Woman forced to sell her house after ignoring her mother’s final wish to donate to hospice

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Deborah Nilsson, a 52-year-old grandmother from Liverpool, was jailed for 18 months earlier this year for fraudulently spending more than £20,000. Her mother asked for this money to be left to Willowbrook Hospice in Portico Lane, Prescot, which cared for her in her final months.

Instead, Ms Nilsson decided to use some of this money to pay for home improvements and a family holiday.

She appeared before a judge for a Proceeds of Crime hearing on October 29, according to the Liverpool Echo.

Despite having served only 16 weeks in jail, Ms Nilsson has now been released under a home detention curfew.

But she could end up behind bars again if she doesn’t return the money she wrongly benefited from to the hospice.

It was determined in court that Ms Nilsson has realisable assets totalling almost £62,000, comprised mostly in her home.

She has three months to obey a confiscation order, directed as compensation to Willowbrook Hospice.

Failing this, she could return to prison for a further 12 months.

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Trial Judge Anil Murray said “there is no remorse” in Ms Nilsson’s response to proceedings.

She denied fraud, insisting that her mother changed her mind about giving the money to the hospice on her deathbed.

“It didn’t take the jury long to see through your lies,” the judge said.

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“You say you have learned a lesson – but you maintain that you did nothing wrong.

“During the course of this case you have thought only of yourself and continue to do so.”

Willowbrook Hospice didn’t know about the will agreed upon by Ms Nilsson’s mother until 2017, more than four years after her death.

In July of this year, Ms Nilsson’s “estranged daughter” informed the hospice that it was supposed to be a beneficiary but that the money had wrongly been put to other uses.

Prosecutor Sarah Holt told the police in 2019: “[Ms Nilsson] admitted that she did not notify the hospice that it was a beneficiary of the will, saying she didn’t tell them because she didn’t want to tell them.”

“She had no intentions of telling them that they had been left money in her mum’s will because she didn’t want them to have it and had no intentions of giving it to them.”

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