Carer sentenced to six years for defrauding elderly and vulnerable victims

06/11/2013

Maria Anderson, of Thornton Heath, was convicted today at Blackfriars Crown Court of five counts of fraud, two counts of theft and two counts of removing criminal property. She was sentenced to six years imprisonment.

Baljit Ubhey, CPS London Chief Crown Prosecutor, said: "This was a heart-breaking case where two elderly ladies, Victoria Francis and Maria Hylton, lost their whole lives' savings.

"Maria Anderson preyed on these vulnerable women and abused her position of power as their carer. After gaining their trust and embedding herself into their lives she took control of their finances and their property. She then went on to defraud Mrs Hylton's son, Errol Satchwell."

Detective Inspector Shaun White, from Lambeth's Public Protection Unit (PPU) added: "Anderson is a calculating individual who preyed on vulnerable elderly adults. Instead of helping those who needed it most, she defraud unsuspecting elderly victims of their savings for her own benefit.

"The victims and their families can now be assured that justice has indeed been done. I hope this sentence sends out a warning to others that we are determined to pursue anyone involved in this type of criminality and bring them before the courts."

Anderson defrauded her victims of at least £600,000 and gained power of attorney over Mrs Hylton and Mrs Francis' financial affairs in order to profit from the sale of their properties.

Ms Ubhey added: "As the Hate Crime Champion for the CPS I am committed to ensuring that CPS London continues to work with its police partners to stop crimes against older people and bring perpetrators to justice.

"It is important to us that crimes against older people are reported and prosecuted and that older people have equal access to justice.

"We hope that Anderson's conviction will give other elderly victims greater confidence in the criminal justice system."

Note: This is a joint press release between CPS London and the Metropolitan Police Service