An investigation carried out by City of York Council and North Yorkshire Police has successfully prosecuted five individuals who stole £61,980 from an elderly resident in York.   The investigation involving North Yorkshire Police and Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation service, began following concern the victim was being financially influenced.   The investigation was conducted following the victim’s request for a social care package from City of York Council, who noticed the victim had a lack of funds despite the recent sale of a property.

On Wednesday 6 March, Doncaster Crown Court heard how the five defendants befriended the now deceased victim, and persuaded the victim to make two members of the group financial Power of Attorney in August 2012.  

One male, (aged 41 formerly of York) stole £27,480 from the victim and his stepfather, (aged 83 of Weston Super Mare) received £7,500. His mother (aged 67 also of Weston Super Mare), became a Power of Attorney over the victim’s financial assets.   A third male (aged 44 of Pontefract) and his wife (aged 44 also of Pontefract) received £27,000 of the victim’s money, which the victim believed was intended to invest in a business. 

The male formally of York pleaded guilty to theft on 29 March 2018 and was given a suspended 18 months’ custodial sentence, as well as a 4 month curfew and 18 months’ probation period.   His stepfather pleaded guilty to theft in August 2018 and was given a suspended nine month custodial sentence and a 4 month curfew.   His Mother pleaded guilty to misconduct of public office at Doncaster Crown Court on Wednesday 6 March 2019 and was given a 12 month community order and three month curfew.  

The third male pleaded guilty to acquiring criminal property to the value of £27,000 and converting criminal property. He was given an 18 month community order and a four month curfew.   His wife also pleaded guilty to converting criminal property and was given a 12 month community order and a four month curfew.

We encourage anyone with any information on fraudulent activity to phone the fraud hotline on 0800 9179 247 or email fraud@york.gov.uk

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