Jail warning for conwoman, 53

A CONWOMAN with a history of fleecing lonely men through lonely hearts columns is facing jail after admitting targeting another victim.

Loraine Upritchard, 53, has already been in prison after conning Eastbourne pensioner Leonard Hesling out of thousands of pounds.

Upritchard recently used her familiar method of placing a lonely heart advert to draw in an 81-year-old widower.

She conned James Saunders out of thousands of pounds by telling him that she was awaiting probate to be granted on her late aunt’s estate.

Upritchard, who now lives in Surrey, pleaded guilty at Lewes Crown Court to two counts of fraud and four counts of stealing cheques from Mr Saunders between February 2008 and October 2009.

Full details of the case were not opened but the judge, Paul Tain, warned Upritchard that all sentencing options will be considered.

She was granted conditional bail and will have to reappear for sentencing on July 5.

Her guilty pleas came almost four years after she avoided jail at the same court for duping widower Len Hesling from Eastbourne, out of £2,200.

Upritchard lured him in after placing an ad reading, ‘Lovely, bubbly, attractive blonde widow, 50, seeking mature gents aged 60-70 for caring friendships, relationships and maybe more’.

Upritchard was sentenced in 2007 to a community order and told to pay Mr Hesling £2,200 compensation after admitting one count of obtaining property by deception and of failing to surrender to court.

But she was jailed for 12 months in 2009 after breaching the terms of the community order.