A FRAUDSTER who falsely claimed to be selling advertising space on a Saints calendar has been jailed.
Colin Moore (pictured) was rumbled after a club official made a complaint to the police.
St Helens detectives then also uncovered further frauds committed by the 53-year-old against Prescot Cables, Southport FC and Nantwich FC - as well as numerous individuals across the North West.
Moore was subsequently charged with six counts of fraud by false representation and six other charges brought as a result of a simultaneous Cheshire and North Wales police investigation.
Following a three-week trial, he was found guilty of all 12 charges, by a majority verdict, and jailed for the maximum term available for the type of offence - three years.
Moore’s crimes were exacerbated by the length of time he spent defrauding his victims, his intent - from the outset - of tricking his victims and his previous convictions for similarly dishonest offences.
A Liverpool Crown Court judge described Moore, of September Road, Cabbage Hall, Liverpool, as “a professional confidence trickster”.
DC Michelle Wilson, of St Helens CID ,said: “Colin Moore used the good name of St Helens rugby league club to sell non-existent advertising space in a non-existent calendar.”