Woman stole more than £40k from mother and disabled brother

Fay Hughes, from Ilfracombe, admitted stealing the money while her mother was in hospital.

A WOMAN has admitted stealing a total of more than £40,000 from her mum and disabled adopted brother, a court heard this morning (Friday).

Fay Hughes, 26, of Ilfracombe, also pleaded guilty to possessing 4g of cocaine, valued at around £200, and 0.3g of cannabis.

She was charged with two counts of theft, one of £31,800 belonging to her parents Yvonne and Paul Hughes, and another of £11,662 belonging to her 20-year-old brother Nathan Hughes, who suffers from cerebral palsy.

North Devon Magistrates’ Court heard Hughes had been left in charge of her mother’s accounts when she was taken into hospital in June 2011.

Mrs Hughes regularly transferred money into an account for her son Nathan to pay for his round-the-clock treatment.

Prosecutor Karen Ball said: “Mrs Hughes asked Faye to be responsible for managing the accounts.

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“She wanted her to ensure the account could provide for his care.”

But when she returned home from hospital in April 2012, she found a large amount of cash withdrawals had been made from her personal accounts.

The cash had mostly been withdrawn in amounts of £250 to £300, the court heard.

Hughes had also gone online and turned off statements to Mrs Hughes’ account, so she would not see the withdrawals.

She had also transferred money between accounts to try and cover up her theft.

Hughes was arrested and afterwards the drugs were discovered in her vehicle.

Jen Law, defending, said Hughes had taken the money to pay off her drug habit.

Magistrates deemed their powers were insufficient for sentencing Hughes due to the amount of money that was taken.

She was released on unconditional bail and will appear at Exeter Crown Court on April 11 for sentencing.

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