Gambler Simon Neil Miles stole £22,000 from vulnerable Dewi Davies
Simon Neil Miles, 31, plundered more than £22,000 from vulnerable Dewi Davies, 84, a family friend of his partner,
More than £10,000 came from Mr Davies’s burial fund, which he would have used to pay for his funeral and a plot next to his mother in Capel Iwan, Carmarthenshire.
Miles, who admitted fraud by false representation, was jailed for 12 months and also ordered to pay a £100 surcharge.
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Speaking after the sentencing at Swansea Crown Court, the victim’s niece Gillian Morgan said: “He had put money aside to buy a burial plot next to his mother in Capel Iwan which is where he was from – now there’s only 97p in there.
“He never wanted to be cremated, but now we just cannot afford to buy the plot he had set his heart on.
More than £10,000 came from a fund Mr Davies had set up to pay for his funeral
“We just cannot believe someone could have done such a thing to such a vulnerable person – Uncle Dewi trusted Simon with his money and he goes and does that.”
He never wanted to be cremated, but now we just cannot afford to buy the plot he had set his heart on
Gillian Morgan, niece
She added: “I thought he’d have received a longer prison sentence. He has upset our family terribly – him going to prison will not change anything in our eyes.
“Uncle Dewi is my mother’s sole surviving brother – they’re the only ones left out of 11 children. This has hit her very hard.”
At an earlier hearing Aberystwyth magistrates’ heard that between 1 November 2013 and 1 August 2014, Miles, took over £22,000 by transferring money from Mr Davies’s bank account and premium bond account, into his own bank account.
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Miles was jailed for 12 months and ordered to pay a £100 surcharge
He completed documentation enabling him to access Mr Davies’s accounts and had set up an online password which he had sent to his own home.
Kevin Challinor, prosecuting, said Mr Davies had been living alone at his home and relying on family and friends to help him following a stroke in 2012.
But in 2014 he was moved into a care home after he was diagnosed with dementia.
And when a financial officer with Ceredigion County Council carried out a review of Mr Davies’s finances he discovered suspicious activity with a reference to a company called Oaktree Mobility.
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The firm said Mr Davies had bought a bed from them, but had paid by cheque.
A police investigation found Miles, from Sarnau, Carmarthenshire, had transferred thousands of pounds from different accounts belonging to Mr Davies into his own.
In an initial police interview he claimed that he had been helping Mr Davies and he had set up the online password at his request.
He said he had transferred money to his own account to pay for items requested by Mr Davies and would give any remaining money to him.
The fraud was discovered through a police investigation
However, in a second interview he admitted he had not been honest and admitted having gambling debts and using money without Mr Davies’s permission.
Iestyn Davies, defending, said when Miles had started the fraud, Mr Davies had not been diagnosed as having dementia.
He said Miles had realised he had a gambling problem and had been trying to win money to be able to pay him back.
He said: “He’s thoroughly ashamed of himself and it is something that is difficult to put right in secret.”
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