It happens only in Britain - Daughter runs up £20,000 debt after stealing cancer mum's identity

London: A daughter ran up £20,000 (Rs 16 lakh) debts after stealing the identity of her cancer-stricken mother.

Charlotte Dibb, 26, of Bracken Hay, Clitheroe, had been given responsibility for mum Gail McGibbon's banking due to her illness, Preston Crown Court was told. But she was 'betrayed' by her eldest daughter who used the details to take out a loan, two credit cards in her mother's name and another in her sister's. In total Dibb spent £16,590, rising to £20,941 with interest and account handling fees, after becoming a “victim of her own greed”.

The court heard Dibb had already got into debt herself, and faced repayment of more than £600 a month. After falling out of work, she was said to have bought a new car. Her mother only discovered what had happened when she tried to re-mortgage her home and was turned down due to the debts. McGibbon then played detective after being given an address in Lord Street, Great Harwood that the debts were linked to.

She discovered the home belonged to a friend of her daughter and, when she looked through the letterbox, she found post addressed to her piled on the doormat. The court was told she then confronted her daughter who broke down in tears and admitted the scam which she said was designed to help her pay off her existing debts. Dibb admitted nine counts of deception. She was sentenced to nine months in prison and ordered to do 200 hours unpaid work.

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