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War veteran swindled £312,000 from elderly

Ian Maxwell (seen here wearing glasses) at Caernarfon crown court Credit: Rob Formstone

A Falklands war veteran was jailed for two years today for cheating three elderly women out of £312,000.

61-year-old Ian Maxwell, from Wrexham, admitted seven counts of fraud in Caernarfon crown court.

The court heard how he made the women believe he was investing in their savings. One of the women, his aunt, a dementia sufferer, was left £10,000 overdrawn.

It is believed the former RAF flight commander spent some of the money on jewellery and an expensive car.

The defence barrister John Wyn Williams told the judge it was a tragic day for Maxwell and his family. Counsel said: ”He stands before you a broken man. From his high achievements in life he’s spiralled down to the bottom.”