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FRAUDSTER CARER JAILED IN THE UK

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Detective Constable Emma Maders of GMP’s Criminal Investigation Department stated that Petula Hatzer, residing on Mortlake Drive in Manchester, had been sentenced to 1 year and 1 month in prison after admitting to 10 counts of fraud by false representation and 1 count of Fraud by Abuse of position at Minshull Street Crown Court on March 13, 2024.

Hatzer, who had been caring for the victim for approximately 17 years, was arrested in 2021 following allegations made to the police by another caregiver. This caregiver had expressed concerns in October 2020 about Hatzer opening credit card and catalogue accounts in the victim’s name over several years. The victim, who is extremely vulnerable and receives round-the-clock care, had never possessed the capacity to open such accounts.

After receiving the report, detectives initiated an investigation and discovered evidence of 10 accounts opened in the victim’s name. Hatzer was subsequently arrested, and various credit cards and letters were seized from her home. During initial questioning, she admitted to the fraudulent activities but showed little remorse. Subsequent interviews yielded no comments from Hatzer.

DC Maders described the crime as particularly distressing, emphasizing that Hatzer, in her role as a trusted caregiver, had exploited the victim’s identity for personal financial gain. Hatzer not only opened fraudulent accounts but also accessed the victim’s existing bank account, depriving her of funds intended for daily necessities.

The impact on the victim’s family was profound, as Hatzer had been considered a part of their family. DC Maders assured continued support for the family, acknowledging the emotional trauma they experienced. She urged community members to report similar instances of exploitation, emphasizing the importance of protecting vulnerable individuals.

SOURCE: UK POLICE DEPARTMENT

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