A thief who stole over £28,000 over a four-year period from an elderly woman who ‘treated her like a daughter’, to fund her lavish lifestyle has been jailed.
Amara Ahmed, 24, from Fallowfield, lived next door to the victim who had known her all her life and even took her to school as a child.
But when Ahmed, who worked at Manchester Airport and drove an Audi A3, got access to the vulnerable pensioner’s bank account as ‘a trusted neighbour’, she swindled £27,880 over almost four years.
She also gained access to the victims pin number by looking over her shoulder when they were at a cashpoint together
She used the victims card on to go on shopping sprees in Asos, Topshop, Selfridges and John Lewis, spending money on clothes and other items.
Some of the goods were delivered to Ahmed’s victim door, who unwittingly signed for them as a trusted neighbour before handing them over to Ahmed, unaware it was her money which paid for the items.
The theft occurred in hundreds of separate transactions and Ahmed continued until August last year until she was caught.
Knowing she had been found out, Ahmed visited the victim at home and made a tearful confession – before begging her not to go to police.
Prosecutor, Robin Lynch, had told the court: “The victim was her next door neighbour, who she had known all her life.
“She described her as like a daughter to her.
“The Crown say she has been targeted because of her vulnerability.
“The defendant took out money systematically in hundreds of transactions from the victim’s account, moving it from one account to another.
“She had access to the accounts as she was a trusted next door neighbour.”
Ahmed, of Avian Drive, Fallowfield, pleaded guilty to one count of theft and has now been jailed for ten months by Judge Patrick Field QC.
The Judge said the victim had been ‘deliberately targeted’ and could not accept the defence pleas to suspend the sentence.
In a statement, the victim said: “I’m incredibly hurt and stunned by what Amara has done to me – it really, really upset me as she was like a daughter or granddaughter to me. I have known her since she was a little baby and never expected she would ever treat me in the way she has done – I’ve only ever been kind to her. Amara had my complete trust and I can’t believe the extent of the money she has taken from me, and that she had been doing it for such a long time.”