A builder tricked into handing over £10,000 to a fraudster posing as a city banker says he will never forgive the “evil” man who is now behind bars.
Stephen Morley, of Leighton Buzzard, fell victim to Henryk Rusin’s claims that he could invest the money for high returns over two years.
But after borrowing thousands of pounds from his parents’ savings, Mr Morley was devastated to find out he had been fleeced.
Speaking to the LBO after Rusin was found guilty of fraud, Mr Morley said: “He’s a lying, cheating, selfish, manipulative bully.
“He is evil and has caused a lot of stress and made things very difficult for us.
“He has no conscience because he had no problem lying and taking other people’s money.
“I will never forgive him, but I have moved on, I moved on months ago.
“He has only been in the forefront of my mind in the past week because he has been in court, but now he has been sentenced I can put it behind me.”
On Thursday, St Albans Crown Court heard that four victims had lost around £95,000 due to Rusin’s deception, some of which had been paid back by him, but £72,000 was still outstanding.
By convincing them that he was a successful city banker and stockbroker Rusin managed to persuade his victims to part with the cash, but it was a lie and the money was used to fund his own extravagant lifestyle.
The 52-year-old builder, who is married with two sons, could not be at Rusin’s sentencing as he was helping his parents move closer to his home after his father suffered a heart attack last month.
Mr Morley said: “I am pleased he has been punished now but he might not even serve a year and that’s my problem; that he won’t serve his full sentence.
“I would love to have seen him banged up for five years, but we’ll be lucky if he does a year.
“I nearly lost my house and ended up taking on extra jobs working seven days a week to get back on track.
“But we will manage, we’ll get through it, because that’s the kind of people we are.
“If anything I am now less trusting of people, but that was just me, it’s how I have always been.”
The Tring conman pleaded guilty to four offences of fraud by false deception during a four-year period between June 2007 and July 2011.
Rusin was jailed for a total of three years and seven months.