Couple get life savings back after theft – News stories


An elderly Sydney couple who were robbed of their life savings by a gang of roof scammers will get their money back.

The man, 93, and his wife, 91, were tricked on March 3 into paying a gang of conmen for roof repairs that were never carried out at their Haberfield home.

The scammers watched the woman take out money to pay them and they returned the next day to steal a cash tin containing the couple’s savings of thousands of dollars.

On March 12, police arrested a 38-year-old British national, an alleged principal in the scamming operation, who was later jailed by the Parramatta District Court for at least a year for “dishonestly obtain financial advantage by deception”.

The man agreed to hand back the money as part of his sentence and investigators will return the savings to the couple in the form of a cheque on Friday.


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