Cleaner guilty of cheating woman's estate

Toby Mann

A cleaner accused of swindling the multimillion-dollar estate of an elderly dementia sufferer has been found guilty.

Victoria Anne Adams created a fake will for Edna Pearson's lucrative estate, which included four properties.

She has been on trial in the Sydney District Court charged with conspiring with others to cheat and defraud the estate of the 82-year-old, who had dementia and died in 2008.

Ms Pearson was a qualified accountant who was very particular and the trial heard she was passionate about family and ensuring her wealth went to close relatives.

She never married or had any children.

But she had promised her niece Suzanne Rae Corney and nephew Thomas Sidney Pearson they would inherit a NSW property.

When their aunt died, they only received $10,000, instead of all her property, as was bequeathed in a 1978 will.

Instead, a 1999 version directed the assets to Adams.

None of the five witnesses at the trial had any memory of Ms Pearson saying her estate would go to anyone other than her nephew and niece.

Adams was granted conditional bail after being found guilty.

She is due to be sentenced at a later date.