Teen fraudster nets £37k through rental scams

Teen fraudster nets £37k through rental scams


The son of a former world champion bowler has been jailed for his latest fraud activitity, a property scam which saw students swindled out of £15,000.

The fraudster, Cameron Corsie, son of Richard Corsie, constructed an extravagant flat rental scam, taking deposits and rent for plush flats in Edinburgh which he did not own.

Corsie previously admitted 17 charges of fraud and one of attempted fraud before being sentenced at Edinburgh Crown Court on Tuesday 26.

Corsie pretended he had the rights to let out flats at various addresses across Edinburgh, attempting to let out flats on Simpson Loan, Moat Street, Drummond Street and Millar Crescent. The fraudster managed to obtain deposits and rental payments from the victims, who were mainly students. He encouraged his victims to transfer money to bank accounts he had set up for the scam.

In addition to the property scam, Corsie also sold fabricated T in the park music festival tickets, and told another victim he was raising money to halt the closure of Edinburgh’s St Margaret’s School.

The nineteen year old managed to obtain £15,765 in his recent seven month scam. However, this will be the second time the teen has been sent to prison, having begun re-offending a mere eight days after his previous detention for a series of fraudulent activities which totalled £22,000. 

After being given an eight month sentence in March last year, Corsie was released early on June2. According to the Edinburgh Evening News the conman ‘used forged and stolen cheques to steal money from his victims’ bank accounts and used the cash to fund gambling, hotel rooms and parties.

The seven month scam, which occurred between June 10 last year and January 17 this year came to light when Corsie arranged over the telephone to visit a landlords Holyrood flat with the intention to rent the property. Despite using a fake name, Corsie was unable to conceal his identity as the landlord recognised his voice, having been a pupil at St George Heriot’s school, where he was in the same year as her son.

After admitting to using a fake name (‘Campbell Wilson’) Corsie assured the landlord that he had no intention of scamming her. The landlord, who asked the Edinburgh Evening Post not to be named, decided to “take him at his word”, letting the apartment out to Corsie.

Going against his word, Corsie conned Sofia Jiang, 20, into giving him £300 to rent the apartment in January. The scam was revealed when Sofia Jiang arrived at her new apartment and found the real owner inside.

Upon sentencing Corsie, Sheriff Graeme Warner said: “You are a nasty, dangerous, horrible person. The only way to deal with you is to take you out of circulation. You are not to be trusted. These are truly grotesque crimes perpetrated to some extent against vulnerable victims, people who are desperate for schools to stay open, people desperate for accommodation and kids desperate for tickets to a pop concert.

“You tell them all the most incredible lies. The only offending you have been involved in is fraud, again and again and again. You must have started planning these various different matters while you were still in custody.”

The Edinburgh Evening News reported that Corsie, ‘who has also been given community service as well as detention for similar offenses in the past, previously admitted 17 charges of fraud and one of attempted fraud at Edinburgh Sheriff Court’.

The Edinburgh Evening News has reported that the teenager’s Commonwealth Gold-winning father Richard Corsie, who is also an MBE, wishes to be ‘disassociated from his son’.

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