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Sean McPolin

Mum who conned ill man and teacher out of £50,000 spared jail as her child has Strep A

A mum who defrauded a severely ill man and her teacher out of £50,000 has been spared jail as her daughter, 2, is seriously ill with Strep A.

Myriam Midi, 23, faked being in love with a man with severe motor neurone disease (MND) when she stole £16,000 from him .

She told him lies that she needed to pay for a family member's funeral as well as treatment for brain tumour.

Midi was only a teenager when took £34,000 from her former primary school teacher and his wife to buy a house in Wigan, after telling them she needed to pay for university in Bristol.

She also tried to take an extra £6,000 from the seriously ill man but was caught by police after one of his employees raised suspicions, Manchester Evening News reports.

Prosecuting, Brian Berlyne, told Manchester Crown Court that in February 2018 Midi started working as a carer for the bed bound man who could only communicate through typing on a computer with one finger.

She played the victim card, claiming she had many "misfortunes" in life, before he offered her £1,000 and declared his love for her in an email.

The mum was spared jailed after her daughter is "severely ill" with Strep A (STEVE ALLEN)

She then began to take advantage of him months later, claiming her sister had killed herself and asked for £2,000 to pay for her funeral as well as asking for £3,400 as a "legacy debt" for her father's funeral - both were lies.

In May she claimed she needed an operation which needed to be paid for, which was untrue and the main again declared his love for her to which Midi replied the feeling was mutual.

He later told police he thought Midi was his girlfriend and he wanted to put right the deprived childhood she had.

Midi continued to ask for donations, including £3,000 to pay Home Office fees for a British citizenship, £5,000 for fake medical fees and £2,100 as she "thought she was going to die".

After asking her for hospital invoices she would become vague and not answer, before asking for £6,400 in June to treat a brain tumour she had made up.

He begun asking her for hospital invoices but she would be purposefully vague and did not send anything before on June 16 asking for another £6,400 to treat a brain tumour she did not have.

On this day an employee of his raised concerns and he rang Manchester Royal Infirmary and Wythenshawe Hospital asking for her who had no record of her.

He stopped contacting her as he thought he was being deceived and contacted the police.

On July 7, the victim contacted Midi telling her how much she owed him and she went to his house, where she was asked to leave by police.

It was during the investigations around this fraud that another fraud committed earlier was discovered.

Her former teacher, referred to in court as Mr B, taught at Midi's primary school and he and his wife, Ms A, had kept in contact with her and formed a friendship since.

Midi told them she had been offered a place to study at Bristol University but couldn't afford the fees.

The 23-year-old appeared at Manchester Crown Court, but was spared jail as her daughter is ill (MEN Media)

The couple subsequently sent Midi £34,000 to pay for the course in November 2017.

Midi kept in regular contact with them, making up stories about her life in Bristol and her course, before they found out she was not studying there.

Midi, from Oldham, was charged with six counts of fraud and pleaded guilty to all of them.

Judge John Potter, sentencing Midi, described her as a "persistent liar willing to exploit others for your own selfish and greedy needs".

The court heard how she was the sole carer for her two-year-old child who is currently very ill with what is thought to be Strep A.

Judge Potter told her she was "wholly irresponsible" for having done this and would only be avoiding jail as her situation was "wholly exceptional" due mainly to her severely ill child.

He added: "You exploited somebody who was very vulnerable and somebody who believed they had a close relationship with you in your childhood.

"This sort of offending in almost every case would result in you losing your liberty."

Both victims of Midi's fraud felt "exploited" by Midi and her actions.

Judge Potter sentenced Midi to two years in custody for the fraud offences, suspended for two years.

"I will remember this hearing and sentence because I reserve all breaches to me.

"I'm sure you'll remember what I have said to you and how I haven't sent you to custody. (If you breach the sentence) I will send you to custody and you won't be able to rely on your child again."

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