Trowbridge man admits cheating pensioner out of tens of thousands of pounds

Wiltshire Times: Trowbridge man Shaun Salat has admitting cheating a pensioner out of tens of thousands of pounds Trowbridge man Shaun Salat has admitting cheating a pensioner out of tens of thousands of pounds

A Trowbridge man who cheated a pensioner out of tens of thousands of pounds has been warned he could be facing a jail term.

Shaun Salat, 32, admitted six counts of fraud, one of theft and two money laundering offences when he appeared at Swindon Crown Court on Friday.

He pleaded not guilty to a charge of theft relating to a second man and prosecutors said they are considering whether to seek a trial on that matter.

Salat, of Sleightholme Court, stole £7,915 in cash and withdrew £22,060 from a 65-year-old's bank account in October last year.

He also transferred £9,500 of the man's money from a genuine bank account to a fraudulent one.

Salat also applied for loans, and got goods, using the elderly man's bank details in April, October and November last year.

He denied stealing a flick knife, car keys, and an ornamental German military dagger from another man in November.

Hannah Squire, prosecuting, asked for a week to decided whether to seek a trial on that charge and Judge Douglas Field adjourned the case to May 30.

He released Salat on bail on condition he lives at his home address, observes a night time curfew, does not contact witnesses and stays out of Southwick.

And he warned Salat: "The fact that I am granting you bail should not be taken as any indication of the final outcome of the case."

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