A WIGAN woman has left her grandmother devastated after secretly using her details to try to obtain goods from a catalogue company.
Claire Lyon had been helping her 76-year-old granny with her financial affairs for a while and also used to do her shopping, a court heard.
But in April last year, without her knowledge, Lyon used her gran’s name and date of birth to open an account with Littlewoods though used her own email and home address, said Fiona McNeill, prosecuting.
She ordered six items worth a total of £336 but the order was rejected because inquiries showed that Lyon had previously run up debts.
Her grandmother, Margaret Mitchell, became suspicious about her activities and alerted the police. The 31-year-old was arrested and, when interviewed, denied placing the order and denied it was her email address but later accepted it was.
Lyon, of Cale Lane, New Springs, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation on the day of her trial.
Sentencing the mother-of-three the judge, Recorder Richard Pratt, QC, said: “It was a devastating breach of trust by a relative.”
He told Lyon that a victim impact statement from the victim showed: “She’s heartbroken by this callous breach of trust.
“You should be and remain ashamed, she was a vulnerable woman with several illnesses.”
Recorder Pratt said that Lyon had acted out of character and imposed a 12-month community order with attendance on a probation course.
He also ordered her to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work and imposed a two-month curfew between 9pm to 7am.
“You have some bridge-building to do in your family and I suggest you set about that as soon as you can,” he told her.
Martin Walsh, defending, said that Lyon, who has one previous conviction, appreciated the seriousness of her behaviour.
“It was a mean and unpleasant offence,” he said.