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Woman jailed for stealing £61,000 from parents bank account

A woman who admitted stealing more than £61,000 from her parents bank account has been jailed for eight months.

Michelle Cooper, 30, from Kilwinning, North Ayrshire, accessed internet details for an account where her father had deposited an inheritance.

She made withdrawals over a four-day period in May before telling her father what she had done.

Kilmarnock Sheriff Court heard that Cooper, who is an accomplished bowler, had a gambling addiction.

'Serious matter'

Jailing her, Sheriff David Hall said: "Clearly this incident is extremely serious. Over a period of four days, you stole £61,250 from your parents of an inheritance for your father.

"Fortunately, the money was paid back by the bank but that's no thanks to you.

"It's an extremely serious matter and I'm satisfied there is no alternative to a custodial sentence in your case."

The court heard that Cooper's father had deposited an inheritance in a bank account which she managed to access through internet details.

Her father, Alexander, 77, discovered she had removed £8,000 and raised the matter with the bank, but despite this warning she was able to remove more cash.

On 11 May, Cooper told her father that she had emptied his account of £61,250.

Cooper and her mother later attended Saltcoats police office, where she admitted what she had done.

The court heard that the bank had since made a full repayment in respect of the amount taken.

Cooper is an accomplished national level bowler who has played for Blacklands bowling club in Kilwinning and narrowly missed out on a place in the Scotland squad for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

She was a baton bearer during the games.

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