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PostSubject: Woman told to repay £5 of fraud   Wed Dec 02, 2009 11:22 am

A woman who stole £41,000 from her 95-year-old war hero great-uncle has been ordered to pay back just £5.

Hayley Price, 42, of Blaenavon, Torfaen, cooked and cleaned for D-Day veteran Arthur Edwards, while writing herself 154 fraudulent cheques.

She was given a year's jail, suspended for two years, at an earlier hearing at Cardiff Crown Court.

A proceeds of crime hearing was subsequently told all the money has been spent and Price had no assets.

Judge David Wynn Morgan ruled that Price must repay £5 to Mr Edwards by next week.

He had previously told her: "You did a wicked, wicked thing."

Price's trial heard she went shopping for her frail uncle and visited him every day for 11 years.

The court was told that during a police interview, she said: "I was greedy and had Christmas coming. I hold my hands up to it. I thought I could get away with it."

The jury heard that all the money was spent on herself, her son and her dog.

She admitted 12 counts of forgery.

Mr Edwards, a corporal in the South Wales Borderers, won the Kings Medal for Gallantry for saving the life of a doctor during the D-Day landings in World War II.

After the proceeds of crime hearing on Wednesday, Mr Edwards' family said it had been a "very difficult time" for the veteran soldier who now lives in a care home.

His niece Jayne Edwards said: "He will never see his money again and the fact that a member of his own family stole from him is very sad.

"I'm disappointed for my uncle that the system doesn't allow for him to get the money back."
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PostSubject: Re: Woman told to repay £5 of fraud   Thu Dec 03, 2009 4:06 am

There was a similiar case, when a woman lost her lottery ticket. A couple found it and cashed it in, they paid back a very small amount.

Although this case is different it strikes me, if my bank account was credited wrongly with a huge amount. I would have to pay it all back, not some small token gesture. The law, methinks, is an ass!
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