Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Nephew Returns To Great Britain To Face Sentencing After Abusing POA To Rip Off 93-Year Old, Dementia-Suffering Aunt Out Of Home, Cash

In Scarborough, United Kingdom, the Scarborough Evening News reports:

  • A 93-YEAR-OLD Scarborough woman was left almost destitute and reliant on the taxpayer for her care after her nephew drained her finances of £76,000, a court heard.

  • Dementia sufferer Joan Gregory moved into the St Celia’s Residential Home in Scarborough and her affairs put in the hands of her only living relative, Peter Boden.

  • However, York Crown Court heard that Boden, 63, drained her savings and attempted to sell her Scarborough flat in order to support his life in Spain.

  • Boden, who voluntarily returned to England and handed himself into the authorities with little more than £2,000 to his name, appeared for sentencing on one charge of fraud and three of theft.

  • Allan Ambrister, prosecuting, told how Boden, who has no fixed abode in this country, was granted Power of Attorney for his aunt’s finances and, over a period of time between 2008 and 2010 he moved £46,000 into his own accounts. The court heard that Boden then offered to sell Miss Gregory’s Scarborough flat to a West Yorkshire family who already owned several properties in the same block.

  • He came to an agreement with the couple to sell them the flat for £75,000. The couple paid a £25,000 cash deposit and made some of the £2,000 agreed monthly payments towards the sale price before the facts of what was going on came to light.

  • Boden had been legally advised that all monies from the flat sale should be paid into Miss Gregory’s accounts, but none ever was and all but a small amount of St Celia’s fees ever paid – the debt for her care running up to over £8,000.

For more, see Man drained aunt of £76,000 savings.

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