A SERIAL fraudster who scammed a 90-year-old man out of cash with a sob story has been jailed for 14 months.
Craig Perks, 33, was also given a lifetime anti-social behaviour order (Asbo) banning him from knocking on strangers’ doors after he cheated a pensioner in sheltered accommodation in Horbury.
Prosecutor John Bull said Perks told the pensioner he needed money for an operation. He claimed he had saved up some cash but needed an extra £29 for the medical procedure.
Leeds Crown Court heard how Perks started to sob and pretended to be distraught. The victim handed over £5 and some coins and later felt embarrassed about the way he had been conned by Perks on November 30 last year. Police arrested Perks, of Ranters Fold, Horbury but he kicked out and caught a police officer on the side of the head.
The court also heard about another incident where Perks claimed to be collecting for injured service people and a local church.
In a further scam he told a housewife he had cancer and was dying. He falsely claimed payment for some gardening work, which was never requested.
Perks admitted three charges of fraud and one of assaulting police.
Tim Stead, mitigating, said Perks was truly sorry for what he’d done and had been taking a “disastrous” cocktail of drink and drugs.
Judge Scott Wolstenholme, passing sentence, said the con on the 90-year-old man was a “very mean offence and people rightly regard this sort of conduct with revulsion”.
The judge said the Asbo was to protect the public. It means Perks can’t enter properties and gardens of people he doesn’t know. Nor can he seek charity donations from strangers.
Insp Jo Mercer, of the North West neighbourhood police team, said: “The sentence reflects the seriousness of the offences. This male preyed upon vulnerable members of the community.”