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Man jailed for swindling elderly out of savings

Charles Casey jailed for conning elderly out of hundreds of thousands of pounds Photo: Thames Valley Police

A 21-year-old conman has been jailed for more than four years for swindling elderly people - including a man from Wokingham in Berkshire - out of hundreds of thousands of pounds.

Charles Casey, 21, from Rose Meadow View in Bristol has been sentenced to four years and eight months in a young offenders institution.

He conned an 88-year-old man from Wokingham in Berkshire out of his entire life savings in 2010 - an amount of around £360,000. Casey duped the senior citizen into believing that the roof of his houseneeded to have dehumidifying work done.

Reading Crown Court also heard that Casey was involved in the scamming of more than £100,000 from an elderly woman in Exeter and her 50-year-old son. Their home was worth less than £100,000. Casey had posed as someone who could help them retrieve money they were already trying to get back after having had expensive paving work done at the property.

In sentencing Casey at Reading Crown Court Judge Wood accepted that he had had 'limited involvement' in the con at Exeter.

Casey had approached Ronald Dew from Wokingham - who is now 90-years-old, calling himself Jeffrey Andrews and told the pensioner that his roof was in need of dehumidification in July 2010.

Daniel Fugallo, prosecuting, said the dehumidification work was "unnecessary", and told the court that Casey had asked for a "cheque for £18,000 as a deposit for the hire of dehumidifying machinery", which Mr Dew handed over.

Mr Dew was told the work would start soon, but it never did and according to Mr Fugallo the pensioner was "fobbed off", and asked to hand over another cheque for £18,300.

Casey had pleaded guilty to fraud against Mr Dew in a previous hearing, and plead guilty to convertingcriminal property with others for the amounts of £18,000, £18,300, £62,000 and robbery.

Although Casey is now 21, he will begin his sentence in a young offenders institution because of his age at the time he plead guilty. However he may be moved to an adult prison at a later date.