Sheltered homes warden accused of swindling more than £40,000 from Sunderland residents

Margaret Tumilty, 62, of Gorse Road, Grindon, after appearing at Sunderland Magistrates Court.
Margaret Tumilty, 62, of Gorse Road, Grindon, after appearing at Sunderland Magistrates Court.
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THIS is the sheltered accommodation warden accused of conning elderly residents out of more than £40,000.

It is claimed Margaret Tumilty made unauthorised withdrawals from the bank accounts of people living at the premises.

Tumilty, 61, faced one charge of theft and three of fraud by abuse of position when she appeared at Sunderland Magistrates’ Court this week.

Tumilty, of The Grove, Ashbrooke, was not asked to enter a plea to the offences, alleged to have taken place at The Sanderlings sheltered housing complex in Ryhope, Sunderland, between June 2006 and October last year.

It is claimed she stole £5,990 from a Norman Brown between June and December 2006.

She has also been charged with defrauding Mr Brown out of more than £23,700 by making unauthorised withdrawals from his bank account between January 2007 and October 2010.

Tumilty is also accused of defrauding more than £10,400 from a Mary Watson in similar circumstances between May 2009 and September 2010.

The final charge relates to allegedly paying a cheque for £1,732 belonging to a William Laws into the account of another resident in January 2009.

Magistrates granted Tumilty unconditional bail. The case has now been adjourned for two weeks.

Owners of the complex said they did not wish to comment on the case at this stage.

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