A man who cheated his lover out of her life savings after convincing her to sell her home was jailed yesterday.
David Price (42) persuaded Paula Jones to hand over the £50,000 proceeds so they could buy a home together, a court heard.
The court also heard the couple even discussed buying ponies for her children.
Price pleaded guilty to 14 fraud offences including dishonestly obtaining two mortgages and a Land Rover car, and illegally claiming housing and incapacity benefits.
His fraud was worth more than £400,000, the court heard.
Price was sentenced to four years in prison.
Lee Reynolds, prosecuting, told Newport Crown Court that Price met Ms Jones, from Abergavenny, South Wales, over the internet in 2001. After the sentencing, Detective Inspector Paul Evans, head of Gwent Police Fraud Squad, said: “The case highlights the potential dangers of meeting people through the internet and putting misplaced trust in them.”