Fraudster jailed

NORTH EAST LINCOLNSHIRE

30 Jan 2020

A 23-year-old man has been jailed for two years after he defrauded an elderly family member out thousands of pounds.

Harrison Davies, of Stanley Street, Grimsby was sentenced at Grimsby Magistrates Court on Monday, 27 January after he pleaded guilty to the offences last month.

Davies used the 79-year-old victim’s bank cards to fraudulently order items from a variety of different companies online without the cardholder’s knowledge or permission.

During the course of our investigation we uncovered Davies also completed a Humberside Police online complaint form, posing as the victim. He texted the investigating officer and stated that he no longer wanted to pursue the case, of which he was given a four months sentence for perverting the course of justice, which will run concurrently to the two years.

Detective Sergeant Ian Potter, from our Criminal Investigation Department, said: “Davies’ actions were absolutely deplorable. He preyed on a vulnerable victim, stealing money from her to spend on himself.

“I want to thank the victim for her cooperation throughout the investigative process. Protecting vulnerable people is one of our main priorities and we are committed to bring anyone that targets those members of our community to justice.

“I am pleased he is now behind bars and I would encourage anyone who believes they may have been a victim of this type of offence to please get in touch.”