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Gravesend fraud conned dementia-suffering 92-year-old relative out of £300,000

PUBLISHED: 10:58 28 July 2017 | UPDATED: 11:07 28 July 2017

Graham Clark

Graham Clark

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He had told the distant relative he was spending the money on carer's fees

A “callous” Gravesend fraud who conned his relative out of £300,000 while she suffered with dementia has been jailed.

Graham Clark, 59, of Cross Lane West, spent three years acting as his 92-year-old victim’s financial carer between 2011 and 2014.

Claiming to be paying for her carer’s fees, the distant relative transferred £301,737.39 from the bed-bound pensioner’s bank account into his own.

A lengthy investigation saw Clark charged with fraud on November 11 2016.

He went on to deny the offence throughout the investigation, but changed his plea when he appeared at Kingston Crown Court on July 19, and was immediately jailed for five years and 10 months.

His victim has since passed away.

An investigation is now underway to seize all of the assets Clark managed to buy with his ill-gotten gains.

Det const James Coldham from Bromley Police’s CID said: “Clark abused his position of trust after gaining access to his victim’s bank accounts and savings bonds, callously siphoning off thousands of pounds a week for his own personal use.”

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