CORNWALL, UNITED KINGDOM — A con-artist student was sentenced to two years and eight months in jail after she tricked her former tutor into believing she had a terminal illness, the Daily Mirror reported.
Elisa Bianco, 22, cooked up a string of lies that landed her in jail after she took advantage of her former tutor, Sally Retallack, 49. Retallack let Bianco live with her for months and took care of her because she thought Bianco was dying.
According to the Daily Mirror, Bianco made fake medical documents to fool Retallack, who would give her rides to the hospital. Instead of actually seeing a doctor, the healthy woman sat in the cafe, forged hospital documents, and bought bandages to fake her surgeries.
Eventually Rettalack’s husband left her because of the stress that the crazed pathological lies put on their family. Then, Bianco took it a step further, by setting Retallack up with her doctor, who didn’t really exist. Bianco impersonated him in emails and on the phone. On the way to go meet the made-up doctor, Bianco showed Rettalack fake messages saying that he had died.
She even went so far as to tell everyone that she had been given three months to live. She drafted a bucket list, and Rettalack threw her a last birthday party. The deceptions were revealed when Rettalack went to visit Bainco at the hospital and none of the staff had heard of her. She was discovered in the cafe and admitted to the fabrications. A month later, police questioned her about forged letters and her fake email accounts.
Rettalack left her job and moved to France to start a new life. She told the court: “I trusted her and over time put her above my family and friends as I knew she would only be here for a short period of time.”
“I truly believed she had no one else. I have to live with this guilt and the consequences forever,” she added.
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