A DEVIOUS bank worker who tried to cover her tracks to steal nearly £20,000 from a dying pensioner has been jailed for 18 months.
In what a judge described as a “tragic case”, a court heard how Susan Tagg stole £18,849 of dementia sufferer Betty Grace’s savings as her condition worsened in the lead up to her death aged 82.
The Free Press exclusively revealed last month how Tagg, who worked for Ideal Insurance and Estate Agents Ltd in Woodlands - which acted as an agent for the Halifax - gained her victim’s trust by visiting her Woodlands home.
After Mrs Grace’s death Tagg, 53, went on to steal another £900 from her victim’s widow Sydney, 80, which he had saved for his grandchildren.
Jailing Tagg Judge Peter Kelson QC said: “These were thefts concerning the highest breach of trust. I don’t think there could be a case where there was more trust in an individual which was abused as her health declined due to dementia and Alzheimers.
“These were two old vulnerable people. You were milking them.”
Prosecuting, Beverley Tait told Doncaster Crown Court how Tagg, of Windmill Balk Lane, Woodlands, made 58 withdrawals from the couple’s account between May 2008 and November 2009 before shredding receipts.
The irregularities were uncovered by the Grace’s son Chris, who took over responsibility for his parents’ finances after his mum’s death because his dad did not have any involvement in the family’s money.
When Tagg, who admitted two counts of theft realised she had been rumbled she tried to kill herself.
Richard Haigh, mitigating, said there was no explanation of why Tagg, who was remorseful and had repaid the money, committed the crimes. Mr Haigh said his client’s relationship with her husband was in the balance and she was suffering panic attacks.
Afterwards Chris Grace said: “We are really pleased justice has been done. We feel very sorry for the family of Susan Tagg but if she hadn’t done what she’d done she wouldn’t be going where she’s going.”