A woman who sent thousands of emails, posing as 15 different council workers, to trick her friend into thinking she'd landed her dream job has been jailed at Liverpool Crown Court.
Helen Dove, from St Helens, groomed Kimberley Baker, buying her gifts and helping her with childcare.
Knowing Kim wanted to work in children's mental health service, Dove dreamed up a job at Warrington Borough Council.
She sent out headed letters and contracts from the supposed employer. But everything about it was fake.
Kim gave up a career spanning almost two decades and was plunged into thousands of pounds worth of debt.
She was forced to to take out loans and even cancel her wedding.
The court estimated she'd lost around £50,000 by the fraud.
Dove gained nothing financially through her lies - why she did it remains a mystery.
Today at Liverpool Crown Court Helen Dove was sentenced to 2 years and 8 months in prison for two counts of fraud.