Yorkshire businessman Jonathan Brudenell fined for car insurance fraud after being released from prison


Jonathan Guy Brudenell, 51, appeared in York Crown Court on Monday and pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by making a false representation. A third charge, which he denied, was allowed to lie on file.

Mr Brudenell was found guilty of failing to disclose convictions for serious fraud which led to a nine-year prison sentence in 2014 to his car insurance provider, Esure, during a claim, and also failed to inform them of the speeding convictions he acquired in 2018 and 2019.

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As he remains on license for the 2014 sentence until June, he was given 28 days to pay a £500 fine or risk being sent back to jail.

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Judge Simon Hickey added that his criminal record was a “serious aggravating factor” in the case.

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The court heard the once-millionaire businessman now works with his partner and earns around £500 a week.

Mr Brudenell, who lives in Sandsend, near Whitby, was first investigated by police in 2009 after he was declared bankrupt.

He made his money in real estate, hotels and aviation – and owned stakes in The Feversham Arms and The Black Swan in Helmsley.

Money given to him by associates to invest on their behalf was instead spent paying his own debts.

In 2014 he was sentenced to another three years at Teesside Crown Court for tricking women into giving him money after he met them on the Sugar Daddy dating site. He pleaded guilty to eight other counts of fraud.

In 2017, his ex-girlfriend Alexandra Subris was also imprisoned for fraud and money laundering.

Mr Brudenell previously lived in a mansion in Nawton, near Helmsley, and a flat in the village of Scarcroft, near Leeds.

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