Darlington woman steals thousands from vulnerable best friend and blows it on holidays

Darlington and Stockton Times: Darlington Magistrates Court Darlington Magistrates Court

A VULNERABLE woman is facing eviction from her home after her trusted friend took thousands of pounds from her - spending it on holidays.

Leanne Noddings, 32, was given a suspended jail sentence for stealing more than £6,000 after she was asked to look after the financial affairs of her friend of more than 20 years.

Her victim – who suffers from anxiety and nervousness – was struggling to cope with her finances and asked Noddings to help, a court heard.

Noddings went on to plunder £5,465.83 from the woman’s bank account and a further £1,197.82 from her Post Office account between January 2012 and August 2013.

Her victim only became suspicious when Noddings, of Pateley Moor Crescent, Darlington, told her that her benefits had been stopped.

She obtained Post Office statements which revealed her benefits were paid in and withdrawn on the same day, while bank statements showed numerous unaccounted for transactions - including payments to holiday companies Jet2 and Travel Republic.

Tahira Bourchier, prosecuting, said: “Police found the defendant had booked a holiday to Majorca and had gone on another to a holiday park.

“All holidays were paid for using that money and the defendant eventually admitted making the vast majority of withdrawals.”

A statement from the victim said the incident had left her "heartbroken and depressed".

It said: “She was my best friend, I trusted her with everything.

“ I now have to lend money from friends, I’ve run up debts and been served with an eviction notice.

“I couldn’t buy my children birthday presents and can barely feed or clothe myself.”

Carl Swift, mitigating, said: “This was an unpleasant incident, involving defrauding a close personal friend.

“She told the police she knew she would not get away with it and said for the last few years she had accumulated large amounts of debt.

“She had been living hand to mouth on benefits to keep up with that debt and when the opportunity presented itself, she seized it and stole from her friend."

Nodding admitted two charges of fraud by false representation and was given a 32-week suspended sentence with a 12-month community order and ordered to pay £2,200 compensation.

 

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5:23pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Mike2012 says...

Another oxygen thief! The "sentence" is as much of a joke as the whole legal system!!
Another oxygen thief! The "sentence" is as much of a joke as the whole legal system!! Mike2012

7:48pm Sun 12 Jan 14

maclaren says...

Without doubt the lowest of the low, if you can do that to someone you have known for 20yrs and call a friend you are capable of pretty much anything should have thrown the book at the low life dishonest thieving scumbag
Without doubt the lowest of the low, if you can do that to someone you have known for 20yrs and call a friend you are capable of pretty much anything should have thrown the book at the low life dishonest thieving scumbag maclaren

11:27pm Sun 12 Jan 14

Spy Boy says...

So the victim gets her money back from the courts and the thief gets the bill to pay back, possibly from Wonga. That should teach her.
So the victim gets her money back from the courts and the thief gets the bill to pay back, possibly from Wonga. That should teach her. Spy Boy

9:01am Mon 13 Jan 14

Homshaw1 says...

Spy Boy wrote:
So the victim gets her money back from the courts and the thief gets the bill to pay back, possibly from Wonga. That should teach her.
Does the victim get her money back?

The way I read it she lost £6K and might get £2K back if the offender comes up with the cash.

We have a person put in a position of trust and abuses that trust to steal from a vulnerable person. This has resulted in serious problems for the victim. I don't know what you have to do to get a jail sentence.

This is not justice nor is it any deterrent for others not to do the same.
[quote][p][bold]Spy Boy[/bold] wrote: So the victim gets her money back from the courts and the thief gets the bill to pay back, possibly from Wonga. That should teach her.[/p][/quote]Does the victim get her money back? The way I read it she lost £6K and might get £2K back if the offender comes up with the cash. We have a person put in a position of trust and abuses that trust to steal from a vulnerable person. This has resulted in serious problems for the victim. I don't know what you have to do to get a jail sentence. This is not justice nor is it any deterrent for others not to do the same. Homshaw1

9:30am Mon 13 Jan 14

jps101 says...

Why is the Compensation Lower than the amount that was stolen surely it she should be told to pay it back in full, otherwise she's still gaining from her crime.
I'm baffled as to how our justice system works!
Why is the Compensation Lower than the amount that was stolen surely it she should be told to pay it back in full, otherwise she's still gaining from her crime. I'm baffled as to how our justice system works! jps101

10:58am Mon 13 Jan 14

JJ2000 says...

It's the sentence that is offensive.
As far as the perpetrator is concerned, the crime more than paid for itself.

You've sent the wrong message Judge.
It's the sentence that is offensive. As far as the perpetrator is concerned, the crime more than paid for itself. You've sent the wrong message Judge. JJ2000

12:11pm Mon 13 Jan 14

jps101 says...

£5,465.83 from the woman’s bank account and a further £1,197.82 from her post office account = £6663.65
Told to pay back £2200
£4463.65 profit and crime doesn't pay?

Are any Lawyers out there can explain what's happening here?

Anyone considering criminality will look at these compensation news articles and be encouraged not deterred!

The victim should receive £6663.65 paid back from the thief and then some for the trauma and distress of the crime, come on judiciary get your act together!
£5,465.83 from the woman’s bank account and a further £1,197.82 from her post office account = £6663.65 Told to pay back £2200 £4463.65 profit and crime doesn't pay? Are any Lawyers out there can explain what's happening here? Anyone considering criminality will look at these compensation news articles and be encouraged not deterred! The victim should receive £6663.65 paid back from the thief and then some for the trauma and distress of the crime, come on judiciary get your act together! jps101

8:44pm Mon 13 Jan 14

Jackaranda says...

Pateley Moor Crescent, says it all really!!
Pateley Moor Crescent, says it all really!! Jackaranda

11:59pm Mon 13 Jan 14

shadow35 says...

Jackaranda wrote:
Pateley Moor Crescent, says it all really!!
Sorry but not everyone is like that on that estate. Find that comment offensive.
How come the judge hasnt put down a tougher sentence pay back less than half and it is all ok. What a joke.
[quote][p][bold]Jackaranda[/bold] wrote: Pateley Moor Crescent, says it all really!![/p][/quote]Sorry but not everyone is like that on that estate. Find that comment offensive. How come the judge hasnt put down a tougher sentence pay back less than half and it is all ok. What a joke. shadow35

10:00am Tue 14 Jan 14

Ally F says...

JPS101 exactly. Am I missing something here, but isn't the victim still hugely out of pocket by over £4K? The perpetrator walks free. She should be made to pay back every penny including lost interest at a rate that causes her some hardship and privation. That should not come out of any State benefits as that simply means the tax payer is paying it back on her behalf. She should be made to work 10 hours a day at a notional hourly rate doing community service until her debt to both society and victim is paid.

Only when we start properly punishing criminals in this land will we regain respect in society and drastically lower crime levels by making people think long and hard about the consequence of their actions before they commit a crime.
JPS101 exactly. Am I missing something here, but isn't the victim still hugely out of pocket by over £4K? The perpetrator walks free. She should be made to pay back every penny including lost interest at a rate that causes her some hardship and privation. That should not come out of any State benefits as that simply means the tax payer is paying it back on her behalf. She should be made to work 10 hours a day at a notional hourly rate doing community service until her debt to both society and victim is paid. Only when we start properly punishing criminals in this land will we regain respect in society and drastically lower crime levels by making people think long and hard about the consequence of their actions before they commit a crime. Ally F

5:52pm Wed 15 Jan 14

rat man says...

So much for the saying: A friend in need is a friend in deed!
So much for the saying: A friend in need is a friend in deed! rat man

9:48pm Wed 15 Jan 14

diabolical says...

Absolutely ridiculous. Ashamed at this pathetic suspended sentence. She will live the rest of her years still on benefits and get a fiver a week deducted from it to pay to the courts. A FIVER paid by the tax payers of this place we call Great Britain ! Is this justice ? Is this what the Court system churns out ?
Absolutely ridiculous. Ashamed at this pathetic suspended sentence. She will live the rest of her years still on benefits and get a fiver a week deducted from it to pay to the courts. A FIVER paid by the tax payers of this place we call Great Britain ! Is this justice ? Is this what the Court system churns out ? diabolical

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