NEWS

27 Nov 2014

John O’Higgins, leading Nina Ellin successfully prosecute in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000

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John O’Higgins and Nina Ellin have successfully prosecuted 13 defendants in a fraud case where elderly victims were defrauded of over £250,000. The charges involved the systematic targetting of particularly vulnerable elderly victims who were deceived into believing that their properties needed drainage repairs. As well as the fraud of pensioners’ money, significant money laundering charges were also brought as the defendants had also recruited individuals to receive money into their bank accounts and withdraw as cash.

At Hove Crown Court today and yesterday, the 13 defendants were sentenced, five of them to a total of 22 years imprisonment.

John O’Higgins and Nina Ellin, as leading and junior counsel, were commended by the trial judge for the clarity of their presentation of what was a complex case.

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