Woman cheated own aunt out of �173,000

A SUFFOLK woman who cheated her aunt out of �173,000 has been ordered to sell her house to pay her back.

Gloria Firman, 60, had been asked to care for 92-year-old Winifred Greengrass but instead used her money to pay for holidays and improvements to her own home, Ipswich Crown Court heard.

Firman, of Purcell Road, Stowmarket, admitted converting criminal property in the sum of �173,000 between January 2005 and December last year. At an earlier hearing she was given a 12 month jail term suspended for two years. She was also ordered to do 300 hours unpaid work in the community.

At a confiscation hearing at Ipswich Crown Court yesterday Michael Crimp, prosecuting, said that although Firman’s benefit from her offending was �173,000, financial investigators had discovered that her realisable assets, in the form of her home and car, were only �52,934.

Judge John Holt made a confiscation order in that sum and allowed six months for the money to be repaid to allow her house to be sold.

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At an earlier hearing the court heard that Firman had used her aunt’s money to make luxury purchases for her home, including a new kitchen and bedroom.

Charles Judge, for Firman, said she had been caring for her sick mother and father, neither of whom were aware of her crime despite living next door to her.

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Sentencing her on the last occasion Judge David Goodin said she had been in a position of trust in relation to her aunt’s affairs and she had comprehensively betrayed that trust over a period of three or four years.

He described what she had done as “greedy and mean”.

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