Conwoman pretending to be a police officer told pensioner she would arrest him for molesting a child if he didn’t hand over his bank card and PIN number
- Kathleen Perry, 57, tricked the man at his front door in September
- She then drove off with her associate, Emma Fuggle, to a nearby ATM
- Perry also targeted a 69-year-old woman who lived alone and stole £210
- Perry was found guilty on four counts of theft and two counts of fraud by false representation at Maidstone Crown Court
- Fuggle admitted her part in the fraud and will be sentenced at the court on January 16
A conwoman pretended to be a police officer and told a pensioner she would arrest him for molesting a child if he didn’t hand over his bank card and PIN number.
Kathleen Perry, 57, of Acorn Place, Maidstone, Kent, tricked the man at his front door in September before driving off with her associate, Emma Fuggle, to a nearby ATM.
She took out two lots of £250 and returned the card to the elderly man saying she would be back the next day.
But her victim realised what had happened and called his family to say he was robbed.
Kathleen Perry (left) tricked an elderly man in September before driving off with her associate, Emma Fuggle (right), to a nearby ATM
A month earlier, Perry had targeted a vulnerable 69-year-old woman who lives alone in Maidstone, Kent.
She knocked on the door pretending to be from social services and told the woman that her neighbour, who had recently died, had ordered some bedding which needed paying for.
She said the dead woman’s family would reimburse her if she handed over her bank card and PIN number.
The woman did so and Perry and Fuggle went to a nearby Sainsbury’s to withdraw one lot of £120 and one of £100.
After receiving reports of the fraud, officers saw Perry on CCTV withdrawing the cash and later found the clothes she had been wearing in her home.
She was arrested and charged with theft and fraud and has been remanded in custody since.
The pair were captured walking via Ring Doorbell footage through a residential area. Fuggle (left), Perry (right)
But she refused to attend in person at Maidstone Crown Court for her trial as she thought she was supposed to appear by video link.
District Judge Stephen Leake decided to continue the trial in her absence which heard from both victims.
The elderly man said: ‘I didn’t give permission to use the card. I thought she was taking it to her sergeant to check.’
The female victim said: ‘I gave her my PIN number. I thought she was from social services and I could trust her.
‘A few minutes after she left I checked my online banking and then I cancelled the card.’
Ring Doorbell footage shows Perry, wearing an orange top and a ivory jacket and Fuggle, wearing a grey sweatshirt and holding a stack of paper, walking through a residential area.
Perry gave a no-comment interview to officers but did name co-defendant Fuggle as her associate and blamed her for some of the offences.
She even suggested the elderly man had given her the cash in exchange for sexual favours.
Perry was found guilty on four counts of theft and two counts of fraud by false representation.
Judge Leake said he was sure it was Perry who had targeted both victims, adding: ‘Ms Perry did this with the intent to obtain the bank cards. She has a very long record and I am sending the case to crown court for committal to sentence.’
Perry has at least 17 convictions for fraud by false representation and was previously jailed at Brighton Crown Court for six years.
At age 50 she was convicted of five counts of fraud and two of breaching anti-social behaviour orders after preying on elderly victims.
Fuggle has already admitted her part in the fraud and her case has been sent to Maidstone Crown Court for sentence on January 16.
Perry was remanded in custody and will be sentenced there on a date to be confirmed.
Perry (right) was found guilty on four counts of theft and two counts of fraud by false representation
Fuggle has already admitted her part in the fraud and her case has been sent to Maidstone Crown Court for sentence on January 16
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