Pensioner was defrauded by son

Published date: 05 June 2014 |
Published by: Staff reporter
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A DEESIDE man has admitted defrauding his elderly mother.

Michael Edward Palframan, 53, had power of attorney over his mother’s affairs at the time and used almost £70,000 he should not have had, a court heard.

The prosecution initially alleged that, between August 2011 and October 2012, he defrauded her out of more than £90,000.

But in his basis of plea, which was accepted yesterday, it was conceded about £21,000 of that money had been legitimate expenses involved in her care.

Palframan, of St David’s Court, Connah’s Quay, admitted two charges of dishonestly abusing his position as power of attorney over the affairs of Louise Palframan by applying her funds for his own purposes. The offences are alleged to have occurred at Prestatyn and involve withdrawal of money from two of her bank accounts.

He previously denied fraud and a trial was due to be held.

Palframan, who has no previous convictions, was bailed pending sentence next month.

Judge Philip Hughes, sitting at Mold Crown Court, told him: “When you come back you must expect a custodial sentence.”

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