Statement on verdict at Julie Sayles fraud trial at Hull County Court

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A guilty verdict was returned today at Hull County Court in the trial of Julie Sayles for fraud by abuse of position against a vulnerable older person.

Julie Sayles committed the offences whilst employed by a charity called Friends of the Elderly Bridlington (charity number 1083186). We would like to make it clear that she is not connected in any way to our charity, Friends of the Elderly (www.fote.org.uk – charity number 226064).

As a charity that supports older people and aspires to a society where all older people are treated with respect, our thoughts are with the late victim’s family.
If you are an older person suffering from financial abuse by a relative or carer, or you suspect that an older person you know is being treated in this way:

  • You can get advice from Age UK on 0800 169 65 65 (free phone number)
  • Alternatively, you can call the Action on Elder Abuse free confidential helpline on 0808 808 8141
  • If the suspected abuser has a power of attorney, you should contact the Office of the Public Guardian on 0115 934 2777
  • Report the abuse to your local council’s Adult Social Services team
  • Financial abuse is a crime and you should also report your suspicions directly to the police (by calling your local police station).

Advice on all forms of elder abuse, including financial abuse, can be found on the Age Concern website.

Notes to editors
1. Financial abuse is defined in the Care Act 2014 as including:

  • Having money or property stolen
  • Being defrauded
  • Being put under pressure in relation to money or other property
  • Having money or other property misused.

2. Indicators of potential financial abuse include:

  • Changes in living conditions
  • Lack of heating, clothing or food
  • Inability to pay bills/unexplained shortage of money
  • Unexplained withdrawals from an account
  • Unexplained loss/misplacement of financial documents
  • Recent addition of authorised signers on a client or donor’s signature card
  • Sudden or unexpected changes in a will or other financial documents. 

(Source: Age UK Factsheet 78: Safeguarding older people from abuse and neglect, August 2016)