A man stole more than £3,000 from his partner’s ex-husband – and treated her to a trip to Blackpool.
Michael Wilde intercepted cheques sent to Adrian Smith’s former home in Outlane.
He also used the money to pay bills, claiming that well-off Mr Smith had left his ex in dire financial straits.
Wilde, of Back Green, pleaded guilty to two charges of fraud by false representation.
Kirklees Magistrates’ Court heard that Mr Smith’s marriage ended in December 2014 and he left the marital home, which Wilde has since moved into.
Mr Smith made arrangements for his mail to be sent to his new address in Huddersfield however some documentation still went to his old home.
Alex Bozman, prosecuting, said: “That was opened by Mr Wilde and some of the letters contained cheques.
“Mr Wilde didn’t tell his partner they’d arrived and decided to cash one of the cheques in.”
The Huddersfield court heard that Wilde, 42, went to Ramsdens pawnbrokers in the Packhorse Shopping Centre.
He opened an account using Mr Smith’s name and some of his bills as proof of identity.
Wilde successfully cashed a cheque for £255 and then decided to do the same with a cheque for £3,223.
Mr Bozman said that Mr Smith wasn’t aware that his money had been stolen until police contacted him.
Magistrates heard that Wilde had a previous conviction from 2007 for obtaining property by deception.
Mike Sisson-Pell, mitigating, said that his client’s offending ended after he put his drug problem behind him.
Wilde then settled into a stable relationship with a woman who had been left in the lurch by her ex-husband, Mr Sisson-Pell added.
He told magistrates: “He had a very good job and income.
“Then he left, very much to her surprise, and that left the lady in financial difficulties.
“Mr Wilde and she got together, they were building a life together and this lady was going through a very difficult divorce.
“Mr Smith is a high earner, he has property abroad and she was struggling.
“These cheques came through, he (Wilde) sees how she’s struggling and cashes in the cheques.”
The solicitor added that the fact that Mr Smith only found out about when the theft occurred indicated how much money he had.
He told magistrates: “Mr Wilde paid bills, bought clothes and went to Blackpool for a weekend to cheer her up.
“When the lady found out she was devastated and extremely angry.”
Magistrates ordered a full probation report ahead of Wilde’s sentencing on August 12.