Sentencing of Patrick Doran for fraud

Detectives from the Economic Crime Team have welcomed the sentencing of a man who defrauded a 74-year-old man of nearly £50,000.

Patrick Doran, 26 years, of Haymaker Close, Uxbridge was arrested on 8 August 2017 on suspicion of fraud after the victim, from Bootle, was conned out of his life savings.

Today, Doran was sentenced to two years, four months in prison for fraud.

Detective Inspector Graeme Towndrow, said: "Today's result concluded an extensive investigation by detectives from the Merseyside Police Economic Crime Team.

"Between 22 February 2017 and 26 June 2017 the 74-year-old victim was defrauded of £49,550 by a number of individuals including Doran who attempted to take a further £141,000 which was blocked by the bank.

"Doran initially targeted him by saying that he was a private investigator working with a judge from Manchester, telling the victim he was investigating fraud.

"He invited the victim to assist with his investigation, asking for his bank details and to write a number of cheques. Online and mobile banking was set up on the victim's account without his knowledge and money was transferred to a number of people throughout the Midlands and South of England.

"Doran won the trust of his victim and ruthlessly exploited that trust by taking large sums of money. It's hard to believe that anyone would stoop so low as to try and defraud elderly people out of money.

"This was a heinous and despicable crime targeting a vulnerable man in his seventies, who has now lost his life's savings.

"It can be absolutely shattering for victims, who may be elderly or have health issues which render them particularly vulnerable or who are naturally trusting, to fall victim in such a way.

"As a force, we are determined to protect vulnerable people from offenders such as Doran from the moment they call us or Action Fraud. We are training call handlers to identify victims at risk of exploitation at the hands of people like them and ensure they receive the most appropriate service, working with partners to provide the best support. We regularly visit the victims of fraud at home to provide additional support and advice to help prevent further offences.

“If you have, or are being subjected to fraud, or feel like you, or someone you care for, is being scammed, please get in touch.”

Anyone who is concerned that they may be a victim of this type of crime can contact Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111.

For advice on dealing with uninvited rogue traders, or bogus callers, to your home, you can contact the Citizens Advice Consumer Helpline on 0345 404 0506

If you’re suspicious, or think you have been a victim of a scam, call the Action Fraud helpline on 0300 123 2040.