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ANGEL FROM HELL; EXPOSED: Nurse who plundered pounds 300,000 from doc on death bed.

Byline: By MARION SCOTT

A NURSE systematically plundered pounds 300,000 from the life savings of the dying doctor she was supposed to be caring for.

Isobel White was hired from a private agency to look after reclusive GP William Derek Wilson, who was suffering from a chronic brainwasting disease.

Bachelor Dr Wilson, 76, amassed a fortune with his frugal lifestyle.

He wore clothes he'd had for decades, still had his parents' furniture and spent just pounds 14-a-week on shopping, surviving on a diet of ready-made shepherd's pie.

White, who earned pounds 36,000 a year as a live-in nurse, was employed by Positive Nursing Agency to provide 24-hour care for the confused OAP.

She quickly transformed his lifestyle ...and her own.

She booked a pounds 8000 Mediterranean cruise for them both.

She also bought a house with a pounds 100,000 loan from Dr Wilson then persuaded him to change his will and sign over his pounds 250,000 flat to her.

Court papers even accuse her of forging the doctor's signature on a pounds 28,000 cheque payable to her.

White was quizzed by the police days after the doctor died of progressive supranuclear palsy - the same condition that killed actor Dudley Moore.

A theft prosecution was dropped but White was sued after lawyers for Dr Wilson's estate said she used "undue influence" to "induce" him to give her cheques "at a time when he had neither the mental nor physical capacity to do so".

She could not repay the missing money - now almost pounds 400,000 with interest and legal fees - and was bankrupted.

Two flats she owned - including the doctor's old home in Pollokshields, Glasgow - were repossessed.

Now she faces being evicted from the pounds 350,000 home she shares with her 79-year-old mum in nearby Newlands.

Last night White, 53, claimed she had planned to pay Dr Wilson back and said she "tried to breathe new life into him".

She added: "Dr Wilson was a reclusive, withdrawn man who didn't take care of himself.

"His clothes were decades old and his furniture had been owned by his parents. It was clear he had no real enjoyment in his life.

"I started taking him on outings, encouraged him to buy a new wardrobe and start enjoying life. We became friends.

"I encouraged him to take holidays and accompanied him so he was looked after properly.

"He paid for a 19-day cruise on the Oriana but took ill and had to be flown home."

White claims she began quizzing the doctor about his will because she was concerned about what to do if he died.

She said: "His first will left almost everything to a cousin he'd toldmehe didn't like. When I pointed that out, he called the lawyers and changed it.

"He asked me what I wanted, so I told him I would really like his flat, so he agreed."

The second will - written in September 2000 - left the flat to White and pounds 400,000 to his friend, accountant Douglas Anderson.

After the doctor was taken to hospital it emerged White had received large sums including a pounds 100,000 "loan", pounds 60,000 stock transfer and cheques.

She said: "I fully intended paying him back from the sale of two flats - one belonging to me, the other to my mother who was moving in with me.

"But before I could get those properties on the market, Dr Wilson went into hospital."

He died in Mearnskirk Hospital on May 31, 2002.

A fraud investigation was launched into transactions totalling almost pounds 300,000 but White was told in September 2006 there would be no proceedings against her. She said: "I will go to my grave swearing I didn't take money from Dr Wilson.

"Those cheques were to pay household expenses such as a special hoist to lift him and an orthopaedic bed."

White continues to work as a nurse because she is not under the jurisdiction of the Nursing & Midwidery Council.

An NMC spokesman said: "Our code of conduct states nurses must refuse gifts, favour or hospitality that might be interpreted as an attempt to gain preferential treatment."

Bank papers show 23 cheques totalling more than pounds 4000 paid to White

I took him on outings, encouraged him to enjoy life..we became friends'

Isobel White

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Victim: Dr Wilson as a young GP; Splashing out: White took Dr Wilson, front, on pounds 8000 Med cruise and, above, with a neighbour on the Waverley; In denial: Nurse White
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Publication:Sunday Mail (Glasgow, Scotland)
Date:Mar 16, 2008
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