Ipswich woman who conned vulnerable Essex victim out of £105,000 ordered to pay most back

Roseanne Oakley

Roseanne Oakley - Credit: Archant

A “callous” con artist who stole the life savings of a woman with learning difficulties has been ordered to repay more than £92,000.

Roseanne Oakley, formerly of Woodland Way, Ipswich, groomed the 68-year-old victim into believing she was her best friend and invited her to live with her in a caravan in Felsted, Essex.

The victim sold her home and Oakley took control of her bank account, quickly draining it of all the cash over a period of two months.

In total, Oakley stole £105,000 from the “vulnerable” woman.

Oakley, 45, was jailed in May 2016 after admitting one count of theft. She is currently serving a four-and-a-half year sentence.

At a confiscation hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act held at Chelmsford Crown Court on Tuesday, Oakley claimed the stolen money had mostly been used to fund a cocaine habit.

However, the judge did not accept her explanation.

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Based on her available assets, she was ordered to pay back £92,365 to the victim within three months.

If she does not, she will face a further 18 months in jail, to be served consecutively to her current sentence. The money will still need to be paid.

Detective Chief Inspector Morgan Cronin, of the Serious Economic Crime Unit, said: “Oakley manipulated a vulnerable woman and claimed to be her friend, yet stole her entire left savings and left her destitute.

“Her actions were reprehensible and callous.

“We will use legislation under the Proceeds of Crime Act to try and ensure criminals do not benefit from their offending, and that victims such as the lady in this case are given back what is rightfully theirs.”

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