Rebecca Ferguson ‘broke down in tears’ in Liverpool’s Crown Court as she recalled how her former friend and business advisor betrayed her and conned her out of thousands of pounds.
The X Factor star revealed how Rachel Taylor’s frauding had left her unable to trust anyone and suffering with panic attacks.
The Liverpool Echo reports that Rebecca, 28, was emotional as she told the court: “My heart and my mind are broken by her crimes.
“As a result of everything, I cannot trust people, and I was always a naturally shy person. I now question everybody and it limits me socially.”
The amazing singer went on to explain more about how it’s affecting her life, adding: “Worst of all were the panic attacks because she became so involved in my life.
“Every morning Rachel was the first person I woke up to. She would knock on my door and make sure I was okay. On reflection she would play on my fears, manipulate me and question everyone around me.”
The 54-year-old mum-of-two fraudster told Rebecca that she was a qualified accountant, with the singer transferring £3,350 to her to set up a trust fund for her daughter, Lilie Mae.
The paper reports that Rachel, real name Anna, actually kept that money for herself.
Rebecca also described how she’d moved her family and children out of Liverpool to a “secluded” place “out of fear.”
She continued on to explain how she became fearful of “how far [Rachel] would go,” saying: Her crimes go deeper than money.
“I felt she had become obsessed with me and my family and sought not only to steal from me but to rob everything I had worked hard for.”
In previous media interviews, Rebecca said that “well over £100,000″ had been stolen from her.
Reports claim £43,086 in total was paid into Rachel’s account.
Rachel was jailed for 16 months after admitting two counts of fraud, with Judge David Aubrey telling her: “In the court’s judgment you sought to exercise unscrupulous control and influence over your victim, Rebecca Ferguson.
“You were initially a friend of hers but the court is quite satisfied that thereafter you sought to trade on her success as a songwriter and singer.
“The court is also satisfied that you sought to trade on her vulnerability.”
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