25 May 2018

Woman prosecuted for theft from mother with dementia

A woman who stole over £20k from her elderly and vulnerable mother has received a suspended sentence and 100 hours community service.

She was interviewed under caution by North Yorkshire Police and admitted to having taken just over £20,000 from her mother who has dementia and lives in a care home.

The woman in question had legal responsibility for her mother’s finances, however she took advantage of this position and took money from her mother for her own use as well as giving some to other family members.

This resulted in North Yorkshire County Council losing a substantial amount of money (around £10,000) in care fees that could not be paid due to the reduction in her mother’s funds.

North Yorkshire County Council, along with Veritau, the council’s fraud investigation team, liaised with North Yorkshire Police who led the investigation, and this concluded with the defendant pleading guilty to theft on 27th April 2018.

On 25th May 2018 she was sentenced to 7 months imprisonment suspended for 12 months, on the condition that she carries out 100 hours unpaid work. She has already repaid the money that was taken but was also ordered to pay £750 in prosecution costs and a victim surcharge of £100.

Councillor Gareth Dadd said: "This is another good result in the fight on fraud and shows that ultimately dishonesty does not pay. It is an example of how North Yorkshire County Council works in partnership with North Yorkshire Police to protect both public funds and vulnerable individuals. We encourage anyone with any information on fraudulent activity to phone the Veritau fraud hotline on 0800 9179 247 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.”.

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