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Kidderminster fraudster targeted pensioners
8:40am Monday 9th September 2013 in News
A KIDDERMINSTER fraudster has admitted targeting pensioners and tricking them out of cash by using a sob story claiming that his wife was sick in hospital.
Darren Hemmings appeared at Dudley Magistrates Court last Thursday, where he pleaded guilty to six counts of fraud.
He was arrested the day before by West Midlands Police CID detectives, who were investigating a spate of bogus caller reports in Stourbridge and Halesowen throughout July and August.
Det Con Thomas Cunningham-Smith said: "We were looking into several very similar offences, all committed in a small geographical area, which we linked from early on.
"Hemmings used the same story for most of his crimes, claiming that he needed cash for a taxi in order to visit his wife, who was sick in hospital. On one occasion he claimed his truck had broken down. He specifically targeted elderly people."
His victims were aged between 79 and 94 and he would get away with anything up to £150.
When his sob story failed, Hemmings, of Hurcott Road, Kidderminster, would try to intimidate his victims. He targeted one elderly man on Douglas Road in Halesowen, who refused to give him cash, so Hemmings squared up to the pensioner, scaring him into handing over £20.
The 43-year-old left empty handed, however, when he targeted one pensioner on Castle Grove on August 10, who bravely turned him away after reading about bogus callers in her local newspaper.
The charges against Hemmings relate to addresses in Hagley Road, Marlborough Drive, Castle Grove and Eton drive in Stourbridge, as well as Narrow Lane and Douglas Road in Halesowen.
He was remanded in custody to appear at Wolverhampton Crown Court for sentencing on October 3.