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Age Concern volunteer from Droitwich denies defrauding elderly lady
9:11am Friday 13th September 2013 in Local
A Worcestershire Age Concern helper befriended an 89-year-old woman and used her bank card to buy clothes, a court has been told.
Deborah Price, of Impney Way, Droitwich, met the woman in 2011 at a club for elderly people in Fernhill Heath, near Worcester, where she helped out. They became friendly and Price would give her lifts to the club and to hospital appointments and also visit her at her flat, Walter Bealby, prosecuting, told Worcester Crown Court.
But late last year, the woman noticed her bank card would go missing from her purse for a couple of days at a time and when it reappeared, it was in the wrong place, Mr Bealby said.
She then had a letter from the bank saying there were insufficient funds to pay her rent but she knew there had been enough money to cover it and told her son. They went to the bank to sort out the rent problem and check the statements. They noticed a number of transactions with Droitwich clothes shop M&Co.
Price, aged 52, denies four charges of fraud. She is accused of using the debit card to pay for an item worth £59.20 on November 4 last year, £56 on November 17, £33.60 on November 30 and £20.80 on December 1.
When records were checked, these transactions were accompanied by the number of a loyalty card in the name of Deborah Price, Mr Bealby said,
The items included jumpers,a cardigan and a striped shirt all in the size XXL. Giving evidence, the woman told the jury she had not bought the clothes and they were not her size.
The trial continues.
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