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Selby Woman Admits Conning Elderly Mum Out of £63,000

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4:31pm 18th November 2013

A fraud investigation which originally was launched in 2009 has come to fruition after late mother is defrauded by daughter.

Whilst an 81-year-old lady suffering from Alzheimer’s and dementia was being cared for in a nursing home, her daughter used the money saved to pay for her care on spending sprees and holidays instead.

59-year-old Jennifer Bailey, from Selby has pleaded guilty of spending £63,000 of her mothers money by Theft and Fraud by abuse of position.

Mrs Mable Shaw had two children, a son and a daughter. Both children had joint power of attorney after their mother was placed in a nursing home. Jennifer took responsibility for paying the home, whilst Nigel dealt with other matters.

In 2009 the Beverley nursing home Mrs Shaw was residing at, contacted her son Nigel Shaw saying they were having trouble getting hold of Jennifer and that their mums money had ‘ran out’.

Nigel made enquiries and was dismayed to find out that his mother's money had indeed run out, although there should have been ample amounts left over from the sale of his mothers house a couple of years earlier to keep her cared for, for the rest of her days. 

Nigel had no choice but to report this to the police.

Mrs Shaw died in January 2010 but the enquiry continued.

Detective Constable Krista Wood, from Beverley CID, said: ”Production orders for several of Mrs Shaw's bank accounts and conveyencing files from the sale of her house took months to come through, eventually when all the files were ready I went through all of the accounts with a fine toothed comb and followed the money through various accounts in bits and bobs to see where it had gone. 

“It transpired that the money had been spent over a period of several years by Jennifer who was using it to fund her own lifestyle, shopping, days out, spending money for foreign holidays and so on. This continued until the money was gone. 

“The amounts added up to a total of £63,000 which was missing from Mrs Shaw's accounts, having been spent by her daughter Jennifer.

“Jennifer Bailey was interviewed originally in 2010 and refused to cooperate with the investigation. After all the evidence had been gathered, I re-interviewed Mrs Bailey and the fresh evidence of the bank accounts and spending sprees put to her.  She again did not cooperate during the interview. 

“Mrs Bailey was reported for summons and the Crown Prosecution Service made the decision to summon her for the offences of Theft and Fraud by abuse of position.

“Jennifer attended Hull Crown Court in October and at her first hearing pleaded guilty to all charges and the case has been deferred for pre-sentence reports.

“Nigel Shaw, the complainant, and brother of the defendant, is overjoyed at this outcome as all he ever wanted was to get to the truth.  Nigel is also out of pocket having been defrauded out of his potential inheritance from his mother's estate, but this was not the primary driver in him making this report to the police. 

“He had trusted Jennifer to take care of paying the nursing home for the care of their mother and she let his mother down. Jennifer’s last transaction was 11th January 2010, the day her mother passed away and she withdrew £22,000, leaving nothing in her mother’s bank account to even cover her funeral.”

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