Fraudster who created web of lies to cover up £69,000 thefts from his girlfriend, her children and her elderly mother is jailed for three years
PUBLISHED: 15:24 20 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:37 20 March 2017
A callous fraudster who stole £60,000 his girlfriend had saved from the sale of her house, took cash from her young children and shamelessly defrauded her 83-year-old mother out of another £8,000 has been jailed for three years.
Timothy Simson, 29 – who used to live in Knebworth before moving to Priory Road in Barnsley – was sentenced at Cambridge Crown Court on Friday after earlier being convicted by a jury of two counts of theft and four of fraud.
Passing sentence, Judge Gareth Hawkesworth described Simson’s behaviour as ‘deliberate and manipulative to the extreme’ and ‘a callous and grotesque breach of trust’.
An investigation by the Eastern Region Special Operations Unit found that Simson had stolen the proceeds of a house sale amounting to £60,000 from the bank account of his girlfriend – now aged 46 – while he was in a nine-year relationship with her.
He used her bank card nearly every day over a 14-month period to withdraw maximum cash limits of £300.
He also stole more than £8,000 from the victim’s 83-year-old disabled mother – who died in 2013, during the time Simson was defrauding her – by taking her credit card for ‘shopping errands’ and using it to steal cash.
He also took out a number of fraudulent payday loans and credit applications in her name, leaving her in substantial debt.
During police interviews and in court he created a web of lies to try to explain his crimes.
He invented stories about the financial ombudsman supposedly investigating the cases, also telling of fictional High Court appearances, and falsely asserting that Hoares Bank was set to provide £2 million in compensation.
Simson was also convicted of stealing £20 from his partner’s children – who were 10 and 13 years old at the time.
He was furthermore found guilty of using a former friend’s banking details without consent and lying about £13,000 he gave to him – saying it was the result of a lucrative property deal he was involved in, when in fact it came from the money he stole.
Simson was convicted on December 2, 2016, after a two-week trial.
Det Con Emma Landucci, who is based with ERSOU and investigated the case, said afterwards: “Timothy Simson duped his victims for his own significant financial gain and I am pleased he has been convicted and will now spend time in prison.
“The victim is relieved at the conviction both for herself and her children and for obtaining justice for her mother.
“She has described his actions as an ‘overwhelming betrayal’ which will take many years to overcome.”