squires have made a career out of defrauding companies out of hundreds of thousands of pounds, lying and cheating to get into senior positions.
“He clearly thought he was above the law and continued to deceive company after company, even while out on bail for other fraud offences.
“Unfortunately for him, he couldn’t escape the law and his actions have now caught up with him. I hope this prison sentence is enough to make him think twice about any future convincing scams, and our investigators financiers will work hard to ensure that his assets are uncovered so that he repays all his ill-gotten gains in full.”