Woman who claimed to be millionaire”s sister jailed


Woman who claimed to be millionaire”s sister jailed

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Michelle Dillon asked to be jailed to help tackle her alcohol problem

A woman who posed as the sister of millionaire businesswoman Ann Gloag before stealing two purses has been jailed for six months.

Michelle Dillon ordered a taxi to the Kinfauns Castle home of Mrs Gloag after stealing purses from people attending the Perthshire Gin Festival.

The 48-year-old has convictions for more than 200 crimes of dishonesty in the UK and Ireland.

She asked a court to be jailed to help tackle her alcohol problem.

Depute fiscal John Malpass told Perth Sheriff Court that victims Lorna McAllister and another woman were at The Venue bar in Perth on 17 September when Dillon sat at the table next to them.

Mr Malpass said: “The accused stated she worked for the BBC, that she was a scriptwriter for River City and that she was the sister of Ann Gloag.

“One of the witnesses stated that she knew one of the cast – at which point the accused changed the conversation, got up and came back with a bottle of Prosecco and insisted they shared it with her.”

Theft and fraud

Witnesses noticed Dillon had a purse filled with money and that she had been left alone with the victims” handbags when they got up to dance.

Lorna and Donald McAllister helped her into a taxi she had ordered and the driver confirmed that it had been booked to take the passenger to Kinfauns Castle.

However, shortly after it left, the missing purses were noticed and the police were called in.

The taxi driver was traced and confirmed he had taken Dillon to the Capital Asset pub.

The court heard that Dillon was sitting down to dinner, which she used Mrs McAllister”s debit card to pay for.

She was also found with £716 in cash.

Dillon, of Dalry, North Ayrshire, admitted charges of theft and fraud.

Solicitor David Sinclair, defending, said: “My instructions are not to seek an alternative to a custodial sentence.”