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Sprowston mum stole thousands of pounds from grandmother who raised her

PUBLISHED: 15:26 23 October 2017 | UPDATED: 07:52 24 October 2017

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Norwich Crown Court. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

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A mother-of-four who stole thousands of pounds from her elderly grandmother who raised her has avoided an immediate jail term.

Carli Morgan, 29, of Wilks Farm Drive in Sprowston, pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud.

She received an 18-month custodial sentence, suspended for two years, at Norwich Crown Court on Monday, October 23.

The court heard Morgan was “genuinely remorseful” for her crimes, which involved stealing just over £15,746 from her relative, in her late 80s, from June 2014 until April 2016.

Prosecuting, Joanne Eley said Morgan had permission to access her grandmother’s online bank account and took out two separate loans worth £10,000 and £5,000.

Just over £746 worth of unauthorised payments were also made from the victim’s account.

Mitigating, Ian James said: “The bulk, if not all of the money, taken from the account has been refunded by the bank.”

He added Morgan wanted to repay her grandmother for what she did.

“She has taken on board the wrong she has done and feels dreadful about it,” Mr James said.

A medical report heard Morgan was a “profoundly emotionally-damaged individual with very low self-esteem”.

It added the defendant had a history of postnatal depression dating back to 2008.

Morgan also had moments of “euphoric and excessive spending” to make herself feel better and provide for her children.

This was funded by her grandmother’s account.

Mr James said the mother, who has no money, signed up to the Norfolk Wellbeing service to avoid future problems.

Morgan’s debt “spiralled out of control”, according to Miss Eley.

She added: “Morgan wanted to be in a position to pay her nan back but knew she wouldn’t be able to.”

Sentencing, Recorder Frank Burton QC described the fraudster as having a “damaged personality” from previous relationships and her childhood.

Morgan had been looked after by the victim since she was six.

He described the crimes as despicable and told Morgan: “You were involved in the flagrant abuse of trust in relation with an aged grandmother. You deliberately used that special relationship.”

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