Sidmouth fraudster admits £150,000 building firm swindle

PUBLISHED: 09:28 19 January 2009 | UPDATED: 12:16 17 June 2010

A SIDMOUTH fraudster who swindled £150,000 admitted her guilt last week. Eileen Evis, 61, of Winslade Road pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud and one count of theft when she appeared at Exeter Crown Court last Friday. Evis was accused of stealing mo

A SIDMOUTH fraudster who swindled £150,000 admitted her guilt last week.

Eileen Evis, 61, of Winslade Road pleaded guilty to seven counts of fraud and one count of theft when she appeared at Exeter Crown Court last Friday.

Evis was accused of stealing money from the office accounts of TAG Builders where she was employed as a bookkeeper.

She was also accused of pretending to be another woman to open accounts with internet banking schemes, a credit card firm and Marks and Spencer.

She pleaded guilty to committing fraud between March, 2007, and January 2008 by deceptively taking £73,666 from the account of TAG builders and depositing it into her own account.

Evis admitted fraud in which she used a TAG Builders credit card for personal use and ran up £3,028 worth of bills.

She also pleaded guilty to committing fraud between October 2006 and November 2007 by cashing cheques worth £65,106 to herself or others.

Evis pretended she was called Linda Green, to apply for £15,000 from an internet banking account in November 2007.

She used the same name to set up a Marks and Spencer and Barclaycard account and to obtain credit totalling £1,014 between July 2007 and January 2008.

The eighth charge Evis pleaded guilty to was obtaining services dishonestly between October and November 2007.

She obtained £11,000 of credit, again using the same false name, on the agreement she would pay it back in full.

Her frauds in total added up to £150,000 said Recorder Collins.

Her Defence Counsel, Sarah Hornblower, asked for the case to be adjourned for reports, including a psychiatric assessment.

Recorder Collins adjourned the case until March 6 when Evis will appear before Exeter Crown Court for sentencing.

Evis was warned that she must attend appointments and co-operate with the probation service while she was being assessed.

She was released on bail.


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