Suspended jail sentence for son who took over £50,000 from his elderly mother and left her with a £30,000 care home bill

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A son who illegally took over £50,000 of his elderly mother’s money was today (Monday) given a suspended jail sentence at Lincoln Crown Court.

62-year-old Michael Tozer looked after his widowed mother Eileen’s financial affairs but withdrew cash on over 250 occasions from her bank and Post Office accounts to pay his own bills.

Phil Howes, prosecuting, said Tozer eventually stopped paying the fees on the care home where his mother lived at Bucknall and she was left without enough money even to pay for toiletries.

Mr Howes said: “This was a prolonged fraud by a person in whom a high degree of trust had been placed.”

He told the court that Mrs Tozer, who was in her 90s, was a vulnerable person who suffered from dementia. She passed away late last year. The fraud came to light when the care home manager told other relatives that over £30,000 was owed in care home fees.

Michael Tozer, a self-employed plumber, of Tattershall Road, Kirkstead, near Woodhall Spa, admitted a charge of fraud by abuse of position between January 2008 and January 2012.

His barrister Michael Cranmer-Brown said that Tozer was suffering from a depressive illness at the time of the offences and his life had become chaotic.

He said Tozer’s own business had been affected by the amount of time he spent looking after his mother before she went into a care home and the money he took went on day to day bills and not high living.

Tozer, he said, was wracked with guilt for what he had done.

Judge John Pini QC gave Tozer a two year jail sentence suspended for two years with 12 months supervision and 250 hours of unpaid work.