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‘£250k scam’ on woman, 102

‘Bought two houses’: Carer Julie Sayles denies fraud and faking will
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A CARER stole more than £250,000 from a 102-year-old woman and bought two houses, a court heard.

Julie Sayles, 59, also got her victim to sign a new will in which most remaining assets were left to her, a jury was told.

Sayles worked for charity Friends of the Elderly and cared for Edith Negus, whose physical and mental health began to deteriorate after her 100th birthday. In January 2014 she set up a joint bank account with Ms Negus, said prosecutor Robert Stevenson.

‘She caused Edith to put large amounts of her own money into that account, from which this defendant was then simply able to withdraw money. From that she bought for herself two houses,’ Mr Stevenson told Hull crown court. He said Ms Negus, who had no children but treated one niece as her daughter, had saved a lot of money during a ‘thrifty’ lifetime.

Ms Negus died in October 2014, and Sayles, of Bridlington, East Yorkshire, took the will to a solicitor. She denies fraud by abuse of position, buying properties with the proceeds of crime, making a fraudulent will and presenting it to a solicitor. The trial continues.