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Money Reclaimed From Weymouth Fraudster


11:40am 12th February 2014

More than £4,500 has been reclaimed from a Weymouth man who defrauded two elderly people in his care.

A 52-year-old former mental health support worker Symon James West pleaded guilty to the offences back in July last year.

West borrowed £4,649 from a vulnerable elderly man in his care and took £80 from another victim by falsely claiming her was raising money for charity.

He was sentenced to 25 weeks in prison by Dorchester Crown Court.

Dorset Police have got the money back under the Proceeds Of Crime Act.

Sadly both victims have since passed away but the money will be reimbursed to their estates.

Detective Sergeant Andrew Kennard, of Dorset Police's Economic Crime Unit, said: "We will take every available opportunity to deprive criminals of their illegal gain to directly compensate victims of crime, ensuring offenders are held to account and victims are put first.

"We hope this sends out a clear message to offenders that they will be dealt with through the courts and forced to pay for their crimes."

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