Nephew jailed for stealing thousands from his Aunt - Luton

27/05/2016

A great nephew, who fleeced his dying relative, who loved and trusted him like a son, is starting a four year jail sentence today, Friday, 27 May 2016.

A Judge said Daniel Money had betrayed his great aunt's trust in an exceptional way. He had drained Gillian Kirk's bank account using her credit card, and forged her signatures on two loans to buy BMW cars.

Judge Philip Bartle QC said her account had gone from a healthy balance into debt and she could have ended up bankrupt. "Gillian Kirk was a remarkable woman who thought the world of you. You were the son she never had," said the Judge. However, you betrayed that trust in an exceptional way. You took thousands and thousands of pounds from her for your own selfish greed, without a thought for this lady who you knew was dying of cancer. What an astonishing way to repay her love. All the while she was believing that you were the angel who was caring for her. The effect on her was devastating."

Money, aged 27, from Wyatt Court, Farley Fields, Luton, pleaded not guilty to three charges of fraud, but was convicted unanimously by a jury at Luton Crown Court.

Prosecutor Adam Pearson told the jury that Gillian Kirk had been bedridden, only leaving her house at Chiltern Cedars in Chaul End to attend hospital appointments. She died in June 2014, aged 75, just a few months after Money had been arrested. He said: "This defendant, her great nephew, visited her home regularly. She relied on him. He was there nearly every night. He would get her food, sit and watch TV with her and do shopping for her." She paid him about £100 a week for his help. Mr Pearson said Daniel Money abused the trust his relative had put in him. He had access to her bank card and PIN number and between 30 April 2013 and 6 March 2014 was said to have used £16,000 from the account to buy items for himself and make cash withdrawals for himself.

When she asked him to check her bank balance he was said to have told her the cash point machine had no paper. She was said to have written to the bank for a statement, but it was alleged that Money intercepted it at the post box outside her house, so she could not see what was going on.

The prosecutor said someone had impersonated Gillian Kirk in January 2014 when £17,750 of finance was arranged for Money to buy a BMW at Big Cars in Romford, Essex in her name. When there were problems with that car in March that year, Money was allegedly unable to find £4,000 for repairs and so applied for a new finance deal of £24,950 for a second BMW. Again he used his great aunt's details.

Investigators were suspicious that a 74-year-old woman was applying for finance for a second time in three months and the police became involved, said the prosecutor.

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