Tech & Science Serial conwoman fleeced nun and priest in fake cancer scam

11:56  05 october  2017
11:56  05 october  2017 Source:   9News.com.au

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A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a 4,000 scam . Over two and a half years Angie Emma Walsh, of Woodville South, made up a series sophisticated of lies

Serial conwoman fleeced nun and priest in fake cancer scam . A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a 4,000 scam .

A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a $184,000 scam.

Over two and a half years Angie Emma Walsh, of Woodville South, made up a series sophisticated of lies, including that she was dying of cancer.

Her elaborate manipulation including falsifying court documents and text messages to dupe those trying to help her.

Sister Theresa Swiggs said she was distraught after learning that everything Walsh told her was false.

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Serial conwoman fleeced nun and priest in fake cancer scam . A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a 4,000 scam .

Serial conwoman fleeced nun and priest in fake cancer scam . A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a 4,000 scam .

The trusting nun gave thousands to the 40-year-old mother-of-one, and then turned to Father Bill Brady and her own sister Angela Robinson to help.

"I'm so embarrassed and feel positively ill for the fact that I asked them both for financial assistance for Angie," Sr Swiggs said in a victim impact statement.

"I have found Angie's lies so deeply offensive ... I feel so cheated and devastated that she continuously lied to me about so many parts of her life."

Fr Brady, 72, lost $77,000 and said: "I've never felt so low in my life."

Over two and a half years Angie Emma Walsh, of Woodville South, made up a series sophisticated of lies, including that she was dying of cancer. © Nine News Over two and a half years Angie Emma Walsh, of Woodville South, made up a series sophisticated of lies, including that she was dying of cancer. The court also heard Ms Robinson handed over all of her life savings.

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Serial conwoman fleeced nun and priest in fake cancer scam . A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a 4,000 scam .

Serial conwoman fleeced nun and priest in fake cancer scam . A priest and a nun have told an Adelaide court they feel embarrassed and devastated after falling victim to a serial conwoman who fleeced them in a 4,000 scam .

"This has left me in a very dire financial situation," she said through a victim impact statement.

Walsh has lived a life of lies, with previous dishonesty offences dating back to 1998.

In 2010 she narrowly avoided jail for conning thousands from the Victor Harbour community, claiming she was dying of leukaemia.

She was again spared prison in 2013 for shoplifting, but was remanded in custody last June shortly after her arrest on 45 counts of deception, which she's since admitted.

In a letter of apology, she told Sr Swiggs: "You stood by me ... and supported me, contrary to what was said and written about me."

"I am truly sorry for my sins."

Walsh had promised she would pay her victims back, once she received a million-dollar inheritance that was being contested by her estranged mother.

But that too was a lie. Her mother was in fact giving her hundreds of dollars a week, totalling $50,000 over five years, while the offending occurred.

Her lawyer said she'd never lived a lavish lifestyle, but lived beyond her means.

At the time she'd been on Centrelink and living in a "nice rental", while her daughter attended a private school.

She conceded there was no explanation for her offending, but said she was participating in programs to rehabilitate herself.

Walsh was supported in court by her former husband and mother-in-law, despite having herself previously fallen victim when Walsh stole her bank card and racked up a $30,000 bill.

She'll be sentenced on three bond breaches, as well as these charges, on November 1.

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