Scarrington man who spent millionaire mom’s cash on escorts and playing spared jailed at Winchester Crown Court docket.
A man who spent £ 70,000 of his 92-year-old millionaire mother’s money on escorts and gambling after obtaining power of attorney over them was spared jail.
Rupert Clarke’s widowed mother had dementia, impaired vision and “the infirmities of old age,” a court told a court.
Prosecutors related how the vulnerable woman sold her home for £ 430,000 and lived on her £ 1 million estate after the death of her husband, who was the director of AA Salvage Services.
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Clarke of Scarrington, who lived on benefits and loans, was given power of attorney on February 15, 2018 over Janet Clarke, who lives in Hampshire.
Prosecutor Edward Franklin said: “Between January 12, 2019 and May 30, 2019, there were 61 loans made either directly from his mother’s bank accounts or first from his mother’s bank to his and then to five people.”
The court heard that the people were five Romanian women. On one day February 4, 2019, Clarke had made 28 separate payments totaling £ 14,800.
Lloyds Bank put Ms. Clarke on hold and opened an investigation into the payments they had spoken to her son about.
“He was asked about the transfers and informed [Lloyds] that his mother supported him financially. He couldn’t explain the transfers or withdrawals of large amounts of money, ”Franklin said.
Clarke had claimed he was giving money to rent and shop the five women he said were friends of the family, but later admitted they were escorts, the court was told.
Mr. Franklin said, “You would come to his house unannounced. They would show him pictures of their young children and offer him physical affection, after which they would ask for cash transfers. “
Clarke claimed he allowed the escorts to come into his house and they then used his laptop to access his bank accounts.
Prosecutors alleged that Clarke attempted “to establish a defense of blackmail” by notifying police when he had one of the escorts nearby, but the woman informed officers that the defendant had frequently contacted her on his own initiative .
Mr Franklin said her son spent an additional £ 18,200 from Ms. Clarke’s money on gambling websites in June 2019.
“The victim was undoubtedly particularly at risk because of her age and mental capacity,” said Franklin. “If nothing else, he accepts that he ruthlessly protected his mother’s finances.”
In a letter to the Winchester Crown Court judge, Clarke shared how not a day goes by without regrets.
“I love my mother so much and have taken care of her for the past few years after my father died 12 years ago. Everything went wrong after his death. “
Clarke said he worked on golf courses and on canal boats while his father was alive, but had depression and alcoholism after his death.
Hannah Hurley, who defended himself, described Clarke as a rather hopeless and sad man who had to rely on emergency services after his suicide.
The attorney said, “I don’t think he should have been appointed to the power of attorney given his limitations, and I don’t think he wanted that responsibility.
“They [Mrs Clarke] don’t know why she hasn’t seen her son all this time. That he is in custody for the last few years or months of their lives will not help anyone. “
Hannah Hurley added that Clarke had tried to make amends when he could and that his mother’s living conditions were not affected at all by his betrayal, given that she had withdrawn a sizable pension and her estate was worth over $ 1 million. GBP got.
Clarke of Hawksworth Road initially denied the fraud but later admitted the offense after a psychological report was made.
Convicting recorder James Watson told Clarke, “It is a high category scam in common language as it involves the abuse of the authority you had over your mother, bank accounts and money, gross abuse of trust, that was put in you.
“There have been a number of occasions on which you have eluded yourself and lied in response to questions. These could well be lies that, due to a lack of repentance, would lead to a significant increase in the relevant rate.
The judge said the case was close to custody but decided to suspend it after determining that Clarke was not at risk and had no previous convictions.
Clarke was sentenced to 22 months in prison, which was suspended for 18 months. He had 25 days of rehabilitation and 150 hours of unpaid work.
Recorder Watson said Clarke could not afford to repay the £ 70,000 to his mother but told the court, “If he is able to honor his repayment intent, it can be a determining factor in his favor if he tries, try to build bridges that can be built after this gross breach of trust and significant dishonesty. “