- 54-year-old Angela Kitchener honored her maid, Sheffield Crown Court heard
- Bride made false promises to her best friend to share in millions of pounds
- Kitchener pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud and was jailed for three and a half years
A bride who has her maid of honor imprisoned out of £27,000 with false promises of a share in an inheritance worth several million pounds.
On their wedding day, Angela Kitchener told best friend Nicola Reynolds that she was about to receive over £5 million from the sale of her ex-husband’s haulage business.
The 54-year-old promised to pay off his debt and mortgage as a thank you for their friendship, painting a picture of a future filled with new cars and luxury vacations.
Angela Kitchener, pictured on her wedding day, admitted to two counts of cheating and cried as she was jailed for three and a half years last Friday
She later asked Reynolds, the mother-in-law of five children, to be a guarantor on a £10,000 loan, saying she would pay it back when £5 million came through.
Prosecutor Maryan Almhod at Sheffield Crown Court said Kitchener said she would pay off her debts and mortgages and that she and her children would live a good life.
For months Kitchener, who worked as a quality appraiser for a defense contractor, made excuses as to why the money didn’t come, saying she was waiting for it to be transferred.
Miss Reynolds, 41, agreed to help her friend buy a new sofa and television and £1,000 worth of clothes from Next.
Kitchener also claimed that she had been diagnosed with terminal cancer, but was keeping the truth from her fiancé Paul, whom she married in November 2017.
The following year Kitchener told Miss Reynolds that her first husband had died in a farm accident and that her payment was up to £77 million but the money was delayed by additional paperwork.
On their wedding day, Kitchener (left) told best friend Nicola Reynolds that she was about to receive over £5 million from the sale of her ex-husband’s haulage business
Miss Reynolds, who runs a catering business with her partner, was skeptical when she learned that Kitchener had persuaded another friend to guarantee the loan.
Some amateur detective work revealed that far from owning a haulage business, her ex-husband drove a lorry just for it – and his new wife confirmed he was alive and well.
Kitchener of Barnsley admitted to two counts of fraud and wept last Friday after being jailed for three and a half years. Judge David Dixon told her she was a ‘fantasist’ who had ‘fabricated falsehoods’ to deceive her best friend.
But his victim lives out of pocket, with court hearings leaving Kitchener with no income to repay him.
Miss Reynolds later said: ‘She was like family to me. I hope she eventually starts to feel the pain, hurt and suffering that she has gone through.’