Relative granted power of attorney stole £471,000 from 88 year old in care home
Julia Patterson took money from her relative after being granted power of attorney over her bank accounts. The shopaholic from Sheffield spent it on designer clothes. She transferred £251,331 into her bank account and made other cheque and credit card payments, totaling £471,552.
The 88-year-old victim, who lived in a Sheffield care home was only given a small living allowance by Patterson and it later emerged that Patterson was in arrears for paying for her relative's care.
Patterson pleaded guilty to fraud and was jailed for two years at Sheffield Crown Court.
Elle Lambert, Asociate, Private Client team says, "It is no surprise that a case like this is highlighted in the media. The appointed attorney clearly abused her position and needs to suffer the consequences of this. However, cases like these are rare and should not discourage us from drawing up powers of attorney, which remain very useful and effective documents when used properly."
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Published: 16 Oct 2013