A RETIRED couple have spoken of their fury at a financial advisor who referred to them as her 'second parents' but still conned them out of their life savings.
A judge has warned 40-year-old Janice Griffiths to expect a prison sentence after she admitted stealing £95,000 from two clients, Alan Dingsdale and William Gray.
Alan and Geraldine Dingsdale who have known Griffiths since she was 14, say they feel they've been 'stabbed in the back'.
Mrs Dingsdale, 72, met her when she worked as a Saturday girl at Whittakers shoe shop in Runcorn while attending The Grange School.
They stayed in touch when Griffiths became a financial advisor and she regularly dined at the Dingsdale's Beechwood home.
Mr Dingsdale, 68, a retired ICI process worker, said: 'She used to call us her second parents and we were friends for years.'
But in 1997 Griffiths persuaded the couple to put £35,000 into a syndicate investment scheme.
Mr Dingsdale said: 'We trusted her completely.'
They were promised a return each year . But he alarm bells rang when Mr Gray contacted the Dingsdale's and told them Griffiths was being investigated by the police after failing to return his £60,000 investment.
Mr Dingsdale said: 'We asked for our money back but she stalled for five months.
Now Mrs Dingsdale is being treated for depression and her husband says his retirement plans are in tatters.
And he is furious that after being told he will never see his money again, he has heard Griffiths is still driving around in a Mercedes with a personalised number plate and living in a large detached house.
He said: 'She doesn't care about anyone but herself.
'We will never recover from this.'