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Woman who stole from her sick father is jailed

A woman From West Malling who stole from a sick relative in order to fund her own lifestyle has begun a prison sentence for fraud.

Linda Cooper, formerly of Durello Avenue, Kings Hill, was jailed for 12 months after stealing more than £35,000 from her own father, who was suffering from dementia.

She had been entrusted with managing Raymond Bartholomew's money, who was receiving care in hospitals and nursing homes. However, between 2007 and 2012 Cooper dipped into her father’s funds to pay for her own day to day living expenses, meals out and holidays.

Family members raised the alarm in 2012, following suspicions that thousands of pounds had been spent without permission of the victim, who died the following year.

This was a serious breach of trust against a very vulnerable victim who was suffering from debilitating mental illnesses. Cooper knew that he was no longer well enough to keep an eye on his own finances and used this to her advantage to deposit large sums of money into her own bank accounts in order to pay for her own lifestyle. Hopefully this sentence will reinforce the message that crime does not pay and that our officers will use every opportunity and legislation available to make sure criminals don't profit from their crimes."

– Detective Constable Brian Elsdon, of Kent Police