By Court Reporter Monday 04 November 2013 Updated: 04/11 10:47
A WOMAN who stole more than £65,000 from her own mother’s bank account has narrowly escaped being jailed – for the sake of her children.
Lisa Innamorati pleaded guilty at Warwick Crown Court to stealing money from her mother Lynne Doogan's savings account between May 2011 and April this year.
The 33-year-old, of Redditch Road in Studley, was sentenced to two years in prison suspended for two years. She was also ordered to carry out 200 hours of unpaid work and to pay a £100 victim surcharge, but was not ordered to pay any costs or compensation.
The court heard Mrs Doogan had put £140,000 into a savings account from the sale of her Studley home when she retired in 2010 and moved into a mobile homes in Wales. But she was not able to access it directly so gave Innamorati authority to deal with internet transfers from the savings account into her ordinary bank account.
Because she truster her daughter Mrs Doogan did not pay any attention to what was happening with the savings account until she started going through some correspondence at Innamorati's home and realised money was being transferred to her daughter's account.
In May 2011 there had been £117,500 in the savings account but by April there was just £5,600 left.
The court heard Innamorati had made 64 transactions into her own account over a period of 23 months, usually £1,000 a time, although on occassions up to £2,000 was transferred or as little as £300 to £400.
Innamorati, who had no previous convictions and has suffered from depression for a number of years, admitted what she had when arrested.
Simon Hunka, defending, said Innamorati's offending began after a a take-away food van business she had started with her former husband in 2011 took a turn for the worse and when they split up at the start of last year, he took the assets and left, leaving her with two children.
He said the relationship between Innamorati and her mother had been a close one but they had not spoken since the theft came to light. Mr Hunka added while Innamorati acknowledged a prison sentence was 'richly deserved' there would be no-one to look after her children who would be taken into care.
"The impact on her children of a custodial sentence would be undeniably significant, and they are blameless in this."
Sentencing Innamorati, Recorder Roger Evans said due to that fact and it being Innamorati's first offence he was 'just persuaded' he did not need to send her to prison.
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