Fraudster jailed for conning the elderly

Liam Schneider

Liam Schneider

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A career conman who preys on vulnerable people is going back to jail after defrauding the elderly once again.

Liam Schneider (40), who was previously jailed in 2010 after admitting targeting more than 100 vulnerable pensioners, struck before Christmas by asking for money to pay for deliveries which he was expecting.

Schneider, of no fixed abode, conned one victim from Walton out of £200 on November 3 before being arrested 16 days later by the police Hate and Harm team.

The fraudster then pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud at Peterborough Crown Court which each earned him two years in jail, although the sentences will run concurrently.

DC Justin Howard, who investigated, said: “It was clear that Schneider was targeting vulnerable people such as the elderly and disabled.

“He came across as very genuine and believable but took advantage of the victims’ goodwill and took their money without hesitation.

“The result sends a clear message that this type of crime will not be tolerated and we will continue to protect victims of crime and bring offenders to justice.”

Schneider has a long record of fraud dating back to at least 2010 when he admitted tricking more than 100 victims, including vulnerable pensioners, out of cash.

Schneider, then of Dunstan Court, Eastfield, Peterborough, appeared at Peterborough Crown Court to be sentenced on one count of burglary and one count of fraud.

But he also asked for a total of 109 cases of fraud and attempted fraud to be taken into consideration, with one of the victims being a 94-year-old woman.

On that occasion, he was jailed for four years.

In 2011, Schneider struck again by returning to a previous victim to steal nearly £800, leading to a further two year jail term after his barrister told the court he could not say anything to defend his client.

And in March 2014, Schneider was given another two year sentence after he knocked on the door of an 86-year-old Alzheimer’s sufferer in Orton Malborne, claiming to need money for gas and electric. When she handed him £3 he asked for more and she gave a further £5.