Money Given To Scammed Pensioner

25 September 2018, 13:05 | Updated: 25 September 2018, 13:09

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An elderly victim of fraud has been paid back more than £2,000 following a successful application under the Proceeds of Crime Act.

A pensioner from Gillingham who was tricked into believing she had won £750,000 on a lottery that didn't actually exist, and paid so-called 'clearance charges' in order to receive her winnings has been paid back more than 2 thousand pounds.

The woman in her 80's reported what had happened to Kent Police when the fictional prize money never arrived.

After a woman was convicted in connection with the scam, detectives decided to put in an application under the Proceeds of Crime Act. which was successful.

At a court hearing on Thursday 20th September 2018, Maidstone magistrates ruled that £2,440 cash found under the bed at the London home of the convicted woman, who was also charged with money laundering, should be forfeited and given to the pensioner.

They also agreed that the money plus interest should be paid back to the victim following a submission by financial investigators from the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate.

A 26-year-old man from Wembley who was also arrested in connection with the scam received an identical sentence on the same date.

Detective Inspector Annie Clayton of the Kent and Essex Serious Crime Directorate said: 'Our financial investigators use the Proceeds of Crime Act to ensure offenders are not allowed to reap the rewards of money earned through criminal acts, but also as in cases such as this to help compensate those most affected.

'Those responsible for setting up scams routinely target the most vulnerable members of society including the elderly, and the victim of this case is just one of many who are preyed upon on a daily basis. I hope the money she will now receive back is of some comfort to her.'