It is not every day that we read news like this, although we certainly would like to see this more often!
This week the press made notice of a Stockport couple who defrauded the elderly and vulnerable out of more than £600k in “shocking” scam.
Sean Thompson, 49, and Caroline Preston, 38, duped victims into paying fees for non-existent legal work after wrongly telling them courts in Portugal and Spain had given ‘judgement’ against the notorious Club Class timeshare empire which collapsed in 2012.
They told the victims that the liquidators of the seven businesses collectively known as the ‘Club Class companies‘ were completing the winding up process, and subsequently confirmed investors who paid thousands each would not receive any damages.
Police said Thompson and Preston befriended their victims and even concocted stories about family bereavements before persuading them to transfer money. In total the amount of £653,674 was defrauded by this couple.
On July 16, Thompson, of Churchill Crescent, Reddish was sentenced at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court to six years and six months after pleading guilty to fraud and money laundering.
Preston 39, also of Churchill Crescent, Reddish, was sentenced to three years after pleading guilty at an earlier hearing to fraud and money laundering.
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