Teenager steals £3,800 from own family

PUBLISHED: 16:34 14 July 2006 | UPDATED: 10:45 01 June 2010

Matthew Moore systematically milked his brother s savings account of almost £4,000 by forging his signature at the building society. Moore and his brother Ashley had both been given £2,500 by their grandparents, but after Moore spent his money on clothes

Matthew Moore systematically milked his brother's savings account of almost £4,000 by forging his signature at the building society.

Moore and his brother Ashley had both been given £2,500 by their grandparents, but after Moore spent his money on clothes and computer games, he helped himself to his brother's cash.

On 10 different occasions the teenager went to the Halifax in Wisbech to withdraw sums of between £200 and £800.

When his parents started to replenish Ashley's plundered account with three sums of £500, Moore continued to take the bank book to the building society and take that money too.

At Fenland Magistrates' Court on Tuesday, Moore, 19, now banned from his family home in Bush Lane, Wisbech, admitted four charges of obtaining cash by deception, and asked for six further offences to be taken into account. He further admitted causing £320 damage to his parents' home with a crutch he uses, following an ankle injury.

Prosecuting, John Nooijen said Ashley Moore was given £2,500 about the time of his 18th birthday. A total of £3,800 was taken, including money replaced by his parents, leaving just £8.55. Magistrates ordered a report and adjourned sentencing until August 2.

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