A former fashion designer for Cara and Poppy Delevingne stole £230,000 from her grandmother after she was diagnosed with dementia to fund a life of luxury in Beverley Hills, a court heard.
Emily Rosina Evans-Schreiber, 38, only had £40 in her bank account before she started helping herself to grandmother’s finances.
But her mother grew suspicious of her splashing out on trips to Los Angeles, five-star hotels, beauty treatments and designer clothes.
The mother-of-one, of Naseby, Northamptonshire, worked as a private fashion consultant to the Delevingne family in 2016.
She made 42 transactions totalling £230,000 between April and December 2018 but was given a suspended prison sentence of two years, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and take part in an alcohol treatment programme.
Emily Rosina Evans-Schreiber, 38, made 42 transactions totalling £230,000 between April and December 2018 but was given a suspended prison sentence of two years, ordered to do 150 hours of unpaid work and take part in an alcohol treatment programme
Northampton Crown Court heard that the defendant’s mother Clare had become concerned about her lifestyle in London so had decided to buy her daughter a house in Northamptonshire to give her granddaughter a better life.
Prosecuting, Lynsey Knott said that Evans-Schreiber, had ‘lived the high life’ in London but at a family meeting in January 2018, she was told that she was old enough to start taking responsibility for her own life.
At that point, the socialite agreed to take control of her paternal grandmother Rosina Evans’s finances.
The mother-of-one, of Naseby, Northamptonshire, worked as a private fashion consultant to the Delevingne family (Poppy left and Cara right) in 2016
Her grandmother Rosina Evans, who recently died aged 95, had been diagnosed with dementia in 2014 and lived alone in Surrey with help from social services carers.
But Clare Evans-Schreiber became increasingly worried about how her jobless daughter was managing to fund a fancy lifestyle staying in Beverley Hills hotels.
Barrister Ms Knott told Judge Rebecca Crane: ‘Mrs Evans-Schreiber contacted the bank who found that £230,000 had been transferred by the defendant from Rosina Evans’s account into her own account.’
Police were called in and found that £230,000 had been transferred as 42 different transactions.
Ms Knott said: ‘It had funded a lavish lifestyle – top end hotels, restaurants, non-surgical cosmetic treatments, high value shopping.
‘She couldn’t have afforded it without funds from her grandmother’s account..’
The court was also told how £21,000 had been put into the account of Evans-Schreiber’s former partner Sam Oguche, the father of her daughter, now eight.
When police searched the defendant’s flat in May 2019 they discovered luxury shoes, clothes and sunglasses.
Wearing a green jumper, black skirt and black high-heels, Evans-Schreiber, who has 13,000 Instagram followers, wiped her eyes throughout the proceedings. Her mother sat in the public gallery in court.
She pleaded guilty to one offence of theft and the court heard she had no previous convictions.
Mitigating, barrister Carolina Guiloff said that her client had always left enough money in her grandmother’s account for her to pay her care bills – and at the point police were called in there was £5,516 left in Rosina’s account.
Northampton Crown Court (pictured) heard that the defendant’s mother Clare had become concerned about her lifestyle in London so had decided to buy her daughter a house in Northamptonshire to give her granddaughter a better life
She said the victim had never become aware of what had happened and that Evans-Schrebier had sent flowers and chocolates to her grandmother.
The court was told how the defendant had suffered from serious mental health problems and alcoholism and had been the victim of more than one abusive relationship, which had been reported in the national press.
Ms Guiloff said: ‘She’s had 37 years of a blame-free life. She was out of control and wasn’t in her normal mental state.
‘It would be wrong for your honour to be left with the impression that this was a cold and callous woman who had no regard for her grandmother at all.’
Ms Guiloff said that her client had attempted to gain employment since the incident and had checked herself into The Priory to try to overcome her addictions.
Psychiatrist’s reports presented in mitigation said that Evans-Schreiber’s actions had been influenced by her mental health issues.
Using judgements from previous court cases, Ms Guiloff argued that as the primary carer for a young child, Evans-Schreiber should not be sent to prison
Sentencing her to a two-year jail term suspended for 20 months, 150 hours of community service and alcohol treatment programme, Judge Crane said that she had taken into account all the mitigating factors.
He added: ‘Do not come to this court again asking for a second chance. That’s what you’ve been given today.’