A couple have been jailed for more than four years after preying on a vulnerable woman in Chester.
Daniela Filipache and Gulit Tudor, both aged 23, of Aspen Road in Liverpool, were each sentenced to two years and four months in prison at Chester Crown Court on Tuesday, August 30.
A third person, Dafina Gheorge, aged 28 of Aspen Road, Liverpool, had earlier pleaded guilty to theft from the victim at Chester Crown Court on Friday, June 10. She received a four month custodial sentence.
The court heard how on Thursday, March 24 Cheshire Police were alerted by Natwest Bank after the 70 year old victim wanted to withdraw £25,000 to give to a woman she didn’t know to help her buy a property. The woman, Filipache, was arrested on the same day.
On Tuesday, April 5 Gheorge chased the victim around a shop in Chester asking the woman for money and was arrested while Filipache was re-arrested. Both women were charged with conspiracy to steal and remanded in prison.
Further investigation identified Tudor as a co-conspirator and he was arrested and charged on Friday, May 27 and remanded in custody.
The investigation uncovered that the offenders had stolen £5,400 from the victim before attempting to steal £25,000.
Detective Inspector Karen Jaundrill, of Chester CID, said: “As a result of an extremely thorough and professional investigation, I am pleased these individuals have been brought to justice after taking advantage of a vulnerable woman.
“These types of offences can have a huge impact on victims and we will continue to protect and improve the quality of life for our community.”