Woman jailed after stealing money
A woman has been jailed for 12 months after she stole £57,000 from her elderly mother to fund her own lifestyle, leaving her mother in a state of neglect.
Anita Howell, aged 65 and from Plantation Road in Fakenham, pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position at a hearing in February 2016.
Howell admitted to taking over £500 a month from her mother’s bank account between October 2008 and August 2014 after concerns were raised by care staff at Barley Court, Costessey, where Howell’s mother, Vera Heritage resided.
Mrs Heritage suffered from dementia and sadly died in September 2015 aged 92.
The court heard how Howell took out a power of attorney to manage her mother’s finances when Mrs Heritage moved in with her in 2006.
When Howell moved her mother into Barley Court, a housing complex with care placement in 2007, Howell stated that she could no longer cope with her. Howell told care workers that Mrs Heritage was unable to manage her own money and that as a result she had made provisions for Mrs Heritage’s expenditure.
Howell was sentenced to 12 months in prison at Norwich Crown Court today (Tuesday 15 March 2016).
DC Gemma Weeks, from Norfolk Constabulary’s Adult Abuse Investigation Unit who carried out the investigation, said: "This is a callous crime, Anita Howell abused the position that she held as power of attorney to her vulnerable mother. Instead of managing her mother’s money in her best interests and providing for her, Mrs Howell used the money very much to further her own interests.”