Jennifer Bailey was appointed as Mrs Shaw’s attorney and abused that power by spending £63,000 of the sale proceeds from Mrs Shaw’s home. Over four years Mrs Bailey spent the money on clothes, alcoholic drinks and holidays.
At the time Mrs Shaw was suffering from dementia and was in a care home. Mrs Bailey spent all of her mother’s money leaving a £10,000 care home bill which had to be paid by East Riding Council.
On the day of Mrs Shaw’s death, Mrs Bailey emptied the final £22,000 from Mrs Shaw’s bank account, leaving no money to pay for the funeral.
A fraud investigation was launched in 2009 and completed in early 2013.
Judge Richardson sentencing Mrs Bailey at Hull Crown Court said, “It was a gross breach of trust. You stole more than £60,000 from your mother, an elderly lady with dementia, who was in a care home and particularly vulnerable. You were supposed to be taking care of her.”