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Tougher sentences urged for fraudsters who target vulnerable

Tougher prison sentences could be brought in for those who swindle money out of vulnerable victims, like the elderly, the Sentencing Council has said. They want victims placed at the centre of new guidelines for fraud, money laundering and bribery.

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Victims of fraud 'lose much more than money'

Victims targeted by fraudsters lose "much more" than money, and that is why sentencing needs to be tougher, a high ranking Judge has said.

Sentencing Council chairman Lord Justice Treacy explained:

Fraudsters are in it to make money, but for their victims it can mean much more than losing money.

Our research with victims showed the great impact it can have on them, so the guideline puts this impact at the centre of considerations of what sentence the offender should get.

– Lord Justice Treacy

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