Two fraudsters who duped people out of their life savings in a £13.7 million pension scam have been jailed.
Susan Dalton, 66, from Lancashire, and Alan Barratt, 62, from Essex, who helped con 245 victims between 2012 and 2014, were sentenced to four years and eight months and five years and seven months respectively at Southwark Crown Court on Friday.
The average amount each person lost was £55,000 and some lost much more.
Passing sentence, Judge Gregory Perrins said the pair caused “such misery to so many people”, with victims suffering mental health problems and some even attempting suicide.
The judge heard Kent firefighter Glenn Perkins, who transferred £146,000 to the scammers in 2013, felt “worthless and useless” and now struggles with mental health problems.
Another man, referred to as Mr Holloway, handed over £300,000 and has been left “devastated”.
“Each account that I have read is a story of a life ruined by your actions and you should both be ashamed,” he said.
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