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A young man locked in a cage after being involved in a cheating incident

A young man was put in a cage after he took part in a fraud two years ago.

Robert Barr appeared at Airdrie Sheriff Court on Wednesday, May 29, and was sentenced to 21 months in prison.

The 27-year-old was detained by officers in June 2022.

He previously pleaded guilty to committing a fraudulent scheme to obtain “substantial sums of cryptocurrency.”

After the hearing, Chief Inspector Andy Maclean, senior investigating officer at Police Scotland Cybercrime Investigations, said Barr’s sentence sent a “clear message” that his behavior would not be tolerated.

He said: “This was a significant and complex cybercrime which had a significant impact on those involved.

“Barr believed he was clever because he was able to commit these crimes, but through our investigations we were able to disrupt his ability to steal the funds he was accessing.

“Barr’s ruling sends a clear message to those engaging in such behavior that this type of behavior will not be tolerated.

“We are fully committed to bringing criminals to justice to further protect our communities and we hope this outcome provides some comfort to the victim.”