Housekeeper Admits Fraudulently Writing Cheques From Elderly Mold Woman

Apr 26 2012 by Lois York, Flintshire Chronicle

AN ELDERLY lady’s trusted housekeeper and companion had admitted fraudulently making out cheques to herself from the woman’s bank account.

Leanne Mitchell, 34, formerly of Parc Hendy, Mold initially claimed the victim had written the cheques out to her.

Flintshire magistrates’ court at Mold was told that in an interview with the police, she claimed the 79-year-old lady had complained she did not have enough cash to live on, had made out cheques to her, and she handed the money back.

But a hand-writing expert confirmed the cheques had not been written out by the victim, who also comes from Mold.

On Friday, the day of her trial, Mitchell, now of Erw Groes, Holywell, changed her not guilty pleas.

She had denied five fraud charges – falsely representing that she had the authority of the account holder to present cheques.

But she admitted three fraud charges and asked for two others to be taken into consideration.

Sentence was adjourned.

Prosecutor Alun Humphreys said the offences occurred between November 2008 and May last year.

In June last year the victim’s son, who had authority to deal with his mother’s finances, saw a bank statement which included a withdrawal of £105.

Investigations with the bank showed just under £700 had been withdrawn from the account.

Challenged about it, the defendant first claimed that it was a Sky warranty payment.

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