Fraudster Sentenced to 3 Years for Conning Army Veteran Out of Life Savings

Agnes Hewitt, 63, was sentenced to 3 years in prison for defrauding victims, including an army veteran, of £192,649 between 2012 and 2018. Hewitt posed as a lawyer, promising large payouts, and used fake paperwork to convince her victims of her legitimacy.

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Fraudster Sentenced to 3 Years for Conning Army Veteran Out of Life Savings

Fraudster Sentenced to 3 Years for Conning Army Veteran Out of Life Savings

Agnes Hewitt, a 63-year-old woman from Bellshill, Lanarkshire, has been sentenced to 3 years in prison for defrauding victims, including army veteran George Ross, of £192,649 between 2012 and 2018. Hewitt posed as a lawyer and promised large payouts to her victims, leaving George's widow unable to afford his funeral costs.

Why this matters: This case highlights the vulnerability of elderly individuals, particularly those with dementia, to financial fraud and exploitation. It also underscores the need for stricter regulations and oversight to prevent individuals from posing as legal professionals and taking advantage of unsuspecting victims.

Hewitt spun a web of lies to George Ross, assuring him she could secure a £500,000 payout from an employment dispute. She demanded an additional £10,000 from him while he was gravely ill in hospital. "She took everything he had. After he died, I didn't even have enough money to bury him. I will never forgive that woman for what she did. Not only did she rob us of our life savings, she robbed me of my husband," said Agnes Ross, George's widow.

Agnes Ross overheard Hewitt's phone call to her husband and alerted the authorities, leading to Hewitt's conviction. "She knew he had dementia. She was taking money off George for a tribunal that didn't even exist. She lied about everything. She even lied about her own husband being dead," Agnes Ross added.

Hewitt also duped another couple, Michael and Clare Dooley, out of £140,000, falsely promising them a windfall of millions from a legal case. "She bombarded us with phone calls and called Michael at length every day for seven years. There was no let-up, no escape. Whenever we wanted to drop the case, she would say it's for your kids. You owe it to them to secure their future," left said Clare Dooley.

Hewitt listed herself as a solicitor on her marriage certificate in 2018, but was never registered as a Scottish solicitor. Falsely claiming to be a solicitor is a criminal offence. She had previously been convicted of embezzling £11,000 from her employers in 2017. Hewitt used fake paperwork, named lawyers, legal processes, and judges to convince her victims of her legitimacy.

Agnes Hewitt's calculated deception devastated the lives of her victims, leaving them financially and emotionally shattered. Her callous exploitation of a vulnerable army veteran with dementia and his grieving widow stands as a particularly egregious example of her parasitic conduct. As Hewitt begins her prison sentence, her victims are left to pick up the pieces and rebuild their lives in the wake of her destructive fraud.

Key Takeaways

  • Agnes Hewitt, 63, sentenced to 3 years in prison for defrauding victims of £192,649.
  • Hewitt posed as a lawyer, promising large payouts to victims, including army veteran George Ross.
  • George's widow was left unable to afford his funeral costs due to Hewitt's fraud.
  • Hewitt also duped another couple, Michael and Clare Dooley, out of £140,000.
  • Hewitt falsely claimed to be a solicitor, using fake paperwork and legal processes to convince victims.