HE FLEECED HIS MOTHER-IN-LAW...AND BLEW THE LOT AT THE BOOKIES Gambler stole widow’s cash
A gambling addict stole £2,000 from his widowed mother- in- law and blew it at the bookies.
Ian Hanney, 49, convinced Janet Kelly, 72, to hand over her bank card after her husband died from cancer.
He pawned her jewellery and swindled her savings after she
tried to start a new life in Malta.
The crook admitted trousering the victim’s state pension after he was hauled into Paisley Sheriff Court.
Prosecutor Joanne Gilmour told how he persuaded her to setup internet banking for easier access to her cash.
She said: “The accused had been visiting on a daily basis to give assistance.
“Following the death, the accused was given a bank card and PIN for payment of financial expenses.
“She had only authorised him to use it for household bills and groceries – there was no permission to use funds for any other purpose.
“He then persuaded her it would be easier to set-up internet banking.
“She went to Malta, the accused went as well, but returned home.
“She went back around Christmas and arrangements were made that he would send money to her to cover her expenses.
“There seemed to an issue at some point about money not being sent out to her and she returned home.
“She checked her bank statements and noted that there was money down from her accounts.”
Hanney had been married to Mrs Kelly’s step-daughter, Karen.
He had been treated to a holiday to the Mediterranean island as thank you for helping when her husband passed.
Bu t the thief began raiding her bank accounts after becoming hooked on betting.
Hanney even waited for her to leave the country and pawned her jewellery for just £247 before keeping the cash.
He was supposed to transfer money to her to help pay for hotel bills.
The dad- of- two was used his close relationship with his victim’s former husband to worm his way into her financial affairs and has been disowned by his estranged wife and son, 27.
His daughter, 19, is standing by him.
Hanney was nabbed after Mrs Kelly discovered changes in her account.
Defence lawyer Rhona Lynch claims her client had to be medically retired after 20 years with Diageo after being diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and turned to drink and gambling.
Sh e said: “He suggested setting- up internet banking so her money could be sent to his account.
“Her pension and benefits were paid into her account and then transferred into his account.
“He was going into Western Union with cash and she could go in and collect it in Malta.
“This happened for a number of months.
“During this period, he had a significant gambling addiction, he was drinking and his mental health was suffering.”
Hanney withdrew cash from the accounts at the Bank of Scotland at Paisley Cross and transferred money online and took the cash from the jewellery sale from a home in nearby Ellon Way.
The scam lasted six months before he was caught in August 2015.
Sheriff Seith Ireland slammed the liar for the cruel theft.
He said: “This is a serious matter and you were in a position of trust.
“You breached that trust and took a substantial amount of money. It is a matter for concern.”
Hanney, of Hamilton Court, Paisley, has been ordered to return for sentencing on January 5.
In the dock