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Swansea Fraud Case

A former leader of the Green Party in Wales has avoided jail

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Martyn Shrewsbury has been made the subject of a suspended prison sentence for lying to creditors during the run up to bankruptcy.

It's after he admitted twice making false representations to creditors about the true state of his finances.

Shrewsbury also admitted fraudulently disposing of £75,000 worth of assets within 12 months of petitioning for bankruptcy.

The 54 year old, of Llantwit Road in Neath, was jailed for 32 weeks, suspended for 18 months, and ordered to carry out 250 hours of unpaid work for the community.

Swansea crown court heard that Shrewsbury, who twice stood for Parliament in Swansea west, ran into financial difficulties in 2007 while running a psychotherapy business.

Shortly afterwards he inherited £75,007 following the death of his mother Miriam but still pretended he could not pay all his debts.

At one stage he had assets of £114,000, including £32,000 in six bank accounts,

In June, 2009, he was made bankrupt by HM Revenue and Customs, his main creditor, and by then almost all his assets had been dispersed.

Shrewsbury's barrister, Ian Ibrahim, said his client had got his priorities wrong and had looked after his family before paying his debts.

He said he had run the Green Party in Wales for four years.

Judge Peter Heywood said Shrewsbury had led his creditors "a merry dance."

He said he hoped HM Revenue and Customs would continue to chase Shrewsbury and that one day they would get their money.

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