Carers are sent to Crown Court to face fraud charges

Carers are sent to Crown Court to face fraud charges

Carers are sent to Crown Court to face fraud charges

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Ten people accused of defrauding an elderly woman out of £1.6 million while acting as her carers have been sent to 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.

All appeared at Skipton Magistrates Court on Friday when their cases were sent to Bradford Crown Court.

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 and Christopher Carroll, both 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 – from Cracoe – by receiving and cashing a series of 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 of requests for petty cash payments in inflated amounts and for payment of work that had not been carried out.

They are due to make their first appearance at Bradford Crown Court next Friday, April 25.

All were allowed bail on condition they did not to contact the woman or her niece.

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