Policeman stole from Sheffield OAP, 94

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A South Yorkshire policeman has been warned to expect a jail sentence after he admitted stealing more than £20,000 from a vulnerable pensioner he befriended.

Jonathan Leonard Webb, a police constable, also accepted forging a will in the name of the 94-year-old woman from Sheffield and stealing from two other people when he appeared at Leeds Crown court.

Webb, aged 45 of Sterndale Road, Millhouses, Sheffield was remanded on conditional bail until October 10 for sentence.

Judge Guy Kearl QC told him: “You will be fully aware and I am sure you will have been fully advised as to the inevitability of a custodial sentence following your pleas particularly when you were a police officer at the time the offences took place.

“I will however adjourn sentence on you for the preparation of a pre-sentence report I think it will assist the judge in due course to learn more about your background to decide the appropriate sentence pass upon you.”

Webb admitted five charges of fraud by making false representations to financial institutions on the 94-year-old’s behalf.

He claimed to Scottish Widows he had authority to close an account in her name, claimed to Skipton Building Society he was authorised to close an account in her name and transfer funds elsewhere and fraudulently told Santander and Nat West he had authority to apply for cash or debit cards in her name.

Webb also admitted in the fifth charge of fraud between August 1 and 21 November last year making a false application to HBOS that he was authorised to apply for online banking facilities on behalf of the pensioner.

He also pleaded guilty to stealing £16,710 from the victim’s Santander account, stealing £4,855.35 from her Nat West account and stealing £1,360.17 from her HBOS account.

Between June 1 and December 20 last year he admitted making a will which he knew to be false in her name.

The ex-policeman further admitted the theft of military medals from a man called John Dixon and stealing £1,000 cash and $500 belonging to another woman, Lisa Lambert.

He denied a charge of misconduct in a judicial or public office by abusing his position to befriend the pensioner and prosecutor Alisha Kaye told the court that plea was acceptable to the Crown.

Sam Green, defending, applied for a report saying he was a man of previous good character whose ‘personal life would benefit from probation analysis despite the fact he knows he is going to prison’.