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Money launderers prosecuted

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12 July 2016

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A gang of money launderers have been convicted of laundering money after a vulnerable pensioner was conned out of £58,000 in a pitiless fraud.

A gang of money launderers have been convicted of laundering money after a vulnerable pensioner was conned out of £58,000 in a pitiless fraud.

The gang of three were investigated by Enfield Council's Trading Standards Team after an 80-year old man was defrauded out of the cash in 2014 after he was told unnecessary work was required on his house.

Christopher Sammon, 27, of Moorcroft Drive, Manchester, was found guilty on 9 June and sentenced to four years for two charges of money laundering at Wood Green Crown Court on 30 June. His sister Eileen Sammon, 29, also of Moorcroft Drive, Manchester, was found guilty of converting criminal property on 9 June and was sentenced to a 180-hour community order and was placed under a four-month long curfew and electronically tagged on 30 June. Their friend Jack O'Reilly, 27, of High Street, Dymchurch, admitted five counts of money laundering on 9 June and was sentenced to 10 months imprisonment on 30 June.

Trading standards officers investigated after the victim was asked to pay £52,000 to cover equipment costs, but after the money cleared his account he was asked to transfer the same sum to a different account and, believing he had been conned, alerted the Council.

Investigators found the work commissioned was completely unnecessary and traced the money to the accounts of Eileen Sammon and Jack O'Reilly and a third person who was acquitted of any wrong doing. In all £17,000 was withdrawn from the accounts before they were frozen.

Enfield Council's Cabinet Member for Environment, Cllr Daniel Anderson, said: "This was a despicable crime against a vulnerable elderly person, so I am very pleased that the people behind this cruel crime have been found guilty and punished in this manner.

"We will not tolerate confidence tricksters preying on the elderly in Enfield. Our Trading Standards Team are always watching and we will always prosecute those people who think it is acceptable to prey on the elderly and vulnerable in this manner."