The widow of war hero has admitted masquerading as a 91-year-old woman to commit a £14,000 fraud, a court has heard.
Nichola Marlton-Thomas, the wife of Corporal Loren Marlton-Thomas who was killed by an Afghan bomb as he commanded a search team, has been warned she could face jail by Blackpool magistrates.
The court heard the mother-of-one started a double life despite earnings of over £38,000 a year from flats she owns and her £1,400 a month war widow’s pension.
The 34-year-old admitted fraud by pretending to be someone else to illicitly gain £14,036.
The court was told how a complaint by the Royal Bank of Scotland resulted in police going to her home in Alder Grove, Lytham.
They asked to speak to a previous owner a Mrs Eunice Lees and Marlton-Thomas told them: “She’s dead. I think I know what this is all about.”
She confessed to using the bank accounts of Mrs Lees who had died aged 91 in 2008.
When she was arrested police found a “wish list” written by her with her plans to spend a further £33,000.
Corporal Marlton-Thomas who served in the 33rd Engineers was the 100th serviceman to be repatriated through Wootton Bassett.
He was given a full military funeral in their home town of Lytham, where she was presented with the Elizabeth Cross in memory of his front line gallantry,
District Judge Huw Edwards adjourned sentence for a week so that the Crown Prosecution Service can find out to whom compensation should be paid.
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