21st August 2023

Suffolk TS on trail of convicted fraudster

Wayne Parker has been on the run since February after being found guilty of fraud offences.

By JTS Staff
Journal of Trading Standards' in-house team

Suffolk Trading Standards is urging a convicted fraudster to hand himself in and is appealing to the public to help find him.

Wayne Parker (36), of Mildenhall, was found guilty in October 2022 of fraudulently obtaining more than £765,000 in credit from suppliers. An arrest warrant was issued when he failed to appear in court in February 2023.

Parker had presented himself as a livestock owner which enabled him to obtain credit from a wide range of companies. He often made no attempt to settle his debts and, when he did, repeatedly sent cheques that would bounce.

Since going on the run Parker is known to have been using the Match.com dating website and has also been hiring cars in a bid, it is believed, to avoid detection by the police. He has links to west London, with his last known address being in Feltham. He is known to have carried out work across Suffolk, Norfolk, Cambridgeshire and Surrey.

Recent intelligence suggests that he may also be working in Wales and there are links to him being in Somerset.

Graham Crisp, Head of Suffolk Trading Standards, said: “Mr Parker has repeatedly said he would return to Suffolk to face the consequences of his actions but, so far, he has failed to do so.

“He knows it is only a matter of time before the law catches up with him and we would strongly urge him to hand himself in sooner rather than later.

“In the meantime, we would ask anyone with knowledge of his whereabouts to contact us.”

Anyone who has seen Parker or knows of his current whereabouts should contact Suffolk Trading Standards via email on tradingstandards@suffolk.gov.uk


Update: Parker was arrested after being stopped by a traffic officer near Basingstoke, Hampshire, on August 31. He will be sentenced on 19 September.

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