Care home manager jailed for using resident's £100,000 to fund gambling
A CARE home manager who frittered away up to £100,000 of an elderly resident's money due to a gambling addiction has been jailed.
Imran Ahmed stole cash belonging to Orchard Green, a resident at Lilac House care home in Beeston, to fund his gambling habit, Nottingham Crown Court heard today.
The court was told he withdrew £58,000 in cash and cashed £43,000 of cheques from her account.
Ms Green's bank card and PIN number had been kept in a safe at the care home, which was owned by Ahmed's family.
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The offence came to light when the care home closed in April 2011.
Friends Paul and Janet Boothroyd, who were later given power of attorney over her affairs, had been informed there were insufficient funds to pay for her care - and it was found £101,000 was missing.
The court was told in mitigation that Ahmed had a pathological addiction to gambling which he had hid from everyone.
Judge Michael Stokes QC sentenced him to three years in prison, of which he will serve half before being eligible for release.
He told Ahmed, 39: "This is as gross a breach of trust as it is possible to imagine."