19 May, 2021 @ 13:30
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Heartless fraudster cons elderly Benidorm lady of over €40,000 in bogus search for remains of parents killed in the Spanish Civil War

Heartless fraudster cons elderly Benidorm lady of over €40,000 in bogus search for remains of parents killed in the Spanish Civil War
February 13, 2020, Madird, Spain: Pictures of missing people during the dictatorship of Francisco Franco (1936-1975) are seen during the protest..Around hundred people gathered in Madrid to protest against immunity for the crimes committed during the Spanish Civil War, and the Francisco Franco's dictatorship, one day after the Spanish Government announced that will finance the exhumations of the disappeared during this period. (Credit Image: © Jorge Sanz/SOPA Images via ZUMA Wire)

A conman swindled €43,600 from a 91-year-old Benidorm woman in a bogus search to find the remains of her parents who died in the Spanish Civil War.

The 54-year-old fraudster overheard the woman talking with friends in a Benidorm bar about her search for a burial site in the Cordoba area of Andalucia.

He chipped into the conversation and offered to help her as he boasted of army ‘contacts’.

Between 2017 and 2019, he took payments from the elderly lady to cover his non-existent inquiries, including a false claim for a DNA test in London.

The woman remained convinced for two years that the helpful man was going to bring her some closure and was prepared to carry on paying him.

Her friends intervened as they suspected that she was being scammed.

The fraudster was arrested by the Policia Nacional in November 2019.

A plea deal at an Alicante court means he got a two year jail sentence, suspended for five years.

He has also been ordered to pay back €25,000 to the woman in monthly €500 instalments.

The court warned him that if he skipped a payment or committed another crime, then he would be jailed immediately.

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