Woman found guilty of defrauding elderly friend of over £50,000

Tue, 29 Jun 2021

The defendant, Maria Marston, was found guilty of defrauding an elderly, vulnerable friend who she had befriended when she was a teenager.

Ms Marston had endured a horrendous childhood and the victim had helped her. Marston had been adopted at the age of 7 weeks and suffered abuse at the hands of her adopted mother's partners. She later found her birth mother, whose partner began to take money from her over a period of years. She was forced to remortgage her home and was in significant financial trouble.

Marston then began lying to the victim and took a series of loans from her, stating she would repay the money as she had a trust fund in place. Over £50,000 was taken. The matter came to the attention of the Insolvency Service who made the defendant bankrupt and then subject to the fraud charges.

The defendant repaid a lot of the money prior to her sentence. Ecky Tiwana defended.

To read more about this case, visit https://www.leicestermercury.co.uk/news/leicester-news/shamed-fraudster-tricked-elderly-widow-5585515

Related articles

Chloe Ashley, who acted as junior Counsel in the trial of Thomas Hughes last year appeared together with leading counsel, Bernard Richmond QC at the Special Court this week as directed by the Lord Chief Justice....

Date: Fri, 06 May 2022
No5 Barristers' Chambers is delighted to annoucne that Francesca Perera has joined the Crime Group...

Date: Mon, 07 Mar 2022
‘Operation Zeroth’ involved the prosecution of eight men and one woman, following the death of a man in Leamington Spa on 28th June 2020. All nine defendants were charged with Murder (Manslaughter in the alternative) and with an additional count of Conspiracy to Commit Grievous Bodily Harm....

Date: Tue, 01 Mar 2022