Janitor arrested for theft by a British man with memory problems

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Caretaker arrested for theft by a British man with memory problems. Image – National Police

The National Police arrested the caretaker of an elderly Briton for allegedly stealing his house and vehicle.

The 24-year-old suspect of Romanian origin is said to have taken advantage of the fact that he urged the 79-year-old British man, who suffered from memory problems, to sell his goods.

The investigation began on June 1 when officers from the Estepona Police Station received information from a bank’s fraud prevention department that they were concerned about an elderly man who wanted to withdraw € 44,000 to change a check for the sale of a house.

The older man, who suffers from memory and cognitive problems, had recently sold his house “well below market value”, apparently urged by his caregiver, according to the investigation.

The real estate agency mediating the sale, the notary who signed the contract and the buyers of the house did not notice the old man’s “confusion”.

Investigators asked the elderly man about the payment he received at the notary’s office and the sale of his parent company – he couldn’t remember either of these events. The victim’s apparent cognitive problems prompted officials to confirm that he had been the victim of a fraud.

The injured party is now in the care of his nephews and the Estepona court has taken over the investigation, according to Malaga Hoy.


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