A fraudster who scammed an elderly widow out of more than £100,000 has been convicted.
Andrew Amdur, 48 (25.08.70) of Kingsgate Avenue was found guilty of two counts of fraud and one count of theft at Southwark Crown Court on Wednesday, 10 April following an eight-day trial.
He will be sentenced at the same court on Friday, 10 May.
The court heard how in the months preceding September 2017, Amdur befriended a widow and defrauded her out of £105,000.
Officers from the Westminster CID opened an investigation after his behaviour was reported to police in September 2017.
Police enquiries established that Amdur met the victim whilst walking her dog. During their brief encounter, Amdur claimed he was walking his brother’s dog and stated he was an opera singer.
The case in part involved a phone call to a bank on 28 August 2017, whereby the victim asked for £80,000 to be transferred to a charity; however, Amdur came on the phone and stated it was for entertainment costs and charity. None went to charity but on personal spending including gambling.
On 21 September 2017, £25,000 was withdrawn from the victim’s account. The investigation established that Amdur had used the buying of a harp as a front for obtaining the money.
Amdur explained to police that he was owed money and the transfer was for his wages over several months, as well as three operatic performances in the victim’s home.
Two days after receiving the report, Amdur was arrested and interviewed. He was further interviewed in 2018 and charged.
Detective Sergeant Richard Kidd, who led the investigation, said: "Andrew Amdur took advantage of the victim’s kind nature. Police enquiries, with the assistance of various members of the community has enabled this case to come to a close.
"The victim had been unaware of the spending spree that was being carried out with her money. I hope this conviction brings the victim some measure of comfort and closure.”