Solicitor and his wife ripped off retired vicar to fund highspending lifestyle

first_imgProsecutor Philip Standfast said: “Clare Scott must have known about the perilous state of the family’s financial circumstances and she must have known that the large sums of money transferring into and out of their joint account was being used to pay for their high spending lifestyle and did not come from her husband’s legitimate income.“It was obvious that these sums of money were the result of her husband’s criminal conduct.”As a carer for Mrs Waugh, Mrs Scott claims she made accounts of how much time she spent with her and provided receipts for her expenditure which she gave to her husband who had power of attorney over the priest’s account. He then arranged for the money to be paid to his wife.She said she did not check if the amounts tallied and said she was “extremely shocked” to learn Mr Scott had taken out tens of thousands of pounds on credit cards and ran up huge debts.“I had absolutely no idea at all what was going on with that account,” she said. “If I had known, I would have wept, just as I feel like weeping now.”Asked by the prosecutor where she thought more than £5,000 a month on credit cards was going, she said: “The mortgage, his hobbies and wine.”  Mrs Scott also told the court that her husband concealed the fact he had been sacked from his job.And insisted she knew nothing of an arrangement for the vicar to pay £300 a month towards their Volkswagen car.Giles Scott had admitted a series of fraud and theft charges in respect of Mrs Waugh and also three other elderly victims for whom he had power of attorney, as well as transferring criminal property.The case continues against Mrs Scott. All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane Waugh All Saints Church in Brandsby, North Yorkshire, where the couple met Jane WaughCredit:Glen Minikin A retired female priest had £230,000 stolen by a couple she met at her local church choir, who spent the money on fine wines and an extravagant lifestyle, a court heard.Jane Waugh, 78, became friends with lawyer Giles Scott and his wife Clare through their village church and she paid Mrs Scott to be her carer after her husband died.But the couple “abused the trust” the vicar had placed in them and financial problems led them to “rip off” Mrs Waugh, stealing hundreds of thousands of pounds from her. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertycenter_img Mr and Mrs Scott were active in the local community of Stearsby, in North Yorkshire, but monthly overspending meant the couple’s overdraft often reached £10,000.At Teeside Crown Court, prosecutor Philip Standfast said that while Mr Scott earned £3,500 a month as a partner in the law firm Langley’s, in York, their mortgage repayments were £1,800 a month and they frequently spent £5,000 a month on credit cards.Giles Scott, 63, spent £827 on a night out in a pub, the court heard, and was withdrawing around £700 in cash on his credit card every two or three days in a month-long period in 2015.He has admitted a number of frauds and thefts against four other elderly people who had trusted him with power of attorney.However his wife, Clare, 62, denies six charges of transferring criminal property, amounting to £50,890.Mrs Scott, who also has a soft-furnishing business as well as being a carer, told the court she thought her husband was “an honourable man” and has denied any knowledge of their debts. Clare denies six charges of transferring criminal propertyCredit:Glen Minikin Want the best of The Telegraph direct to your email and WhatsApp? Sign up to our free twice-daily  Front Page newsletter and new  audio briefings.last_img

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