Man jailed for 30 months for defrauding deaf woman

Police have welcomed the sentencing of a 28 year old man from Liverpool following an on going fraud investigation.

Steven Derbyshire, 28, of Oakfield Road, Liverpool was sentenced to 30 months behind bars after he was found guilty of three counts of fraud and one count of theft.

DC Colin Graham of the Economic Crime Team said “Derbyshire defrauded his victim, a deaf woman in her 60s, by diverting her disability payments and wages into his own account meaning she nearly lost her home as she was unable to pay her bills.

“He took advantage of his victim’s vulnerability and trust, playing on her reliance of others to care for and manage her finances for his own financial gain.

“Unfortunately, his victim had suffered a prolonged period of financial abuse and social isolation over several years before this was reported to police in 2017 when the victims work colleagues thankfully noticed something wasn’t right and brought it to the attention of Social Services who in turn contacted the Police.

“During a lengthy investigation, officers uncovered that Derbyshire wasted no time using the victim’s money to pay out for expensive items including a VW Golf, complete with voice controlled activation amongst other everyday expenses.

“By working alongside partners, including Sefton Social Services, NHS, Merseyside Society for Deaf People, Sefton Women’s and Children’s Aid, we have helped piece together the victim’s life including helping her to get her finances back in order, ensuring the threat of repossession was removed as well as making sure her basic needs like gas, electric and water are catered for.

“I welcome the sentencing of Steven Derbyshire and hope his victim now has the confidence and correct support network surrounding her to get back on track and put this behind her.”

Anyone else that believes they have been a victim of a similar incident or suspects someone they know could be suffering, should get in touch @MerPolCC or by calling 101 so our specialised officers can investigate accordingly and help bring perpetrators to justice.