Carer who conned OAP out of £100k is sent to prison
A carer who jetted to Barbados after she admitted conning nearly £100,000 from a pensioner has been jailed for six years for her "despicable" crimes.
Toni Chippendale (56) was photographed in a national newspaper sunbathing topless on the island as she awaited sentence for duping Geoffrey Cooke, (86), out of his life savings and leaving him homeless.
On Friday, hours before she was finally locked up at Preston Crown Court, she brazenly insisted on her innocence, despite guilty pleas last month, and told a probation officer that she was "a giver not a taker".
That comment drew gasps in the public gallery from the family of her victim before Judge Graham Knowles QC told her directly: "You are a cheat, a liar and a thief. Your crimes are despicable. You must be severely punished."
The judge compared Chippendale, of Ingol, Preston, to "a smiler with a knife under the cloak" as he outlined how she fleeced Mr Cooke. Chippendale was sentenced to six years for the fraud and four years, to run concurrently, for theft.