A Filipino caregiver who tricked a dying, elderly woman into signing a cheque to her for £22,000 (US$29,675) has been found guilty of fraud in the UK.
In May 2014, Rosie Stonard, 50, helped Marjorie Tomlinson, who was suffering from cirrhosis of the liver and given only days to live, sign a cheque for £22,000 to her, which left Tomlinson with about £1,000 in her bank account, the Get Surrey reported.
Tomlinson died in November 2014 and in her will, Stonard was left £5,000. Tomlinson’s granddaughter, Victoria Eugene, became suspicious when she found out about the cheque. Eugune reported the matter to police and Stonard was arrested in January 2015.
On Thursday at Guildford Crown Court, Stonard was found guilty on one count of fraud. The prosecution said Tomlinson did not sign the cheque as her health has deteriorated and it was not possible for her to sign.
“Marjorie Tomlinson did not sign that cheque. It was Rosie Stonard’s doing. And in doing so, she was acting fraudulently,” the prosecution said. Stonard worked as Tomlinson’s caregiver for 17 years before she passed away.