Swindled 90-year-old warns other pensioners after being fleeced of £360,000 life savingsBy Laura Herbert
January 15, 2013
A duped 90-year-old is warning other pensioners after he was conned of his £360,000 life savings by a cowboy builder.
Charles Casey was jailed for four years and eight months after targeting Ronald Dew in 2010, claiming his roof repairs caused damp and needed dehumidifying.
Casey, who went by the name Jeffrey Andrews, fleeced Mr Dew for £18,000 as a deposit for machinery, later taking a further £18,300 which he claimed was needed for ‘more powerful machinery’, Reading Crown Court was told on Thursday, January 3.
Casey told Mr Dew his deposit would be returned, but the cheques were cashed immediately.
Some of the payments Mr Dew made to Casey were traced to other three other men and formed part of the charges. A Crown Prosecution Service spokeswoman said: “The victim paid Casey in the region of £360,000.”
Mr Dew told The Wokingham Times: “I feel sick I was taken in by it. It’s had a devastating effect on our lives.”
He added: “Since it’s happened I have been watching carefully what I spend. I worked my whole life and was determined to save money so I would be able to look after ourselves in old age.”
Daniel Fugallo, prosecuting, said: “Casey told Mr Dew there was a way of jumping the queue and said if he divested himself and his wife of their assets then this and the deposit would be returned quickly. He said to tell the banks it was for personal matters. Mr Dew became concerned, being bamboozled with telephone calls offering to help sort matters out and telling him not to go to police.”
On January 17, 2011, Mr Dew agreed to hand over a further £13,000 in cash in a car park. He met Casey but when Mr Dew refused to hand over the money, he snatched the envelope, making off with £9,000. Casey, 21, of Rose Meadow View, Bristol, was identified as Jeffrey Andrews as his fingerprints matched those on the envelope.
The father-of-one admitted one count of fraud, one of robbery and money laundering £18,000 with Joseph Musa, £18,300 with Aaron Morris, and a £62,000 banker’s draft with John Millen. A further five counts of money laundering will lie on file.
Gavin Rofer, defending, said Casey had a troubled childhood. “He has had an opportunity to reflect upon his actions it was unforgivable, vile, appalling and he is sick with shame,” he added.
Casey also admitted conspiracy to commit fraud in relation to a second scam on elderly Edith Dobrijevic and her son Peter, who were conned of £100,000 in Exeter in April 2011.
He was also sentenced to 18 months for robbery, 18 months for each count of money laundering and two years for conspiracy to commit fraud, to run concurrently. Sentencing, Judge Nicholas Wood said: “It was a cynical, sophisticated, heartless, asset-stripping of a gullible man deluded of his entire life savings.”