Woman Jailed Over Paisley Family Fraud Is Dead

21 March 2016, 06:12 | Updated: 21 March 2016, 06:15

A woman who was jailed after a mother and daughter killed themselves when she tried to extort money from them has died after collapsing in prison.

Linsey Cotton, 33, was jailed for three years in October after admitting £10,500 fraud.

She tricked Michael McDonough, 33, out of £5,000 and then tried to extort £5,500 from his mother Margaret McDonough, 53, and her daughter Nicola, 23, from Paisley.

Cotton told the mother and daughter they faced 20 years in jail for breaching a non-existent confidentiality clause.

The pair were found seriously injured in a hotel in Greenock days later, in May 2013, and later died in hospital.

A Police Scotland spokeswoman said: "Police in Edinburgh are investigating after the death of a 33-year-old woman prisoner from HMP Saughton on Sunday morning.

"A report will be sent to the procurator fiscal."

Fatal accident inquiries are routinely held for deaths in custody.