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Top cop talks of catching the Sun bingo fraudster

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: May 06, 2014

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POLICE chiefs who uncovered a woman’s ‘heartless and callous’ effort to steal her mother’s £100,000 life savings have spoken about how they helped to bring her to justice.

Detective Constabled Mark Woodings, of Staffordshire Police, talked in detail about Abbi Kinsella after she was jailed for four years at Stafford Crown Court.

Lottery winner Kinsella plundered the bank accounts of Margaret Bowyer, formerly of School Close, Albert Village, after her winnings ran out – and spent a huge chunk of it playing Sun bingo.

Det Con Woodings said: “The victim is an extremely vulnerable elderly lady. When she became unable to manage her own financial affairs due to the onset of dementia, the family entrusted Kinsella to look after her interests and welfare.

“Kinsella went on to abuse that trust in a most heartless and callous way, stealing every penny of her mother’s life savings.

“She systematically and repeatedly helped herself to more than £100,000 in order to feed a gambling habit and to live a life beyond her means.

“Her actions have left a proud lady homeless, penniless and in debt for the first time in her life.

“The family have found it difficult to comprehend and fully accept the lengths that Kinsella has gone to in order to steal from her own mother.”

The court heard Mrs Bowyer sold the family home in Albert Village, banked the money and moved in to rented accommodation nextdoor to her daughter.

But, over the next three years, more than £61,000 was transferred from Mrs Bowyer’s bank account to Kinsella’s, and in addition there were cash withdrawals totalling more than £38,000.

When her mother’s money had almost run out she stopped bank payments for her rent, gas, electric, water and council tax, to the point where Mrs Bowyer was evicted from the house nextdoor to Kinsella’s in Tamworth.

Kinsella, 54, of Fox Close, was convicted of four charges of theft from her mother, while admitting one offence of fraud by making a false statement to her brother, Steve Bowyer, that their mother’s money was in a bank account requiring 90 days’ notice of withdrawal.

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