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Judge jails ‘dishonest woman’ for mortgage fraud

  • 13/09/2017
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Judge jails ‘dishonest woman’ for mortgage fraud
A “dishonest woman” has been jailed for three-and-a-half years after she forged signatures in order to take out loans and a mortgage against the home she co-owned with her ex-partner.

Sally Ann Parfitt, 51, mortgaged the property in Eccleshall, Staffordshire for £300,000 by forging documents to claim that she was the sole owner. However, the property was co-owned with her ex-partner Ann Wilson, who still lived there.

The court was told that the pair had begun a relationship in 1990 and bought the property together in 2001. After the relationship came to an end in 2006, Wilson continued to live at the property.

In 2005, Parfitt took out a mortgage of £300,000 with Birmingham Midshires on the property, forging the signature of both Wilson and a witness. She later claimed that her partner had signed a transfer document when she had not.

In 2014 letters began arriving at the property addressed to Parfitt, saying she owed money. It was only at this point that Wilson discovered her name had been taken off the property.

Recorder Mr William Edis QC said: “You are a dishonest woman. This was pre-meditated and planned for significant financial gain. There was an element of a breach of trust. Although your ex-partner was unaware of what you were doing she stood to lose her home. Most serious is the mortgage. You de-frauded Ann Wilson and the bank.”

Parfitt is already serving a four-and-a-half year sentence for £1.5m VAT fraud, committed alongside her father, for the dairy farm they ran in Somerset.

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