David Dragomir charged over defrauding elderly people

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A man has been charged with targeting elderly people in distraction thefts and frauds across Northern Ireland.

David Dragomir, 28, was arrested in Liverpool on Friday by detectives investigating offences against pensioners using bank machines and shop debit card systems.

The Romanian national, with an address at Prosser Street in Wolverhampton, faced a total of 12 charges at Belfast Magistrates Court.

He was remanded in custody.

The alleged offences were carried out at locations in Belfast, Craigavon and Lisburn during May and June this year.

Mr Dragomir is accused of stealing bank cards belonging to four women and a man, and making false representations to cause loss to each of them.

He is also charged with driving without insurance or a licence.

A detective constable told the court she could connect him to the charges.

No questions were put to her by a defence solicitor during the hearing.

Mr Dragomir is expected to apply for bail when he appears in court by videolink next week.