Imprisoned: The silver charlatan who befriended his victims and then defrauded them

Payback time for Peter Holbrook, the affable 75-year-old con man

Peter Holbrook outside court(Ben Lack for the Daily Mirror)

Old people trusted the savings of the silver-haired, bespectacled Yorkshireman, Peter Holbrook, not least because he was their age – older in some cases.

But unbeknownst to them, the 75-year-old was stealing their money to fund his gambling habit.

He was sentenced this week to five years and three months in prison after pleading guilty to defrauding nine victims out of a total of nearly £850,000 between 2011 and 2021.

Bradford Crown Court heard he took advantage of recently bereaved people, offering a will writing and investment service, despite having no relevant qualifications.

Angus MacDonald, prosecuting on behalf of West Yorkshire Trading Standards, said: “He would befriend the victims before offering to deal with their wills.”

One victim was Joan Dobson who lost £384,303 to the scammer. She needed financial help when her husband Herbert died in 2020 and now she has passed away.

In her victim impact statement, she described how learning the truth about the counselor she had trusted for years was “shocking and devastating”.

You may also like...

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *