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A man who stole almost £18,000 from his elderly father’s bank account has been jailed for 14 months.
Allan Warren, a serial convict from Rhyl, committed fraud six times by using an online facility to transfer money from his dad’s account – the 45 year-old from Seabank Road spent some of the cash on jewellery, drugs and clothes.
Caernarfon Crown Court heard Warren had moved in with his father to his Abergele home after the death of his mother. He had a poor criminal record, mainly for assault, public disorder and motoring offences – he was also serving a community order after making malicious phone calls to a builder who had worked on his dad’s house.
His father was described as feeling ”disgusted and heartbroken” when he learnt his son had been switching money between accounts, purely for his own benefit. The bank involved has since reimbursed most of the lost money to the father.
Warren’s defence said he was now trying to turn his life around through contact with the probation service – but the judge dismissed a plea for a suspended jail sentence and an extended curfew.
Judge Geraint Walters told Warren that he couldn’t ”begin to understand” why he carried out the fraud on his father, whom he was living with rent-free.