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Man jailed for defrauding elderly couple out of more than £81,000

Abdul Rimaaz Credit: Cambridgeshire Police

A man who defrauded an elderly and vulnerable Cambridgeshire couple out of £80,000 has been jailed for two years.

Abdul Rimaaz, 34, of Stotfold in Hitchin, had offered to build a walk-in wet room at the couple’s property in Steeple Morden near Royston, and work began in April 2015.

However, the work was poor quality, worth only about £6500, despite Rimaaz quoting them £14,000 for the job and the total amount taken through bank transfers, cheques and credit card balances was more than £81,000. He left them with just £25 in their accounts.

The couple were already struggling as the man was suffering from dementia. He died in February last year.

He was jailed for two years at Cambridge Crown Court after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation and possessing a bank card for use in connection with fraud.

Rimaaz behaved despicably, befriending and then manipulating this vulnerable couple in order to exploit them for this own gain.

The money he was taking from the couple’s account left them penniless and workers at the property broke their washing machine, meaning the lady had to hand wash clothes.

The case reflects how seriously this type of fraud, targeting vulnerable people, is treated by police and the courts.

– Det Sgt Andrew Gaunt-Warner