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A woman who pretended to be a late pensioner’s daughter to commit a “calculated” £14,000 fraud has been sentenced to a two-year suspended prison sentence.
Inner London crown court heard that 45-year-old Figen Akin had claimed to be Iris Waite’s daughter so she could access her death certificate and cash in £10,000-worth of life insurance. She also took £4,000 from bank accounts and arranged Mrs Waite’s funeral, without telling the dead woman’s relatives about the cremation service, the Evening Standard reports.
Ms Akin, who had helped care for Mrs Waite after the pensioner fell out with her family, was convicted by a jury of wilfully making a false declaration at Kensington and Chelsea register office, two counts of fraud and two charges of theft.
Sentencing Akin, recorder Timothy Clark QC said: “When she [Waite] died you took very little time representing to others you were her daughter and next of kin, and the beneficiary of her two life insurance policies.”
He rejected Akin’s claim that £4,000 was withdrawn from Mrs Waite’s bank account with the pensioner’s permission, saying: “Once you started withdrawing money, which you thought of as wages, it just became too attractive to you.”