Blackmailer told to pay £4,000 to victim
A MAN jailed for conning a widow out of £16,000 by pretending social workers were going to take her children away has been ordered to pay back almost £4,000.
John Jones and his partner Natasha Goodyer were jailed in September for three-and-a-half years and two years respectively for blackmail and breaching a suspended sentence.
Jones, 26, of Trent Street, Alvaston, told the victim he had a friend in social services and that he had learned there were plans to take her three children away. He said if she paid him, he would arrange for the computer records to be deleted.
Goodyer, 24, of Magellan Way, Wilmorton, sent text messages to Jones, pretending to be a social worker. At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act Jones was ordered to pay back £3,854. He has six months to pay or faces a further three months in prison.