Conman who stole £160,000 from a pensioner is jailed

26/03/2012

A man today was sentenced to five year’s imprisonment following his guilty plea at Birmingham Crown Court to conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation after stealing nearly £160,000 from a pensioner

Gary Turner, aged 41, was part of a criminal conspiracy which targeted the 83 year-old victim last year.

David Parsons, Senior Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said: "This was a cruel and elaborate fraud in which Gary Turner conspired with others to dupe the victim into making at least 10 payments of several thousand pounds each, totalling approx £160,000.  This was money the victim had invested to live on through his retirement.

"Embarrassment and fear of repeat victimisation are reasons why older people may not report crime.  However, on becoming suspicious, this victim did the right thing by going to the police and reporting his concerns.  

"There is a lot that prosecutors like myself can do to enable, encourage and support victims and witnesses at all stages of a case. Some older people may be intimidated by the court process, so prosecutors can apply for special measures like screens in court to prevent a victim seeing the defendant.

"Today's conviction is important in showing that the CPS takes the criminal mistreatment of older people seriously, and I urge anyone suffering criminal mistreatment to be confident that we understand the serious nature of these crimes, and to report them to police."