Bolton woman claimed to have cancer for four years
Clare Bain, 36, from Bolton, (pictured) even took relatives to fake chemotherapy appointments to hand over money she used to pay off loans or spend on herself
A woman who claimed to have cancer and said she only had three months to live to swindle her husband’s family out of almost £ 50,000 over four years has been jailed for two years.
Clare Bain, 36, of Bolton, even took relatives on fake chemotherapy appointments to hand over money she used to pay off loans or spend on herself.
She stole most of the money from her stepfather over a four-year period after “cruelly abusing” the trust he placed in her as he mourned his wife, who died of cancer .
The mother of three has even asked her husband and stepfather to take her to Christie Cancer Treatment Center in Greater Manchester.
She would send them to a nearby cafe as she walked in to pretend to have chemotherapy.
She stole £ 40,355.05 from her stepfather, John Mellett, and defrauded him of an additional £ 7,205.11 to pay off payday loans.
Bain (above, left and right) would send loved ones to a nearby cafe when she pretended to be going for chemotherapy sessions
She was jailed at Bolton Crown Court for a total of two years on two counts of fraud and one of theft.
In December 2011, John Mellett’s wife Glenda died of cancer after a two-year battle.
Bain had helped take care of her and after her death she helped Mr. Mellett while he mourned his wife.
In December 2012, Bain falsely told the Mellett family that she herself had been diagnosed with cancer following an NHS error.
She told them she was entitled to compensation of £ 230,000 and also told her husband Ian that she only had three months to live.
Bain stole most of her stepfather’s money over a four-year period after she “cruelly abused” the trust he placed in her
Bain also said she had a life insurance policy worth £ 90,000.
Roger Brown, prosecutor, said: “It was all a masquerade.”
She told John Mellett she was having money problems and was awaiting compensation from the NHS, so he gave her a £ 20,000 loan to help her.
In 2013, Mr. Mellett gave his bank card and PIN to Bain so that she could assist him in everyday life.
She would withdraw money for her stepfather, around £ 80 per week, but would also use the card to withdraw money for herself.
He also gave her loans of around £ 40,000, the theft figure, as he believed she should be compensated.
In October 2015, he asked her for the bank card but she told him that it was missing and that a new one had been ordered.
Mr Brown said this was a lie and that a replacement card was never ordered and the old one continued to be used.
In December 2015, Bain, her husband and their three children were evicted from their Bolton home.
As part of the act, she was setting up Christie’s dates and various family members would take her to them.
John Mellett asked her about the money in May 2016 and she told him she would pay him £ 10,000 and managed to trick him into believing she had almost £ 39,000 in her account.
On June 8 last year Mr Mellett went to the bank and asked them what was going on and a teller told him he was overdrawn by £ 139.
He returned home and confronted Bain but she denied any wrongdoing.
At the same time, other family members began to have doubts as to whether Bain was telling the truth about his illness and the police were alerted.
Between March 8, 2012 and November 16, 2016, Bain was convicted of stealing or defrauding more than £ 47,000 from his stepfather.
Bain also duped his brother-in-law, Craig Mellett, over £ 1,490.
She told him that she needed the money for a cold beanie, a headwear used to prevent or reduce hair loss through chemotherapy.
In a victim impact statement, John Mellett said: “I treated Clare like a girl and gave her everything I had. I trusted her and she was there when my wife passed away. .
“For her, it’s the lowest of all.”
Clare Bain, 36, was jailed for two years at Bolton Crown Court after claiming to have cancer for four years and at one point claimed she had three months to live
Nick Ross, toning down for Bain, said she had an impeccable character before this offense and was ashamed of what she had done.
He added that she is now a divorced single mother of three young children and that if she were sent to jail they would be the main victims.
Judge Jones said: “Mr. Mellett had tremendous confidence in you. Trust yourself sorely abused.
Bain was sentenced to 20 months in prison for theft and eight months concurrently for fraud.
She was also sentenced to four months in prison for defrauding her brother-in-law of £ 1,490 for the cold cap, a total of two years.