Dishonest mother’s jail term extended

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DISHONEST Charmaine Katie McAllister has been sentenced to serve an extra four months on top of an existing 10 month prison sentence for three counts of fraud and one of theft.

Boston Magistrates’ Court was told on Wednesday that the offences were committed in August and September last year before she was sent down for separate matters on June 6r.

Marie Stace, prosecuting, said she stole a woman’s purse after her handbag was left unattended for five minutes at a horse show at the Newark County Show and McAllister emptied her account of £4600. She withdrew the money in two lots at Lloyds TSB Banks at Skegness and Spalding.

She made one unsuccessful attempt to draw out cash at a bank in Spilsby.

“The woman told police the purse was valued at £12 and there was £55 inside in notes and coins. She contacted her bank and replacement bank cards arrived. When she tried to pay for goods at Morrison’s, she was told there was no money in her account,” Miss Stace said.

McAllister also exploited previous work experience at a vets in Partney where time spent with the practice taught her that they have an account at a service station.

McAllister gained £40.44 of fuel from the Partney Filling Station giving the name of the woman whose purse she stole and asked for the vets to be billed.

“When police made enquiries, they found the vets had no such person working at their practice,” Miss Stace said.

McAllister, 24, of Black Drove, Midville, admitted three counts of fraud by false representation, one of theft and asked for one matter of fraud by false representation to be taken into consideration. The offences occurred between August 11 and September 13 last year.

Rachel Stevens, representing, said McAllister had a child who was becoming aware of her mother’s offending. McAllister wanted to be jailed for the offences so that she can have a clean slate when she gets out.

Magistrates imposed a three month concurrent sentence for the theft of the purse, two months concurrent for the fraud at the petrol station, and four months for the other frauds to run consecutively with her current term of imprisonment.