A waiter conned a pensioner out of £10,000 by giving him a sob story about his sister needing an expensive operation then gambled away most of the money, a court heard.
Irfan Hussain had got to know his victim, in his 70s, after meeting him at an Aagrah Restaurant in Leeds about four years ago and in 2010 told him he had medical bills to pay for his sister.
The pensioner transferred £10,000 into Hussain’s account, Adam Birkby prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court. Inquiries later revealed although Hussain did have a sister she did not require any such operation.
But in August last year Hussain told the pensioner another story claiming he owed £13,000 to a woman and if he could not find the money he would have to sell his home.
Mr Birkby said that was how the fraudster was finally caught out because when the pensioner went to his branch of Barclays intending to help Hussain again the bank staff were suspicious at the amount involved.
The police were contacted and investigation showed not only did he not owe the money he claimed to that woman he did not own a house.
When questioned he initially claimed the £10,000 was a loan. He explained he lived an expensive lifestyle revolving around casinos in Leeds, London and Bradford, and checks revealed he had been spending more than his earnings as a waiter.
Hussain, 27 of Thornbury Avenue, Thornbury, Bradford admitted fraud and was given an eight month prison sentence suspended for two years with 200 hours unpaid work.
Recorder Bernard Gateshill told him: “You took advantage You took financially of your victim, a man in his 70s. You befriended him, you gained his confidence and you milked him for money by telling him a pack of lies.
“You got him to part with £10,000 and not content with that you then went on to attempt to get a further £13,000 out of him, fortunately his bank were suspicious about the transaction.”