Theology student jailed for stealing widow's N3m via internet banking

A 27-year-old theology students has been jailed for stealing almost £10,000 (about N3m) from a widow she befriended.

Hannah Wright stole almost N3m from a widow

Hannah Wright, while studying at University of Birmingham, transferred money to her own account from Susan Patton's account over a two-year period.

According to a BBC report, Wright had asked to help the widow with her internet banking and then transferred a total of £9,881.35 from Patton's account to her own from April 2012 to May 2014.

Truro Crown Court found her guilty of fraud in May and sentenced her to 18 months behind bars.

According to Recorder James Waddington QC, Wright took advantage of the vulnerable woman.

"You effectively stole just shy of £10,000 from Mrs Patton, whom you had befriended and who in turn trusted you," he said.

"What you did, in short, was take advantage of this vulnerable lady to gain access to her bank account and steal money for your own benefit."

Wright's crime was exposed after landlords tried to evict Patton for non-payment of rent.

The court also heard that the widow's bills went unpaid during the period.

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