A broker from Devon has been ordered to repay the £35k he owes a boat owner or face going back to jail

A fraudulent yacht broker from Devon has

been ordered to repay a motorboat owner £35k or face going back to prison after

he sold her vessel and tried to pocket the money.

Christopher Webster of D2 Marine forged

papers for the 24ft Doral Elite 235 and then spent months deceiving the boat’s

owner, telling her it was at his yard in Totnes when it had in fact been

shipped to Spain.

The 55-year-old had been instructed to sell

the woman’s yacht for £43,000 in October 2010, but after it failed to sell she

dropped the price to £36,000 in June 2011.

Mr Webster sold the yacht a month later for

£35,000 and pocketed the money after his business got into financial


He was jailed for 12 months in November

last year after admitting fraud at Exeter Crown Court.

A judge has now ordered Mr Webster to repay

the money or go back to jail for a year after rejecting his claim that he owned

no assets.

Mr Webster returned to court for a hearing after

it was revealed that he owned a share of a flat with his wife, along with

several vehicles.

Judge Cottle said: “In my judgment the

decision to put the flat in Torquay under the name of his wife was not in

pursuance of an agreement between them but a simple attempt to put the property

out of reach of his creditors.

“The defendant says a number of vehicles

were registered in his name for insurance purposes only and he does not own any

of them. In my judgment he has failed to prove this.”  

Mr Webster claims that the cars are owned

by other members of his family and were put under his name so he could insure

them all on one policy.

Judge Cottle has given the defendant six

months to repay the £35,000 and imposed a 12-month jail term in default.

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Pictured: D2 Marine office in Torquay