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Conman freed early from prison after paying just half of £1.2million confiscation order


A CONMAN dubbed the “Lord of Fraud” has been freed early from prison — despite paying back just half of a £1.2million confiscation order.

“Lord” Hugh Rodley, who bought his title at auction, was jailed for seven years in 2012 for fleecing 741 pensioners out of £6million.

He got a further seven years in 2016 for failing to produce £1,236,000 due to be repaid to victims.

Rodley, 73, has been released even though he managed to pay back just £630,437 from his share of the sale of his £1million home in Gloucester.

He still owes victims £606,215, plus accrued interest of £441,367.

The CPS insisted yesterday it will “pursue the rest”.

But David Spencer, of the Centre for Crime Prevention, said: “Once again the rights of the criminal are being put before those of his victims.

"This odious fraudster has not repaid all the money he was ordered to by the court and many of his victims are still out of pocket.

"But despite this, he is now free to enjoy the fruits of his ill-gotten gains.

“This cannot be considered justice.”

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