Six defendants sentenced for heartless fraud on 92 year old North Yorkshire resident

13/02/2015

Wendy Bell and Amanda Carroll, the ringleaders of a gang who systematically defrauded an elderly lady of her life's savings, were sentenced to three years six months and three years five months at Bradford Crown Court today, with four co-defendants given sentences ranging from a community order to a 15 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

Julian Briggs, Senior Crown Prosecutor, Complex Casework Unit, CPS Yorkshire and Humberside said:

"These defendants were corrupted by greed and perpetrated a cruel and heartless crime.   They mercilessly defrauded a 92 year old lady of over half a million pounds, through massively overcharging her for their supposed service as her 'carers'.  None of the defendants was a qualified carer, and the ringleaders of the enterprise then brought in more of their friends as the fraud escalated, and even ran a burger van business from her home.

"It is hard to imagine a more catastrophic and disrespectful breach of trust. They took complete and callous advantage of this lady's vulnerability and systematically defrauded her of her life savings.  These defendants thought they could get away with their wrongdoing, but they did not, and the sentences handed down today make it very clear what the consequences of such behaviour can be.  Our role at the CPS is to seek justice for victims such as Mrs Hammond. I hope that the sentences handed down today are of some comfort to her."