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Sorry to hear of the issue.
It is possible to trace him - if you can do that, you could then sue him and bankrupt him if necessary. This way you can get something back - a lot of tracing agencies operate on a no trace no fee basis too. And their fee is low anyway.
I would recommend you start off with that.
Here are a selection of tracing agencies you could approach :
Any of these companies may be able to help :
Or if not, you can try a pro bono lawyer (who will not charge you) - https://www.lawworks.org.uk/ or /www.nationalprobonocentre.org.uk/finding-legal-help/
Here is another: https://www.lawcentres.org.uk
I hope this helps
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