Fraudster sentenced for conning vulnerable Surrey pensioner


A man has been sentenced to four years imprisonment after pleading guilty to stealing around £90,000 from the account of a vulnerable Ashford pensioner who suffered from dementia and has since died.

Guildford Crown Court heard that William Reidie wrote a series of cheques from Alan Fry's account. The fraud came to light when one of Mr. Fry's daughters noticed a number of cheque stubs.

Chief Crown Prosecutor for CPS South East Jaswant Narwal said: "This was a cowardly crime in which the defendant exploited a vulnerable man, who has since tragically died, to plunder his pension and savings plans.

"Mr. Reidie befriended the victim on the pretence that he was providing sound financial advice and proceeded to con his victim, who was suffering from dementia, out of tens of thousands of pounds.

"I hope this sentencing brings some comfort to Mr. Fry's family, now that they know the man responsible for this appalling fraud has finally been brought to justice."