Woman sentenced for fraud
A woman who took more £70,000 of her mother’s money has been sentenced to two years imprisonment.
Jane Fincham, 59, of Chet Close, Stoke Holy Cross, appeared at Norwich Crown Court on Wednesday (10 November 2021) after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position at an earlier hearing.
The court heard that between 25 February 2019 and 8 September 2020 Fincham had made fraudulent transactions totalling £71, 526.95 from her elderly mother’s bank account to her own. During this time, Fincham was acting as Power of Attorney over her mother’s finances after she was diagnosed with dementia.
Police launched an investigation after concerns were raised by Norfolk Social Services in relation to failed payments for her mother’s care.
Fincham was interviewed voluntarily at Swaffham Police Station in May where she admitted to spending the money on two cars and moving house. She told officers it was nice having money to spend and described herself as “a bit like a kid in a sweetshop”.
Detective Constable Gemma Weeks from Norfolk Constabulary’s Adult Abuse Investigation Unit (AAIU) said: “Fincham has abused her role as Power of Attorney, taking large sums of money for personal gain, instead of making decisions in her mother’s best interests.”
The AAIU was set up in 2001 and was the first of its kind in the UK. The team investigates allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults. The abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or even emotional. The unit works closely with local partner agencies such as social services and health providers to investigate offences and safeguard adults from abuse.