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Sick mother conned out of PS19k.

Byline: LIZ DAY Reporter liz.day@walesonline.co.uk

AN NHS worker conned her sick mother out of nearly PS20,000 by setting up a number of credit cards and catalogue shopping accounts in her name.

Samantha Parfitt spent the cash without her mother Glenda Cook's permission over a three-year period until the victim received an unexpected letter asking for payment. Speaking at Cardiff Crown Court, Parfitt's barrister Kevin Seal conceded: "One can think of no offence worse than taking money from your mother."

The court heard Mrs Cook, who was retired, was in poor health after having suffered a number of strokes.

Nik Strobl, prosecuting, said the offending came to light in February last year when the victim received a letter from Bon Prix telling her she owed more than PS800.

She phoned the company and discovered an account had been set up in her name.

Mr Strobl said: "It transpired the defendant had opened numerous catalogue accounts and credit cards in her mother's name."

He told the court Parfitt fraudulently spent a total of PS19,592 in her mother's name between January 2015 and August 2018.

The court heard Mrs Cook initially gave her daughter permission to spend PS1,000 on a new car, but she actually splashed more than PS4,000.

Prosecutors said Parfitt also racked up debts of nearly PS3,000 on a Sainsbury's credit card without her mum knowing.

Reading from Mrs Cook's victim personal statement, Mr Strobl said she was "very distressed" and believes the offending has affected her health.

He added: "She is retired and is now facing a huge amount of debt."

Mum-of-two Parfitt, 40, from Ebbw Terrace in Abercarn, pleaded guilty to fraud.

Addressing the defendant, Judge Niclas Parry said: "This has had a marked effect upon your mother. She cannot believe what her daughter has done to her."

Parfitt was given a six-month prison sentence, suspended for a year, and ordered to complete 200 hours of unpaid work.

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