Sentencing of fraudsters for £225,000 scam postponed for six weeks
PUBLISHED: 14:51 23 May 2019 | UPDATED: 15:30 24 May 2019
The sentencing of two fraudsters who ripped off almost a thousand students by selling fake nutrition courses has been postponed until July because of court delays.
Serial scammer Scott Wolfe, 38, and partner Katie Hope, 34, set up the online courses for nutritionists which duped around 900 people across the world into handing over a total of £225,000 for qualifications which never existed.
The victims, from countries including Canada, South Africa, Singapore and New Zealand, lost around £200 each.
The couple, from Unthank Road, Norwich, were meant to be sentenced on Thursday afternoon at Norwich Crown Court but the case was delayed until July 1 because of court delays.
Judge Katharine Moore postponed the case this afternoon because she still had not heard cases which had been scheduled for the morning.
Wolfe and Hope admitted fraudulent trading at a hearing in February through a company called International Distance College Ltd which traded as The Nutrition School.
They claimed that the nutritionist courses were expertly written and recognised by the NHS and international bodies.
They also claimed that the courses were accredited by an independent body, the British Nutrition Council.
But in reality the British Nutrition Council was set up by Wolfe to lend false credibility to The Nutrition School.
Wolfe, who goes by several aliases, including Lord Scott Austin, Scott Cameron and Scott McKay, was also charged with forgery by faking a document in 2015 claiming to be from the Department of Health.
Wolfe was charged on two other counts of transferring criminal property.
He has 14 previous convictions for dishonesty.
The prosecution was brought by Norfolk County Council Trading Standards.