A fraudster from Cirencester has today been found guilty of posing as a barrister to dupe unsuspecting victims out of money.
Michael Cremin, who is 41-years-old, worked as a paralegal but advertised himself as a barrister and was even listed on a chambers website.
He said that he had a law degree from the University of London although he had no legal qualifications.
Cremin even threatened to sue one of his victims for defamation when she questioned his actions.
He preyed on one victim breast cancer sufferer Sandra Burch, 51, from Salisbury in Wiltshire, and scammed nearly £100,000 from her and her partner.
Ms Burch had sought legal advice after deciding to buy a plot of land to help a pal who was being evicted.
She turned to Cremin after researching his credentials online and being satisfied he was legitimate.
Rather than helping the vulnerable woman, Cremin pocketed the cash she believed she was investing, and bought a series of cars.
Cremin spent £29,000 on a Volkswagen Scirocco, and acquired at least 14 high-end cars on finance - with a total value of over £330,000.
The greedy fraudster was described by police as a "fantasist".
Cremin was convicted of six counts of fraud and one count of pretending to be a barrister after a trial at Bristol Crown Court.