By Luke Andrews For Mailonline
Published: 15:18 BST, 3 May 2019 | Updated: 15:19 BST, 3 May 2019
Mother-of-three Melaney Watford, 39, was jailed for two years and three months at Kingston-upon-Thames crown court after spending £60,000 of a teenage orphan's inheritance fund
A trustee of a teenage orphan’s inheritance who helped herself to up to £60,000 of the boy’s money has been jailed for two years and three months.
Mother-of-three Melaney Watford, 39, was a close friend of the parents of the teen, who turns 18 years-old later this year, and had financial control of his trust fund.
However, she withdrew £250 cash on an almost daily basis and has none left to pay compensation.
Watford, from Mitcham, pleaded guilty to one charge of fraud by abuse of position between May 25, 2015 and January 19, last year.
Prosecutor Mr. John Reilly told Kingston-upon-Thames Crown Court: 'It has always been difficult to put a monetary value on this fraud.'
Investigators believe £30,000-£60,000 was stolen by Watford, who is also the boy’s legal guardian.
He was left a £125,000 lump sum, plus £200 per month following the tragic death of his mother and father from natural causes within months of each other.
She spent the money on takeaways, dentist trips and employing