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Ruddington: Man left his elderly parents penniless after stealing £114,000

The 58-year-old spent it on a variety of holidays, travel, eating out, shopping, insurance and paying his own rent. He'd also withdrawn nearly £18,000 from a cash machine.

A man stole money allocated for his elderly parent’s care home costs and left them in debt, a Nottinghamshire Police investigation has uncovered.

The couple in their 80s had gone into care in Ruddington in 2015. Three years later, the care home manager found a large balance was outstanding on their account and began to look into it further.

It was reported to the police and Financial Investigators found that Steven Buckley, of Kenilworth Drive in Ilkeston, had used around £114,000 of the couple’s funds for his own financial gain.

The 58-year-old spent it on holidays, travel, eating out, shopping, insurance and paying his own rent. He’d also withdrawn nearly £18,000 from a cash machine.

His parents had not heard from their son for more than a year and had no idea they had been left with no money and in debt to the care home.

Buckley was reported for summons for an offence of fraud by false representation, contrary to the Fraud Act 2006. He pleaded guilty on 6 May 2020 and was sentenced to 24 months in prison suspended for 12 months at Nottingham Crown Court on Wednesday (26 August 2020).

Police Constable Kelly Carlile who led the investigation said: “It’s really sad and harrowing that Buckley had the ability to con and fool his own parents. They had trusted him and he didn’t think twice before leaving them penniless.“The care home and Nottinghamshire County Council’s Social Services team acted responsibly, quickly recognising an issue, carrying out their own investigation and working with us on this case. If it wasn’t for their hard work and tenacity, Buckley could well have got away with it.

“Nottinghamshire Police takes fraud and financial abuse really seriously and we investigate all reports we receive thoroughly.

“We’re glad that we were able to bring Buckley before the courts and that he’s now been held to account for his crimes.”