Thieving Caerphilly sister is spared prison
2:19pm Wednesday 9th October 2013 in News
A HEALTH worker who stole nearly £32,000 from her severely disabled sister to buy a car and improve her home was spared jail.
Angela Wiltshire, 49, repeatedly raided Paula Davies’ account, using her disability benefits and income support in a fraud that went on for years, a court heard last Friday.
Wiltshire, of Caerphilly, began taking the cash after their father’s death when she became her main carer, Cardiff Crown Court heard.
Ms Davies had no awareness of the fraud, being afflicted by multiple health problems including epilepsy and severe learning difficulties, the court heard.
She was also looked after at the Brookland Day Care Centre in Brookland Road, Risca, the court was told.
Judge William Gaskell gave the midwifery assistant a 12-month jail term, suspend - ed for two years, after hearing she had previously been of good character and had indeed looked after her sister.
She had denied two counts of theft and a further count of transferring criminal property but was found guilty of the three charges following a trial.
Judge Gaskell ordered her to repay all the stolen £31,800 within nine months, pay £10,000 prosecution costs and complete 300 hours’ un - paid work.
The funds will be transferred to Caerphilly council, which is helping to manage Ms Davies’ financial affairs.
Judge Gaskell told her: “It is not to your credit that you chose to fight this case out.
“She was very disabled and has no awareness of your dishonesty.”
Wiltshire cared for her sister at the the family home in Penyrheol, Caerphilly, the court heard.
She misappropriated funds between 2006 and 2009, the court was told.
Wiltshire no longer cares for her sister and the £139,000 family house has been put on the market.
The court ordered that £16,000 be repaid immediately and the outstanding funds be collected through the proceeds of the house.
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