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A man of Tolney Lane, Newark, and formerly of Hilton has been jailed





A man who fraudulently charged a pensioner with dementia more than £40,000 for carrying out minor work on his garden has been jailed.

Elliot Shaw, of Tolney Lane, Newark carried out a number of small jobs at the 88-year-old man’s home address over the course of several months in 2022, including removing a greenhouse, painting window frames and trimming bushes with all of the work carried out being of a poor standard.

The fraud came to light when a member of bank staff alerted police after the victim attempted to get a loan to pay Shaw for some of the work.

Elliot Shaw
Elliot Shaw

Checks found that transactions made by the victim matched incoming payments to Shaw’s bank account and showed that between July and December, Shaw took £42,000 from the man, demanding between £500 and £3,000 each time.

Shaw was arrested and subsequently charged with fraud by false representation.

The 34-year-old, formerly of Hilton, admitted the charge and appeared at Derby Crown Court for sentencing on 23 May when he was jailed for three years and four months.

PC Emily Carnan, who led the investigation, said: “This was a despicable and targeted attack on a vulnerable elderly man.

“Shaw took money from the victim many times, knowing that because of his dementia, he couldn’t remember paying him previously.

“Over the course of just a few months he took a huge amount of money for work which was not only vastly over priced but also incredibly sub standard.

“His repeated attempts to get more and more money from the victim are appalling, and show his complete lack of empathy for anyone.”

People who believe in having been a victim of fraud are advised to report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040 Monday to Friday 8am to 8pm.



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