A crooked estate agent left two pensioners “destitute” after fleecing them out of £260,000 to prop up his failing business.
Darren Aston, of Union Road, Shirley, wormed his way into the affections of the 92-year-old woman and her 87-year-old friend by running errands, taking them on hospital visits and cooking them Sunday lunch. But, after being awarded sole Power of Attorney over their assets, he drained their bank accounts to keep his Yardley-based Key Moves business afloat.
The scam was exposed when the 92-year-old told a social worker Aston may have cashed in £30,000 worth of premium bonds.
West Midlands Police unearthed cheques and banker’s drafts made out to Key Moves, totalling almost £160,000, plus a pattern of sizeable cash withdrawals. The 42-year-old claimed much was a private loan agreement he intended to pay back. He pleaded guilty to dishonestly making a false representation at Birmingham Crown Court on Monday. He will be sentenced on February 21.