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Man stole £65,000 from sick dad and spent money on automobile, watching soccer and escorts

A scammer stole £ 65,000 from his sick father and spent them on hotel escorts, a car and a hospitality box at Liverpool FC, a court heard.

Carl Hadfield splashed cash in an Audi A5 that he had withdrawn from the bank accounts of his father, a former miner with serious lung problems.

The 49-year-old pretended to be his father when NatWest Bank called to inquire about suspicious transactions, Derbyshire Live reports.

After Hadfield was initially accused of taking nearly £ 50,000, he went on the run and helped himself make even more money.

His sister called the police to tell them that her thieving brother lived in a trailer at the foot of her parents’ garden.

The court heard that Hadfield used some of the money to pay for a hospitality box in Anfield

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Even so, Hadfield’s father asked that his son not be jailed, Derby Crown Court heard.

Judge Jonathan Bennett imprisoned Hadfield for 20 months, saying, “It has to be custody, the offenses are so serious that it would be inappropriate to suspend them.

“He was sick, spent time in the hospital and in a nursing home, and your mother was doing badly too.

“They threw the money away in many inappropriate ways.”

Prosecutor Rebecca Coleman said the first offenses occurred in 2017 when Hadfield’s father was hospitalized with fluid in his lungs linked to his time in the box.

According to Derby Crown Court, Hadfield spent part of the money on hotel escorts (file picture).

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She said during that time his daughter, the defendant’s sister, helped with finances and had access to her father’s bank accounts.

Miss Coleman said in November 2017 that the daughter found there was a lack of money on a Santander account and so she let her father go to one of the branches.

She said, “They were told that payments were made to Now TV, Amazon, and a large number of PayPal transactions that had not been authorized.

“The police were called and an investigation found that there was more than £ 16,000 missing from a NatWest account, more than £ 26,000 missing from a Santander account and a credit card bill of £ 7,000.

“The defendant was invited to a voluntary interview and admitted that he took the money when he said he had set up a PayPal account on his father’s behalf.

“He said he even used it to buy a hospitality suite at the Liverpool football club, checked into an Ibis hotel and paid for companions.

“He said he also bought an Audi A5.”

Miss Coleman said the defendant failed to appear in court following his indictment and disappeared until the second series of offenses in late 2019.

She said his father received a phone call from his bank stating that £ 600 had been withdrawn and was later linked to his son.

Miss Coleman said an additional pounds 9,500 were ingested between August and December 2019.

She said: “On January 16, 2021, the defendant’s sister called the police and said her brother lived in a trailer at the end of his parents’ garden and that he was arrested.”

Hadfield of West Lea, Clowns, pleaded guilty to two cases of theft and two cases of fraud.

William Bennett said mitigatingly, “It’s a brief mitigation, he admitted everything at the police station and pleaded guilty at the earliest possible time.

“He nailed his colors to the mast early on.”

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