Walney woman spared jail after stealing £10k
Last updated at 08:47, Monday, 19 August 2013
A WALNEY woman who helped herself to more than £10,000 of her mother-in-law’s cash was spared jail.
Preston Crown Court heard that Ann Fawcett’s late husband had been given power of attorney over Elva Fawcett’s financial affairs who was in a nursing home with dementia.
The hearing was also told that he too may have wrongly removed small amounts from his mother’s bank account.
Fawcett, 66, of Headland Rise, Walney, had been committed by magistrates for sentencing at crown court for four offences of fraud involving £10,100.
The court heard how Elva Fawcett had been in a nursing home and suffering from dementia.
Her son Alan and his wife, the defendant, were given power of attorney over her financial affairs, said Miss Zoe Salter, prosecuting.
She died in November. Alan Fawcett died in March last year, leaving his wife in total financial control.
Irregularities then came to light.
The defendant told police she had been suffering some mental anguish since her husband’s death.
She admitted money had been taken for her own personal use.
She had no previous convictions.
Mr Richard Bennett, defending, said the money had been repaid and Fawcett made genuine expressions of remorse.
“When her husband was alive, the defendant herself had no responsibility financially for anything. She never has throughout their lengthy relationship”, said the barrister.
“He always dealt with financial matters, not only in the household, but also in respect of his mother. Over a period of time he was removing relatively small amounts, wrongly, from the bank account.”
Mr Bennett added that she had admitted her actions straight away. He said it was “unlikely in the extreme” she would re-offend in future.
Fawcett was given eight months’ prison, suspended for twelve months, with twelve months’ supervision. She will have to pay an £80 statutory surcharge.
The judge, Recorder Andrew Long, told her “When temptation came your way, you took it.
“You have led an otherwise blameless life of previous good character, but in breach of a high degree of trust, helped yourself to money you knew perfectly well wasn’t yours.
“That sort of crime is all too easy to commit.”
First published at 15:37, Sunday, 18 August 2013
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"Mr Richard Bennett, defending, said the money had been repaid and Fawcett made genuine expressions of remorse."
The money had been repaid,Yeah but only because her daughters had to give up there inheritance to pay what she had stole!!