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The disgraced PCSO had plenty of chances to get in after an ‘idiot’ cheat – but kept lying

Ellisha Wilson has tricked Merseyside Police into paying her £1,600 a month wage twice, a court has heard – she even lied about her wages being paid to Jamaica

Wilson tried to get Merseyside Police to pay her wages twice
Wilson tried to get Merseyside Police to pay her wages twice

A disgraced PCSO in an idiotic wage scam said cash was paid to Jamaica to receive double pay

Ellisha Wilson has tricked Merseyside Police into paying her £1,600 a month wage twice, a court has heard – she even lied about her wages being paid to Jamaica.

The 26-year-old received an emergency payment from the troops in addition to her usual wages, but did not get in despite multiple chances from high-ranking colleagues.

She found herself in a “difficult situation” after running into debt from her previous job as a flight attendant, the court was told. Wilson, from Ashton-in-Makerfield, near Wigan, finally admitted her “idiotic” deception when officers produced evidence from her bank.

At Sefton Magistrates’ Court, Wilson admitted fraud by misrepresentation. The missing money has since been handed in, reports the court Manchester evening news.







Ellisha Wilson tricked Merseyside Police into paying her £1,600 a month wage twice
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Prosecutor Amie Gouldson said: “This lady was a community officer with Merseyside Police. In September last year she claimed her wages of £1598.82 had not been paid.

“As a result, she was issued an emergency payment of that money with the agreement that if she had actually been paid, she would not be paid the following month. She found that she had not been paid in October, so she contacted the payroll department and continued to claim that she had not received September’s pay. They sent another payment of £1,598.82.

Ms Gouldson said that when Finance tried to determine what happened to the money, Wilson’s line manager tried to help her by “giving her numerous opportunities to provide payroll details”. The prosecutor added: “In fact, Wilson had paid two lots for September.

“There have been numerous attempts to continue the deception. She submitted false documents and claimed that the money paid was debited from her account and transferred to Jamaica.

“The production order from her bank account was then presented to prove that she lied. At that point, she admitted that she had received the reward.







Ellisha Wilson lost her job over an ‘idiotic’ scam attempting to squander her £1,600 strength
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“It’s a breach of trust. Merseyside Police rely on the honesty and integrity of their employees.

For the mitigation defense, Vicky Balenski said Wilson — who had no criminal record — really believed she hadn’t been paid. She said that when she realized it had been her, she continued the pretense out of embarrassment.

“She got into debt after the airlines she previously worked for went bust during the pandemic,” Ms Balenski said. “When she was a stewardess, she had a credit card that she used to take all her expenses.

“When she got paid, she paid off the expenses. Things came to a head when the two companies she worked for went into liquidation. She couldn’t pay her credit card. She then became PCSO.

“She was paid but when she looked in her bank there was nothing left. She genuinely believed she hadn’t been paid and made the report.

“But then she was just embarrassed that she had said she hadn’t been paid and felt too deeply in it to basically turn back. It shows a lack of thinking skills and ability to think consistently. With respect, I would say she is quite immature.”







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Ms Balenski said when it was found that Wilson had been paid, her wages were halted. “In fact, she was not asked to repay any money and that was the end of her career as a PCSO,” she said.

“Since then she has started her own business and aspires to be a bus driver. That belief could have an impact.

“She was supported by her family, but it put a strain on relationships in her family. This is uncharacteristic of Ms. Wilson and something the family has never had to deal with before.

“It has been going on for some time and it has caused Ms Wilson considerable concern. She is glad that the matter will be closed today.

“She has no criminal record and is trying hard to better herself and turn her life around. She made all the concessions in the interview.”

District Judge Wendy Lloyd sentenced Wilson, telling her: “Like many people in the pandemic, you found your finances lacking.

“It was the same for many people in all kinds of occupations from all walks of life. I find it very hard to believe that you didn’t think you got paid. I imagine your guilty plea reflects that.

“You knew there was a big hole in your finances. You are an intelligent woman – I know you are an intelligent woman because I read the parole report. You knew your salary wouldn’t have put you back in the black, you’d still be in the red, you’re playing played.

“Nobody wanted this to become a criminal matter, but you simply insisted that I wasn’t paid, even when you knew you were being paid – which I think you were aware of at the earliest stage.”

Wilson was sentenced to a 16-week curfew from 7 p.m. to 7 a.m. She is also required to complete 20 days of rehabilitation and has been ordered to pay £180 in costs and a victim’s surcharge.

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