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Police Return Life Savings To Elderly Couple After Catching Their Fraudsters

In a "rare instance", detectives have handed over a cheque to an elderly couple who were robbed of their life savings by a group of roof repair scammers. 

The Sydney couple, a man aged 90 and his wife aged 91, were tricked into paying a gang of con men for roof repairs that were never carried out at their home in Sydney's inner-west.

Police said the scammers pretended to repair non-existent "cracks" in the ceiling, then later watched the woman retrieve money to pay them. They returned the next day and stole a cash tin with thousands of dollars inside.

Detectives began investigating "a number" of fraudulent matters across the greater Sydney region in January, some of which Chief Inspector Ian Pryde said targeted "elderly, vulnerable people throughout the community".

On March 12, officers arrested a 38-year-old British national who is alleged to be "principal" in the scamming operation.

He was later jailed for at least a year for dishonestly obtaining financial advantage by deception and agreed to hand back the money part of his sentence.

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"It's a pleasure to be able to hand a cheque for the money that these people were defrauded back to them," Pryde said on Thursday.

"It's quite rare that this happens."

The woman thanked police for their "big job", saying she "couldn't believe" she had her life savings back.

The offender will be deported back to to the U.K at the end of his jail sentence.

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