Heartless conwoman jailed again

Loraine Upritchard

Loraine Upritchard

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A SERIAL conwoman is back behind bars after getting up to her ‘old tricks’ of befriending elderly men through lonely hearts columns before fleecing them of their savings.

Loraine Upritchard, from Surrey, was this week jailed for three years for defrauding an elderly widower of thousands of pounds. Upritchard, 53, has already been in prison after conning Eastbourne pensioner Leonard Hesling.

She used her familiar method of placing a lonely heart advert to draw in 81-year-old widower James Saunders out of thousands of pounds by telling him she was awaiting probate to be granted on her late aunt’s estate.

Upritchard pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to two counts of fraud and four of stealing cheques from Mr Saunders between February 2008 and October 2009. She took more than £11,000 from the elderly and vulnerable man, making false promises to repay him, and also stole four cheques from him.

Previously, Upritchard placed adverts for two years after setting up a private box number and was caught out after befriending 67-year-old widower Leonard Hesling.

She met him twice, obtaining a loan of £1,200 on the first occasion, and £1,000 on the second.

Upritchard gave him an IOU but never repaid the money.

When he realised she had taken his cash, Mr Hesling hired a private eye to track her down and then called in police. Detectives asked him to set up a final meeting.

Upritchard (above) asked Mr Hesling to give her more money and her husband drove her to Eastbourne where he left her outside a supermarket. She was standing there waiting for the rendezvous when police arrived and arrested her.

Upritchard told police she hated men and had taken the money because she was down on her luck.