Conman jailed after impersonating broker

by Adam Smith23 Dec 2013
A convicted con artist who impersonated a mortgage broker - among other things - now faces nearly 10 years in jail.

Gabriel Werden, a Victorian man who posed as a mortgage broker, solicitor, conveyancer and real estate agent simultaneously, was convicted of fraud totalling nearly $6m, The Herald Sun has reported.

Werden, who at one point changed his name by deed poll to Robbie Rocket, used women's voices and disguises to conceal his identity, and managed to fool homeowners into providing him with personal and banking details. He then used the details to secure mortgage loans against their homes, and withdrew money in cash from ATMs around Melbourne.

County Court Judge Howard Mason called Werden's conduct "callous", The Herald Sun reported.

"People were prepared to put their trust in you and most applicants appeared quite desperate."

COMMENTS

  • by Old Joe 23/12/2013 8:51:16 AM

    Nice one ... he got caught.. I like that...not ended up somewhere in eastern europe or russia..

  • by Keith of the West 23/12/2013 9:52:45 AM

    What a ratbag!

    I only have sympathy for the victims many I imagine are now financially ruined by these callous and selfish acts

  • by Denise Brailey BFCSA (Inc) 23/12/2013 11:35:27 AM

    Hopefully the Police will go after the Lender internal staff who approved the loans. Its takes two to tango.
    Some bad lending practices must have occurred for the mortgages to be approved.