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Man who duped pensioners is ordered to pay back thousands in compensation

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Following an investigation by Thames Valley Police, a man who duped two elderly pensioners from Maids Moreton into thinking he was in love with them before defrauding them, has been ordered to pay back more than £190,000 in compensation.

Confiscation proceedings under the Proceeds of Crime Act were brought against Ben Field, aged 29, previously of Wellingborough Road, Olney and at Oxford Crown Court today (18/6), Field was ordered to pay back a total of £193,921.32 gained via the fraudulent activity that he has been convicted of.

Last year, Field was found guilty of the murder of Peter Farquhar, who died in 2015 aged 69.
During the same criminal proceedings, Field pleaded guilty to four counts of fraud and two counts of burglary.

He was found not guilty of one count of conspiracy to murder Ann Moore-Martin, one count of the attempted murder of Ann Moore-Martin and one count of possession of an article for use in fraud.
Field was sentenced to life imprisonment, to serve a minimum term of 36 years.

Field admitted to duping Maids Moreton residents, Peter and Ann, who was in her eighties at the time, into thinking he loved them in order to defraud them.

The current recoverable amount is £146,561.02, which the court ordered Field to pay within three months.

If the money is not paid back then the court has ordered Field to serve an additional period of 16 months’ imprisonment.

The whole amount will be paid in compensation to the respective estates of Peter and Ann, split 84% and 16% respectively.

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