A con artist stole £4,600 from a retiree who had paid for sex.
A DRUG ADDICT was spared jail time after stealing £4,500 from a senior whose trust she abused.
Marion Morgan, 44, took thousands of pounds from the 78-year-old man’s bank account to fund her heroin addiction. He allegedly paid Morgan for sex and their connection had devolved into a “friendship,” according to the court.
Morgan was given access to his bank account so she could take funds for herself.
Morgan, a mother of five, stole “everything he had” in less than four weeks.
However, the 20-year heroin addict was spared from prison on Wednesday at Manchester Crown Court.
According to the Manchester Evening News, she was sentenced to 12 months in prison, suspended for two years, and required to undergo a 12-month drug recovery program.
She was also given a three-month curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m., as well as a five-year restraining order.
Morgan admitted to committing seven theft offenses.
Recorder Imran Shafi QC, who sentenced the mother, stated, “This was virtually all he had.”
“He has suffered serious effects.
“He would pay you for sexual favors, and it grew into a friendship over time.
“It was love and affection on his behalf, but it was an exploitative connection on your part, at least on two occasions.”
Morgan, from Blackley, Manchester, was previously imprisoned in 2014 for scamming the same victim, but the two remained friends after she was released.
Morgan also withdrew a total of £4,600 from his account between September 30, 2019 and October 18, 2019, hundreds of pounds at a time.
The defendant transferred the funds to the account of another man for whom she provided care.
He was taken into custody, but no further action was taken. Morgan claimed he was completely unaware of the situation.
When the victim’s bank notified him to questionable transfers, he suspected her right away.
Prosecutor Patrick Williamson said she knew his PIN code and that he had previously trusted her to withdraw money from the account on her own.
Mr Williamson said that the victim had been evicted from one property and was on the verge of losing another because of his “misplaced kindness.”
In a statement, the pensioner admitted, “I realize I am too trusting of Marion.”
“I know I’ve been a softy and a fool, and Marion has taken advantage of it.”
The relationship had been ‘useful’ to both of them, said to Nick Clarke, who was defending them.
“They,” he answered. “Brinkwire Summary News.”