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BUDDY BEWARE: Hemel woman scammed friend out of £300,000

 Published on: 24th April 2024   |   By: News Bulletin   |   Category: Uncategorized

A woman who defrauded someone she had befriended out of more than £300,000 has been jailed for 40 months.

Amy Buckoke, 41, of Howards Drive, Hemel Hempstead, appeared at St Albans Crown Court on Friday, April 12, and was sentenced to three years and four months for fraud.

The habitual drug user became friends with her intended victim, and over the course of six years, coerced the victim into funding her drug habit by spinning an elaborate web of lies.

Detective Constable Claire Mann, from Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Serious Fraud and Cyber Unit, said: “Buckoke deliberately befriended her victim and immediately began playing on their sympathies in order to extract money from them.

“The deception carried on for several years, draining the victim’s life savings, and would have continued if the fraud had not come to light. Fraudsters often have sad tales to tell, playing on peoples’ sympathies to win trust and make financial gain from their deception.”

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