Carer who stole from MS victim facing jail

A CARER faces jail after stealing nearly £22,000 from the bed-ridden woman she was supposed to be looking after.

Lorraine Furness, 51, of Tichbourne Street, Liversedge, committed a fraud involving more than 100 cheques from April 2007 to February 2014.

Bradford Crown Court heard that the victim, multiple sclerosis sufferer Christine Noad, 76, died last November.

The offending came to light in February 2014 when Mrs Noad’s husband was told by the NatWest bank that an account was about to go overdrawn. He discovered cheques had been paid to Furness, but his wife denied giving her permission to use the account.

Furness went on trial last week accused of 11 charges of fraud by false representation.

On the second day of the hearing Furness, who had no previous convictions, changed her plea to guilty.

At the start of the trial, Nadim Bashir, prosecuting, told how Mrs Noad was bed-ridden and unable to move without assistance.

Mrs Noad, of Halifax Road, Liversedge, was only able to leave home if someone took her out in a wheelchair. Furness was one of several carers who assisted Mrs Noad and was employed by her for almost 20 years.

Mr Bashir alleged that Furness was struggling financially and resorted to fraud as a way out.

In a video shown to the jury, Mrs Noad told police from her bed that Furness was always paid in cash and insisted she had never given the defendant a cheque.

Judge David Hatton QC said Furness could face up to two years in prison but she was bailed until sentencing at the end of August.

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