Christine Morrey was a trusted close friend of her victim
Shameless Christine Morrey, 66, was a trusted close friend of her victim for 25 years and responsible for paying his bills, a court was told.
But she abused that trust by repeatedly swiping his bank card and withdrawing lumps of cash before sneaking the card back into his wallet.
Panicking Morrey then tried to cover her tracks by intercepting her vulnerable patient’s mail, hoping he would never discover her scam.
You deprived this man of all his savings
Judge David Fletcher
Stoke-on-Trent Crown Court heard Morrey’s thefts were uncovered when the victim’s shocked brother found his sibling’s bank account empty.
Jailing her for 18 months, Judge David Fletcher said: “You deprived this man of all his savings. There was a degree of trust placed upon you and yet, over a period of two years, you systematically defrauded him of his savings.
“He was warned by the council that because he was in rent arrears he may lose his accommodation. You deliberately interfered with his post to avoid him being aware of the problems as they had arisen.”
Judge David Fletcher rules to jail Morrey for 18 months
Morrey, of Ball Green, Staffs, pleaded guilty to fraud and interfering with mail between June 2014 and June 2016.
Prosecutor Jonathan Dickinson said the victim, who has not been named, was disabled and his carer had responsibility for paying his bills.
He said: “He gave her his bank card and pin number. The defendant did not pay the bills but took money for herself and intercepted his post so he would not find out what she was doing.
Morrey pleaded guilty to fraud and interfering with mail between June 2014 and June 2016
“The offences came to light when his brother checked his bank account.
“The defendant came round and said, ‘It is me who has had your money’, and offered to pay it back at a rate of £200 a month. The police were contacted.”