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MUM-IN-LAW IS SWINDLED OUT OF pounds 1.5M.

CONMAN John Dolley's mother-in-law was left broke and homeless after he swindled her out of around pounds 1.5million.

Dolley, 35, posed as a farming investment expert as he emptied Mary Allen's savings and bank accounts.

He then plundered her huge portfolio of stocks and shares. And when these were exhausted he talked her into selling antique furniture and family heirlooms.

His greed eventually cost the 76-year-old her mansion, a judge heard yesterday.

The deception started in 1989, soon after Dolley married Mrs Allen's daughter Jill.

His mother-in-law even raided funds set aside for her other daughter Angela and handed him the cash.

When there was no money left she borrowed pounds 50,000 from friends - who trusted her because she was treasurer of her local Conservative Party.

Within seven years of Mrs Allen meeting Dolley, the big house where she lived with her wealthy husband near Tiverton, Devon, was repossessed.

The couple ended up moving 30 times in two years as they went from one dingy bedsit to another. Dolley meanwhile lived a champagne life, claiming he was setting up business deals or fighting a legal case which would net a vast settlement.

After his arrest he told police: "I told some massive lies. Mrs Allen and her husband are very trusting."

Dolley, of King's Lynn, Norfolk, admitted seven fraud offences after Mrs Allen decided to give evidence against him.

He faces sentence today at Exeter Crown Court.
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Author:Lakeman, Geoffrey
Publication:The Mirror (London, England)
Date:Aug 18, 1999
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