John Pulsford-Brooks found not guilty of £87,000 fraud

A man from Suffolk has been cleared of stealing £87,000 from an elderly couple who had granted him power of attorney.

John Pulsford-Brooks, 46, from Woodbridge, was found not guilty of fraud at St Albans Crown Court.

He had been trusted with the finances of Douglas Oaken, 92, and Joyce Oaken, 85, from High Cross in Hertfordshire.

A jury found that Mr Pulsford-Brooks had not abused his position of trust and that his access to the couple's bank accounts was valid.

Mr Pulsford-Brooks had taken over the finances after Mr Oaken started to suffer poor vision and was unable to read bank statements, the court heard.

He had known Mr Oaken for about 40 years and was given power of attorney over the couple's affairs in December 2008.

Mr Pulsford-Brooks had been accused of fraudulently taking money from the couple's bank accounts between January and October last year.

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