Hitchin woman who targeted mother-in-law with massive fraud and thefts has case adjourned

Cambridge Crown Court, where today's hearing took place.

Cambridge Crown Court, where today's hearing took place. - Credit: Archant

A Hitchin woman who defrauded and stole from her mother-in-law to the tune of many thousands of pounds has today had her case adjourned.

Debbie Graham, of Grove Road in Hitchin, in January pleaded guilty to swindling her mother-in-law Barbara Tilley out of a total of £308,284.76.

But appearing for sentence at Cambridge Crown Court this afternoon, the 55-year-old contested the amount of money appropriated – claiming it was closer to £60,000.

The prosecution says that Graham stole £112,970, £160,587 and £20,277.76 relating to the sale of Mrs Tilley’s house while she was in a care home.

Adjourning the case until September 25, Judge Jonathan Cooper told the court: “The case must proceed to sentence on that day.”

Witnesses at that hearing will include the police financial investigator and members of the defendant’s family.

Judge Cooper told Graham: “I’m sure these adjournments don’t do you any good, seeing that you have expected to be sentenced several times previously.

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“The case must proceed on the next occasion, whether it’s in front of me or another judge.

“The same thing I’ve said to you on previous occasions continues to apply – on the day of your sentencing you can expect immediate custody.”

Graham admitted fraud and three counts of theft in January.

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