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Conmen jailed after IFA&#39s detective work

An IFA has stopped a notorious gang of conmen preying on the disabled and elderly after spotting a series of suspect payments leaving his client&#39s bank account.

David Rackham, a Havant adviser with Berry Birch& Noble Financial Planning, became suspicious when he saw thousands of pounds disappearing from his client Patrick Pitt&#39s account.

Rackham, who has been Mr Pitt&#39s adviser for 10 years, tracked the payments to a bogus address in Guildford and immediately contacted the police.

Mr Pitt, who has brain damage following a car accident, was the victim of the Brazil Gang, a family of bogus builders, who conned him into paying £55,000 for roof repairs that cost £5.60.

Leslie, Albert and John Brazil were convicted at Portsmouth Crown Court of conspiring to obtain £55,000 from Patrick Pitt and were jailed for six years, three-and-a-half-years and three years respectively. Two other people involved in the deception, Rachel Mitchell and Kamala Frankham, received 18 months&#39 imprisonment and a 12-month suspended sentence respectively.

It is still not clear whether Rackham&#39s client will get any of his money back once the court has assessed the remaining assets of the Brazil family.

Rackham says: “Our clients are everything to us and it really goes against the grain when you find something like this – I would urge any IFAs to be really vigilant.”

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