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Delph couple jailed for stealing more than £45,000 from elderly neighbour

Guilty - Gary Stevenson

Guilty – Gary Stevenson

A Delph couple who stole over £45,000 from an elderly neighbour have been jailed.

Gary Stevenson and Carol Stevenson both of Denshaw Road, Delph, were sentenced yesterday at Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court after both pleading guilty at an earlier hearing. Carol Stevenson was sentenced to three years in custody for fraud and her husband Gary received a two year custodial sentence for money laundering.

In 2008 the Stevensons offered to help their elderly and vulnerable 83-year-old neighbour with his everyday tasks such as shopping and paying bills. However between 2011 and 2013 they began to systematically steal his money, totalling £45,956, by fraudulently cashing cheques, applying for and then using a credit card in his name and by withdrawing cash from his bank account.

The offences continued up until the point that all of the man’s money had gone and there wasn’t enough left in his accounts to cover his basic utility bills.

Guilty - Carol Stevenson

Guilty – Carol Stevenson

The offences were reported to police in May 2013 and the Stevensons were arrested, but the money has never been recovered.

Detective Constable Kelly Bragg of Oldham division said: “The couple earnt the trust of an elderly man on the pretence of helping him, but instead they abused that trust, stole his money and racked up debts in his name.

“The victim had requested that his money go to the Royal National Lifeboat Institution upon his death, but the couple’s selfish actions have now significantly reduced the amount of money that the Institution have received.

“The victim sadly died not long after the offences were reported, so he never got chance to see justice served, but hopefully today’s sentence will act as a warning to others that your actions will catch up with you and will eventually be caught.”

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