Man ’embezzled £120,000 from his seriously-ill girlfriend then married another woman in secret’ 

Man ’embezzled £120,000 from his seriously-ill girlfriend after getting power of attorney then married another woman in secret’

  • William Dunn, 69, allegedly embezzled £122,027.15 from nurse Lynda Grant, 63
  • Grant was in hospital while Dunn secretly married Karen Dolan at a ‘plush hotel’
  • Dunn has denied the charges and the trial in Paisley, Scotland, is still ongoing
  • He claimed he invested the money on behalf of Grant to avoid care home fees

A man embezzled more than £120,000 from his partner, who was seriously ill and had suffered a brain injury, whilst she was in a care home then secretly wed another woman at a ‘plush hotel’, Paisley Sheriff Court heard.

William Dunn, 69, allegedly took £122,027.15 between May 26, 2015, and March 1, 2017, from Lynda Grant’s, 63, bank accounts.

He did so whilst she battled life-threatening conditions for two years in a hospital and care home.

He then married a woman named Karen Dolan without his partner’s knowledge.

Grant’s daughter, Gillian McCormick, 36, discovered the affair in 2016 when she found a photo of the secret wedding on Facebook, the Daily Record reported.

Nurse Lynda Grant was hospitalised then placed in a care home and later discovered her partner had emptied her accounts and married another woman

Nurse Lynda Grant was hospitalised then placed in a care home and later discovered her partner had emptied her accounts and married another woman

McCormick told the court: ‘I found a photo on Facebook on New Year’s Eve of all days – a photo of William with his bride. They were standing beside the cake in a very lovely, plush hotel.’

Grant, a nurse at the Beatson West of Scotland Cancer Centre, had moved into Dunn’s Elderslie, Renfrewshire, home and a jury was told the couple planned to spend their lives together.

The court heard that Grant even asked her children to make sure Dunn would be ‘okay’ for money if she passed away, suggesting giving him £40,000.

Prosecutors claimed Dunn emptied Grant’s accounts after being granted Power of Attorney with defence lawyer Joseph Barr claiming Dunn talked with the victim and her son about reducing her assets to avoid the cost of the care home.

William Dunn is currently on trial for charges of embezzlement but has denied any wrongdoing

William Dunn is currently on trial for charges of embezzlement but has denied any wrongdoing

Dunn also told the court he invested the money on behalf of Grant who claimed she had no recollection of such a conversation or signing a document which allowed him to assume control of her finances.

The Daily Record reported the victim looked at her bank accounts for the first time in months after recovering and saw most of her money had disappeared, including the money from the sale of her house and savings.

Grant told the court: ‘I’m skint now.’

She also said she had no recollection of a conversation about reducing her assets and avoiding care home fees saying she would ‘never have done that’.

She said: ‘I wouldn’t cheat anyone out of anything, if I found a fiver I’d hand it in to the police station.’

Dunn denied the charges and the trial ongoing.

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