Woman steals £800 from pensioner in fraud

A woman who defrauded hundreds of pounds from a vulnerable pensioner after lying to him has been jailed.

Michelle Green, of Wallsend, was charged with fraud by false representation after concerns were raised by social services about her relationship with a 61-year-old man.

I would strongly advise people to be mindful when giving money to anyone

North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey

The 35-year-old was jailed for 16 weeks at North Tyneside Magistrates Court after admitting the offences.

She was also issued with a two-year restraining order not to contact the victim.

During the investigation, it was established she duped her victim out of more than £800.

Speaking after the case, North Shields Neighbourhood Inspector Mark Storey said: “I welcome this conviction and I hope it sends a message to anybody who feels they can take advantage of vulnerable people in our society.

“We advise relatives and neighbours to keep an eye on elderly friends and loved-ones. If people are suspicious of any contact they may have had with strangers, please call the police.

“This has been a manipulative crime and the victim felt as though he was in a position to trust this woman.

“I would strongly advise people to be mindful when giving money to anyone.”