Devizes man stole money from brother’s bank account hours after his death

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A MAN has pleaded guilty to three counts of fraud by false representation and possession of a class A drug after stealing money from the bank account of his deceased brother.

Peter Dean, aged 38, of Southbroom Road, Devizes, appeared at North West Wiltshire Magistrates Court on Thursday 30 June where he pleaded guilty to the charges.

He was fined £300 and ordered to pay a victim surcharge of £30 and £85 costs to the Crown Prosecution Service.

On 18 February 2016, Dean obtained the PIN for the bank account of his deceased brother who had died the same day, from a third party who believed him to still be alive.

He then stole £750 from the bank account for his own financial gain.

When arrested, he was also found in possession of cocaine.

Detective Constable Kev Golledge said: “Dean obtained the PIN for his brother’s bank account just hours after he had passed away, claiming he needed to buy alcohol for his brother, who was an alcoholic. In fact, his brother had already, sadly, died.

“His actions were completely selfish and he has shown no remorse for what he has done.”

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