Girl spends 38,000 pounds on mom’s cards

July 21st, 2011 - 12:03 am ICT by IANS  

London, July 20 (IANS) A British girl has been imprisoned for nine months for using her mother’s identity to embark on a two-year 38,000 pounds reign of lavish spending, including flights to New York, Italy and Tenerife.

Lucy Harris, 26, took her mother’s cash cards and lived a luxury lifestyle costing more than 38,000 pounds ($61,305), Daily Mail reported.

She even attempted to re-mortgage the family home to claim 360,000 pounds in cash.

The girl intended to punish her mother for not telling her how seriously ill her father was before he died of leukaemia, a court heard.

Harris ran up a 19,000 pounds bill on her mother’s credit cards and undertook flights to New York, trips on North Sea Ferries, and spending at Marks and Spencer, Center Parcs and hotels.

She spent 3,000 pounds on phone bills, 3,000 pounds on clothes and bought sofas, skincare products and tickets to see comedians.

She committed over 160 acts of fraud against her mother and grandmother, Ivy Harris, over five years.

The girl was finally brought to justice after she stole 12,000 pounds from her grandmother, who died within a week of discovering her granddaughter’s betrayal.

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