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Man who snuck into ex-wife's house to steal cash ordered to repay £35,000
Monday 14th October, 2013

A man who snuck into his ex-wife’s house every week for three years in order to steal cash belonging to his brother-in-law has been ordered to pay back more than £35,000.

Bernard Young (19/06/1965), of no fixed address, admitted six counts of fraud by false representation and at Liverpool Crown Court on Friday 22 February 2013, he was given a 12 month prison sentence suspended for two years.

The victim in this case is a 68-year-old man. Due to him living alone his sister, Young’s ex-wife, became a signatory on his account. She would make weekly withdrawals of about £160, which she would use to buy his shopping and other essentials.

Young knew how much was usually withdrawn and from January 2007, began stealing the bank card on an almost weekly basis and making withdrawals of the same amount so as not to arouse suspicion.

He would then keep the money for himself.

Young split from his wife in 2009, but unbeknown to her, still had a key to the home on Bank Street, Golborne.

Over a further three years, Young frequently broke into the house using his key, usually in the early hours of the morning. He would then take the card, withdraw cash from a nearby ATM and return it straight away.

The card was kept in her handbag and on occasion he would sneak into his ex-wife’s room while she was asleep and take it. This resulted in his ex-wife having nightmares, believing she had seen a figure in her room.

Young has admitted that it was him stealing the bank card.

Over a six year period he stole a total of £31,080.00 - his brother-in-law’s life savings.

His crime only came to light when Young’s ex-wife went to withdraw some cash for her brother and found he had insufficient funds.

Young spent £20,000 of that cash on a barge boat and at the time of his arrest was living on Crook Marina, Wigan. He also refurbished the barge.

At a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) hearing today, Monday 14 October 2013, it was ruled that he had benefited by £35,300 from his crimes.

Based on available assets, including equity in property, cash and the barge he was ordered to repay his victim the full amount of £35,300 within six months or be jailed for nine months and still be eligible for the repayment.

Financial Investigator Keith Graham, said: “This was some of the most shameless behaviour, driven by greed, that I have come across.

“To deliberately break into his ex-wife’s home on what must have been in excess of 100 times really does defy belief.

“Thankfully he invested a large chunk of what he stole in assets, like the barge, and subsequently and as a result of our financial investigation and POCA legislation, the victim will now get his life savings back.”

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