A WOMAN who tried to con her family out of £400,000 has been jailed for nine months.
Lucy Harris spent thousands on luxury holidays and tried to remortgage her house using the money she had taken from her mother and grandmother.
The 26 -year-old, who had lived in Pocklington, was brought to justice after taking £12,000 from her grandmother, who died within a week of discovering her betrayal.
It was heard how she blew thousands on clothes, furniture, and nights out, as well as lavish holidays around the world, including New York, Tenerife and Amsterdam.
She even applied for £360,000 of mortgages on her mother’s home in Stamford Bridge and ten credit and store cards in her mother’s name.
Harris, who lied to her family, claiming she had a first-class degree from Liverpool John Moore’s University, committed the crimes in Pocklington, Stamford Bridge and Liverpool.
She pleaded guilty to 12 counts of fraud and asked for 150 further offences to be taken into consideration.
When jailing her at Hull Crown Court, Judge Michael Mettyear described her as being “thoroughly manipulative” and described the acts as “utterly despicable” after being given several chances by her mother.
Harris claimed her actions were in revenge for her mother failing to tell her that her father was dying from leukaemia in 2000.
For four years, her mother blamed herself for her daughter’s actions and paid off the debts. Last year, she finally called the police until Harris begged her to drop the charges, promising to change.
Within months, she turned to stealing thousands from her grandmother.
Despite a letter to the court from her mother begging for the judge not to jail her, he rejected the claims that it was down to the loss of her father, calling it “determined dishonesty”.