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A 36-year old Dutch man conned thousands of pounds out of show jumpers and horse riding fans by claiming to be the son of a big boss at IBM. George Carlo Schouten of Finchampstead, Berkshire said his old man was helping out by sponsoring his show jumping team, a Reading court heard yesterday. He convinced one of Britain's best …

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£360 per day?

£360 per day? £93600 per annum?

I guess with a previous conviction for fraud, it was the only job he could get. And they say crime doesn't pay.

"Prison sentence was likely". He stole a minimum of £70000, and the sentence was "likely". How much does one need to steal to make it mandatory?

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360 per day

I have a feeling that's actually £360 a week before tax, even still it's a high wage, knowing the average wage for a stable hand is around £12-13k.

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log10 error

That's got to be £36 per day. Or I'm in the wrong job. Or my wife's not telling me something.

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WTF?

Error indeed.

There's that, plus the "playboy lifestyle" presumeably wearing IBM-branded jockey stuff. Doubt it gives you VIP access anywhere, and only access to clubs you don't want to be.

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I'm in the wrong job!

"His defending barrister said he wished to repay the money and was currently working as a labourer in a stables in Sussex for £360 a day."

£360 per day x 5 days per week x 50 weeks per year = £90K a YEAR as a LABOURER, where do I sign up, greedy bastard!

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£360 a day!

"[he is] currently working as a labourer in a stables in Sussex for £360 a day". Some mistake surely? That'd be upwards of 80k a year!

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How much?

£360 per day? As a labourer? It can't be that unpleasant shovelling horse shit that they need to pay that much...

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Even his barrister fell for his lies?

£360 a day for playing a stable hand? If that's even true it's before taxes. But knowing the guy's previously convicted for fraud, I don't believe a word of it.

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£360......

£360 a day? as a labourer?

I'm sure the barrister didn't think that sounded outrageous considering that barristers charge that by the hour.

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£360 a day for shovelling shit?

I'm in the wrong industry...

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WHAT ???

£360 a day, for shovelling shit !????

Pass me a shovel - I'm sooo in the wrong job...

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Another rags to riches story

>A 36-year old Dutch man conned thousands of pounds out of show jumpers and horse riding fans by claiming to be the son of a big boss at IBM.

He was claiming to be Bill Gates? Oh, wait, that was different sort of relationship.

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£360 a day?

£1,800 a week? £~86,000 a year? Screw IT, I'm off to muck-out stables!

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£360 per day?

And yes there is an echo!

Are there any jobs going? I wouldn't mind shovelling poo for that that wage.

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WTF?

I would shovel shit for that amount

read title

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What?!?

"His defending barrister said he wished to repay the money and was currently working as a labourer in a stables in Sussex for £360 a day"

This is a joke, right? Typo? Mis-print?

£360 PER DAY for shovelling shit? REALLY? I'm in the wrong job.

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The gullible...

and money are soon separated.

If a deal looks to good to be true, it is.

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360 quid a day to shovel shit!!!

Hand me a shovel!

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how much per day !!!

if you can £360 per day working in a stables mucking out horses sh*t i'm in the wrong profession.

i'm to find a new job.

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If he really is working in a stable and paying the money back

Then putting him in prison is a really bad idea. In prison he costs the tax payer £100 a day. It should be easy enough to stop him reoffending while he's on parole.

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You'll be his next victim ..

... if you believe things like that. The people I have known ordered to receive compensation from crooks never got a penny. The legal system is too overloaded to bother with things like that - unless you are prepared to pay a lawyer to pursue what will almost certainly be a wild goose chase.

Anyway, how could you (among others) expect to get £30k back from a guy earning only £360 a week (assuming that amount was meant), even with the best will in the world.

One-to-One compensation alone is no deterrent anyway. As long as the chance of getting caught AND having to pay back is <100%, committing the crime is a worthwhile deal for a crook.

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Confirmation required

Can El Reg please confirm the day rate, as I'm waiting to tell my boss where to stick the job so I can go and shovel shit for good money.

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I emailed the Telegraph ...

... in disbelief, and Andrew Hough replied;

Hello,

Thanks for your email.

Yes as unbelievable as it sounds, that is what his lawyer told the court yesterday. £20k in 3 months?

Cheers

Andrew

So c'mon you lot, bollox to IT, we've got shit to shovel!

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Finchamstead, Berkshire

OH MY GOD!... 1st time in god knows how many years of being an ever loyal reghead have I actually known someone spoken about in the news... I am from the Finchampstead area of Berky!!! how wierd

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