A mum and son have been jailed after they defrauded a vulnerable woman out of more than £100,000. Diane Badger, 73, had power of attorney over the victim's finances.

But significant and frequent cash withdrawals from the victim's account raised suspicions, a court heard. Diane's son, James Badger, did not hold power of attorney but had access to the victim's bank and pin number.

The 44-year-old was voluntarily interviewed by police alongside his mother in January 2022. The duo, both from Wombourne, later pleaded guilty to fraud for a period between 2017 and 2019.

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They have been jailed for four-and-a-half years each following an appearance at Stafford Crown Court on November 9. Following the sentencing, sergeant Chris Wynn-Jones from the adult safeguarding team at Staffordshire Police says that justice has been done.

He added: "I am delighted that justice has finally been secured for the victim and their family. The victim was vulnerable and placed a lot of trust in Mrs and Mr Badger, who broke this trust on a number of occasions."

He continued: "I would like to praise the victim and their family for supporting the prosecution and helping us to convict two repeat fraudsters."