A man on the run from Milton Keynes has been jailed in his absence for 12 offences of serious fraud.
John Clifton Davies, whose last known address was Dean Forest Way in Broughton, defrauded nine companies of a total £750,000 over six years.
The 53-year-old claimed to be an insolvency and business advisor and targeted distressed businesses.
After gaining their trust he took money due to the company creditors – and spent it on designer clothes, a new Range Rover and luxury holidays.
His dishonesty resulted in numerous people losing their jobs, livelihoods and companies, say police, who spent more than two years collating evidence against him.
On Tuesday Davies failed to turn up for trial at Aylesbury Crown Court. The judge sentenced him to serve eight years in prison.
Investigating officer Detective Constable Stephanie Burleigh said: “Although I am pleased with this sentence, it is now vital that we trace Davies so that he can serve his time.
“He has deliberately absconded and I appeal to anyone who knows of his whereabouts to contact police.”
She added: “Davies has led a flamboyant lifestyle on the back of these despicable crimes which have caused so much misery up and down the country.
Adrian Foster from the Crown Prosecution Service said: “Serial fraudster Davies effectively ran a business to defraud, exploit, and extract money from vulnerable victims. He was motivated purely by money and greed.
“He is clearly a very selfish, dishonest and callous man. The offences committed are despicable, pitiless and heartless.”
> Anyone with information can call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.