Ten plead guilty over bank card scam targeting elderly

From top left to right: Justin Reis, John Skelly, Iain Hall, Aaron Leacock and Tarno Reid. From bottom left to right: Sharon Cummings, Scott Hutson, Paul Bennett, Patrick Bennett and Mark Leacock.
Image caption Clockwise from top left: Justin Reis, John Skelly, Iain Hall, Aaron Leacock, Tarno Reid, Mark Leacock, Patrick Bennett, Paul Bennett, Scott Hutson and Sharon Cummings

Ten people have pleaded guilty to conning elderly people out of thousands of pounds by posing as bank employees and couriers.

The nine men and one woman appeared at Guildford Crown Court earlier, jointly charged with conspiracy to commit fraud by false representation.

In total the group managed to obtain £125,757 and made further failed attempts to obtain £94,219.

The gang persuaded pensioners to hand over their bank cards and Pin numbers.

They have been remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 6 and 7 September

Surrey Police said they received more than 100 reports of offences and attempted offences in Surrey, London, Sussex and Kent between April 2011 and February 2012.

'Wealth of evidence'

Det Ch Insp Paul Rymarz, who led the investigation, said: "The guilty pleas today reflect the wealth of evidence that we have against these individuals and I would like to pay tribute to the tenacious and meticulous work conducted by the team who worked on this investigation.

"I hope this demonstrates that we will relentlessly pursue those who deliberately target the most vulnerable and elderly members of our communities for their own gains and ensure they are brought to justice."

The ten people who pleaded guilty are:

Mark Leacock, 43, of Church Road, Crystal Palace

Scott Hutson, 23, of Headley Drive, New Addington

Iain Hall, 48, of St James Road, Croydon

Paul Bennett, 44, of Ferndale Crescent, Carshalton

Aaron Leacock, 24, of Starling Close, Croydon

Justin Reis, 33, of Beaver Close, Anerley

John Mark Skelly, 34, of London Road, Enfield

Patrick Bennett, 27, of Cinnamon Close, Croydon

Tarno Reid, 36, of Alexandra Drive, Lambeth

Sharon Cummings, 41, of Belvedere Road, Lambeth

One other defendant, Mark Packham, 32, of Chetwode Road, Tadworth, did not enter a plea and remains on bail in connection with the investigation.

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