Fraud­ster faces jail for tak­ing in-laws’ £120,000

The Jewish Chronicle - - NEWS - BY JOSH JACK­MAN

A FRAUD­STER faces a jail sen­tence af­ter plead­ing guilty to tak­ing more than £120,000 from his in-laws’ bank ac­counts over a five-year pe­riod.

Dan Ja­cobs, a former mem­ber of Bore­ham­wood and El­stree Syn­a­gogue in Hert­ford­shire, ad­mit­ted five counts of fraud on Mon­day.

He took a to­tal of £120,573 from his wife’s fa­ther and dis­abled mother, and also from her el­derly grand­mother, who lives in a care home.

Be­tween 2010 and 2015, Ja­cobs used cash ma­chines to with­draw money from five bank ac­counts be­long­ing to the fam­ily.

It is be­lieved the Dutch-born fa­ther of five was forced to move his wife and chil­dren to live with the in-laws af­ter his own home was lost for financial rea­sons. He then con­tin­ued to de­fraud his in-laws while liv­ing un­der their roof.

The 39-year-old fraud­ster stole most heav­ily from his wife’s grand­mother, in­fil­trat­ing her Bar­clays and Lloyds bank ac­counts to rack up a to­tal sum of £57,953.

He made the with­drawals from Fe­bru­ary 2012 to Au­gust 2013. He also took more than £52,768 from two ac­counts be­long­ing to his fa­ther-in-law, a re­tail ex­ec­u­tive.

Ja­cobs raided his first ac­count be­tween Au­gust 2010 and Septem­ber 2011 and the sec­ond be­tween Au­gust 2012 and May 2015.

Ja­cobs, who founded con­sul­tancy firm De­velop Your Busi­ness i n 2010, also stole £9,850 f rom his mother-in-law’s ac­count be­tween Septem­ber 2010 and April 2012. He was ar­rested in Fe­bru­ary and re­manded in cus­tody af­ter plead­ing guilty to all counts on Mon­day. He is due to be sen­tenced to­day at Har­row Crown Court.

Ja­cobs, of Red Road, Bore­ham­wood, was on the com­mit­tee that cam- paigned to es­tab­lish an eruv in the town. He left the team once plans were set in place but be­fore the eruv be­came func­tional in 2010.

Jef­frey Is­rael, Ja­cobs’s bar­ris­ter, said he would not com­ment un­til af­ter the sen­tenc­ing. Af­ter tak­ing ad­vice from the po­lice, the vic­tims also de­clined to com­ment.

Ja­cobs’s wife took part in a 5km char­ity run in 2008 to raise funds for a hospi­tal whose doc­tors and nurses helped to save his son, who re­quired open-heart surgery three times be­fore his third birth­day.

Born with life-threat­en­ing de­fects, the boy ex­pe­ri­enced his first surgery when he was just one week old.

A se­nior fig­ure in the Bore­ham­wood com­mu­nity said Ja­cobs gave up his syn­a­gogue mem­ber­ship some time ago, adding: “The whole thing is a shame.”

Ja­cobs at­tended the Mai­monides school in the Nether­lands be­fore em­i­grat­ing to Bri­tain in 1997, where he worked for ac­coun­tancy firms KPMG and Ar­ram Ber­lyn Gard­ner.

He used cash ma­chines to with­draw money from five ac­counts be­long­ing to the fam­ily

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