Yulanda Panayiotou claimed she could not have cheated the man because she is in a wheelchair — and even attended her trial in a wheelchair.
But a detective saw her running and there was CCTV evidence of her walking around a shop which was presented to the court.
A jury took less than two hours at Snaresbrook Crown Court last Thursday to convict the trickster from Lindisfarne Avenue in Dagenham on 12 charges of fraud and two of theft of credit cards and a bank book.Didn't anyone think 'how could she shop and garden while in a wheelchair'..? Why on earth did it take two hours?
I've done jury service at Snaresbrook, it's not because the surroundings are so luxurious you want to stretch it out a bit!
Panayiotou’s scam was to help clear the garden and do the man’s shopping as he was having health problems, the jury heard. She asked for his credit card—but didn’t give the card back, then asked for another bank card a few days later which again she didn’t return.
Panayiotou went to his home every day, helping with housework, and all the while was opening accounts in his name, including store cards, mobile phone contracts, online gambling accounts and intercepting his mail and deliveries, the prosecution said. She used his credit and debit cards until they reached their limits, around £10,500, the court heard.And she gets to keep it too!
She was handed an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, and ordered to complete 80 hours’ unpaid community work.
No order was made in court about the money she stole during the scam.
The victim was refunded from the credit card company./facepalm