Conwoman’s heart op lie to dodge jail

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A CONWOMAN who stole £158,000 from her em­ploy­ers lied about hav­ing heart surgery to avoid be­ing jailed.

Joanne Brooks, 42, was ar­rested af­ter twice fail­ing to show up at Portsmouth Crown Court.

On the first oc­ca­sion in Septem­ber, the fraud­ster claimed she had suf­fered a heart at­tack and last week the court was told she was un­der the knife.

The court de­manded med­i­cal ev­i­dence and she was forced to ad­mit she had made it all up.

Christo­pher Wing, de­fend­ing, de­scribed Brook’s be­hav­iour as ‘ex­tra­or­di­nary’ and said: “There will be no med­i­cal ev­i­dence. That was not true.”

Wing faces up to 10 years in jail af­ter tak­ing cash from Laura and Roy Car­valho who ran a BMW mod­i­fi­ca­tion busi­ness in Gosport, Hants.

Brooks has ad­mit­ted two counts of fraud stretch­ing from Oc­to­ber 2009 to July 2011 and fail­ing to at­tend court.

She started work in an ad­min­is­tra­tive role and be­came in­volved with the firm’s ac­counts.

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