Chalfont St Giles woman exploited rich man and spent £ 2.5million of his money
Woman who exploited a wealthy man and spent £ 2.5million of his money on vacations, designer items and an Aston Martin has been criticized for not showing a ‘piece of remorse’ as she is imprisoned for more than five years.
Louise Caplan, 34, met her victim, de Marlow – who has high-level autism – online in October 2017 and they arranged to meet with the man paying several hundred pounds for the sexual services of Caplan.
They then agreed to a monthly financial deal of several thousand pounds to see each other.
But between October 2017 and November 2018, she presented herself as a successful businesswoman who employed multiple employees – when in reality she had no job and was in receipt of benefits.
Caplan told her wealthy victim that she had invested money in projects around the world, in which her victim – who had now become attached to her – also agreed to invest.
Instead, she used the money – totaling £ 2.5million – on expensive vacations, designer stores, a deposit at an Aston Martin and a £ 1million house. .
Caplan, from White Hart Close to Chalfont St Giles, knew his victim had to take out loans to meet his financial demands, but continued to pressure him for money to fund his extravagant lifestyle anyway. .
Her deception was eventually discovered and she was arrested for fraud by misrepresentation. At a hearing on May 18, she pleaded guilty.
At a sentencing hearing at Aylesbury Crown Court on Friday, October 10, a judge jailed Caplan for five years and three months.
Detective Constable Ross Fleming of the Economic Crimes Unit thanked the victim and her family for their “brutal dignity, patience and honesty” throughout the investigation.
He said: “This honesty contrasts sharply with the offender, who never showed the slightest remorse for the victim, a man whom she showered with messages of love and plans for her future, continually manipulating her emotional need. from her and exploiting her high-level autism.
“The offender knew the victim was richer than many. However, she continued to pressure the victim for more money, fully aware that he was taking out loans to meet her financial demands. His extravagant spending highlights not a crime out of necessity or need, but simple greed.
“I encourage everyone to familiarize themselves with the smart tactics used by romance scammers, which will help build our knowledge as a community.
“To anyone affected by romance fraud, please understand that it is not your fault. If it has not already been reported, please report the incident to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040 .
“Finally, I would like to remind everyone that as a community we have the power to remove blame, shame and give hope to anyone who has been the victim of this type of horrific crime.
“I would also like to remind anyone in this position that additional emotional help and support is available.
“Victims First is available to residents of Thames Valley Police in Buckinghamshire, Berkshire or Oxfordshire).”
Check out the Thames Valley Police Guide to Spotting Amorous Scammers here – www.thamesvalley.police.uk/police-forces/thames-valley-police/areas/c/2020/a-guide-to-spotting-romance- fraudsters /