Jeanette Lee, 74, siphoned the money from her dad’s bank accounts while he was unaware and living in a care home – she pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position
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An OAP stole thousands of pounds from her dying father before splashing the cash at bars and Ann Summers shopping hauls.
Jeanette Lee, 74, siphoned the money from her dad’s bank accounts while he was unaware and living in a care home with dementia, Derby Crown Court heard.
Prosecutors said a total of £63,430 was missing, but they could only pin £25,000 of it on the defendant.
Her father developed dementia in 2009 and in 2015 Lee was appointed in charge of his affairs, Derbyshire Live reports.
The court heard how Lee “helped herself” to her father’s money between 2015 and 2017.
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The judge noted that Lee’s actions “did not affect the quality of his life” because his income allowed him to be comfortable in the care home.”
Prosecutors said it wasn’t until the Office of Public Guardian, a Government department that helps people to stay in control of decisions about their health and finance, started investigating the missing cash responsibility was taken away from her.
Read pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of position.
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She was handed an 18-month jail sentence and suspended for 18 months.
Sentencing Lee, Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “It is always sad to see any person in the dock charged with a criminal offense but you are there having reached the age of 74 and having never been in trouble before and that is even sadder.
“Between 2015 and 2017, you accept that you helped yourself to money you would have got anyway upon your father’s death.
“He developed dementia in 2009 and (in 2015) you were appointed in charge of his affairs. What you did, did not affect the quality of his life or make things difficult for him as his income allowed him to be comfortable in the care home .
“It had no detrimental effect on him but that you were entitled to the money in due course is no reason to help yourself to his money.”
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Hal Ewing, prosecuting, said Lee, of Chesterfield, was put in charge of her father’s affairs in 2015 and for the next two years began taking money from him.
He said the Office of Public Guardian, a Government department that helps people to stay in control of decisions about their health and finance, took her responsibility away from her and investigated the missing cash.
Mr Ewing said: “She said she used some expenditure to help her father and spent other amounts in bars and at Ann Summers.”
As part of the suspended sentence, she was handed a four-month curfew, monitored by an electronic tag that will be fitted to her wrist, confining her to her home address between 7pm and 7am each day.
David Farley, mitigating, said that curfew would allow his client to go to her granddaughter’s wedding in late August.