International conman jailed

A CONMAN who defrauded investors in 43 countries out of more than £4.5m has been jailed for two-and-a-half years.

Paul Slack, 32, was jailed at Derby Crown Court on Friday July 15 after pleading guilty to conspiracy to defraud and conspiracy to conceal criminal property.

His conviction follows a two-year international investigation by officers from Derbyshire Constabulary’s Economic Crime Unit.

The case first came to police attention in March 2009 when a man from Ilkeston contacted Derbyshire police as he suspected he had been the victim of a ‘boiler room’ fraud by people claiming to be from a company called Milton Hayward based in Japan. He had lost thousands of pounds to the fraudsters.

Officers investigating the case found victims in Europe, North America, Australasia and the Far East.