A nefarious gambling addict by the name of Brian James Wilson scammed an elderly man and took all of his savings. He lied that he was about to invest the money in groundbreaking projects but, in fact, used it to fuel his gambling addiction.
Wilson Took Almost $2M from His Victim
Wilson first met his victim in 2018. Back then, the 82-year-old man was selling his mortgage-free Mount Martha home for $1.6 million. Once the sale was complete, Wilson helped the man move to a retirement village. A few months later, the scam began.
Two months after the victim moved into the retirement home, Wilson started persuading him to help him with his business endeavors. According to the prosecution, the fraud would lie he plans to invest in profitable business ventures and promised the elderly man that they would share the profits afterward.
As a result, the senior man agreed to provide Wilson with the funding he needed. Wilson’s lies varied. One of them was investing in a new product that cleans milk. He claimed that Metricon Homes and Brimbank City Council would pay a lot for this miraculous solution and thus help Wilson and his elderly friend reap significant profits. The aforementioned organizations later said they had never heard of any such products.
In addition, Wilson would sometimes ask his victim to give him a loan for his personal needs. For example, he once asked for $18,000 to loan a car. He never paid this loan back and verbally abused his elderly partner once the latter…