Ten accused of £1.6m fraud

Ten accused of £1.6m fraud

Ten accused of £1.6m fraud

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Ten people accused of defrauding an elderly woman out of £1.6 million while acting as her carers have had their cases committed to Bradford Crown Court.

The eight women and two men face charges of conspiring together to defraud the woman, who is in her 90s, by inflating wages while caring for her over a period of four years.

Two of the women face two additional charges of fraud by false representation by submitting a series of requests to a Keighley-based solicitor for payment for inflated petty cash payments and for work not carried out.

Alice Barker, 58, and Edward Barker, 56, both of Raglan Avenue, Keighley; Lisa Bell, 29 and Wendy Bell, 56, both of Greenside Lane, Cullingworth; Amanda Carroll, 43, and Christopher Carroll, 43, of Park Avenue, Shipley; Caron Gilbert, 32, of Red Holt Crescent, Keighley; Marsha Girvan, 42, of Bank, Oxenhope; Helen Banks, 42, of Howbeck Avenue, Riddlesden, and Linda Mynott, 59, of Garforth Road, Keighley, are all charged with conspiring together between February, 14, 2010, and September 25, 2012 to defraud the woman by receiving and cashing wage cheques for inflated sums which did not represent the hours worked or the correct sums due.

Wendy Bell and Amanda Carroll are also accused of committing fraud between May 12, 2008 and September 12, 2012 by making a series of false representations to Myron Handzij, of Turner and Wall Solicitors, by making requests for petty cash payments in inflated amounts and for payment of work that had not been carried out.

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