Bingley woman jailed for defrauding vulnerable brother

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A Bingley woman who took advantage of her brother’s learning disability to defraud him of thousands of pounds has been jailed.

Joan Gillhespey, 70, was jailed for eight months at Bradford Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday) after she had earlier pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

Gillhespey, of the Oval, was also ordered to pay £9,500 within 28 days or face a further six months in prison after she received more than £32,000 in pension payments which were meant for her brother.

Speaking after Gillhespey had been sentenced, Detective Sergeant Paul Stead, of the Bradford District Safeguarding Unit, said: “Gillhespey was supposed to care for her brother and help with his finances, but she took advantage of his lack of financial capacity to claim and spend his pension like it was her own.

“This was a shocking abuse of trust and we hope the sentence she has received will be of some comfort to him.

“The Bradford District Safeguarding Unit is committed to protecting vulnerable people, and those who are found to have committed crimes against them will be dealt with at court.”