Woman admits will fraud

A woman has pleaded guilty to a £115,000 fraud in relation to the will of a Pevensey woman she was the friend of and sole executor for.

The money was left by a woman in her estate to St Michaels Hospice, to help terminally ill people live more comfortably in their final days.

Andrea Garrick, 54, of Main Road, Icklesham pleaded guilty to fraud at a preliminary hearing at Brighton Magistrates Court on Monday October 6.

She had been charged with obtaining £115,000 by abusing her position as the sole executor of the estate of the late Nola Harmer and using criminal property, namely the funds defrauded from the estate.

She admitted diverting the money that had been left to St Michael’s Hospice charity in the will of the 70-year-old woman from Pevensey, of which Garrick was sole executor, to her own benefit.

As an executor of a will she was expected to safeguard or not act against the financial interest of another, namely the residuary of the will, St Michael’s Hospice.

Garrick will be sentenced on November 3 at Lewes Combined Courts.