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A criminal from Leicestershire has been jailed after conning an elderly man out of £192,000.

Ashley Challis, of Brindley Close, Stoney Stanton, was sent to prison for 16 months after cheating the 84-year-old out of the money. The 26-year-old pleaded guilty to money laundering and was jailed at Kingston Crown Court last week. The court heard how Challis was arrested after a suspicious bank manager called the police.

On October 18, 2013, police were called to Lloyds TSB, Claremont Road, Surbiton, by the branch manager reporting that an elderly man was requesting to withdraw large amounts of cash. Two detectives from Kingston CID were in the area when the call came out. They attended the bank and spoke to the pensioner who seemed confused. Bank staff told detectives that the man had withdrawn £192,000 from his account over just five months. The elderly man told detectives that the money had been withdrawn to pay for building works at his home. The detectives discovered that no building works were on-going and this man had been a victim of a scam.

A spokesman for Kingston Police said the investigation was complex with a number of leads being followed up in various parts of the country. Challis was eventually arrested in Leicestershire by detectives from Kingston Police. He was charged with two offences of money laundering and a trial was set to be heard at Kingston Crown Court. But Challis pleaded guilty and was jailed on May 7. The Kingston Police spokesman said: "The case shows strong determination from Kingston's detectives investigating a complex matter that took a number of months to locate and deal with. We would like to thank Leicestershire Police and Lloyds TSB for their assistance in our investigation."

Details from Leicester Mercury









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