Woman pocketed money that should have gone to father’s care home

Bournemouth Echo: ADMISSION: Janice Knight arrives at court ADMISSION: Janice Knight arrives at court

A MOTHER-of two pocketed £95,000 which should have gone towards looking after her father in a care home.

Janice Knight, 65, spent the cash paying off a mortgage on a second home, servicing credit card debts and buying a second hand car.

Knight, of Ridgeway in West Parley, took her father William Harris into her home in 2009, when he was in his 80s and suffering from dementia.

She later agreed with her three sisters that he should move into the Engleburn Care Home in Barton-on-Sea.

Prosecutor Tim Moores said Mr Harris’s pension and other allowances were paid into Knight’s account.

She received more than £35,000, some of which was expected to go towards expenses at the home, but it was absorbed into her spending.

She also made regular withdrawals of his pension credits, obtaining more than £8,000.

In 2010 she was granted power of attorney and his home in Dunstable was sold for £79,000, of which £27,000 went to Dorset County Council to cover care fees.

Knight told one sister she had been paying the care home, but in reality, Mr Moores said, she had been transferring money for her own use.

Two cheques she wrote to the care home, totalling £83,000, bounced.

Mr Moores said the total involved in the offences was £94,323.

“It wasn’t fraudulent from the outset but it was carried out over a significant period of time,” he said.

Mr Harris died in 2012. Knight admitted abusing her position of trust and making a false representation to the care home.

She received a two-year suspended sentence and a 240-hour community work order.

In May, she will face a confiscation hearing. Mitigating, James Newton-Price said Knight visited her father regularly and cared about his welfare.

Her debts had grown after she left her job at a holiday park. She had credit card debts of £50,000 and her Weymouth flat was a financial drain. She started going into her accounts and the funds got mixed up.

“There is no indication the money went on high living or treats. It simply dissipated in a year,” he said.

Judge Peter Ralls QC – who read a letter from one sister imploring him not to jail her – told Knight she had committed “an unpleasant crime”.

“You have let yourself down and caused anxiety and hurt to other members of your family,” he added.

As she left the dock at Southampton Crown Court, Knight thanked the judge, adding: “I am really sorry.”

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6:56am Mon 24 Feb 14

retry69 says...

The crime and sentence BOTH disgraceful and sickening
The crime and sentence BOTH disgraceful and sickening retry69
  • Score: 16

7:51am Mon 24 Feb 14

Jetwasher says...

British justice at it best !
British justice at it best ! Jetwasher
  • Score: 11

8:01am Mon 24 Feb 14

joe0303 says...

Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!!
Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!! joe0303
  • Score: 36

8:22am Mon 24 Feb 14

High Treason says...

joe0303 wrote:
Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!!
If people can steal from there own families it is easy to see why care homes do it without any conscience whatsoever.
[quote][p][bold]joe0303[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]If people can steal from there own families it is easy to see why care homes do it without any conscience whatsoever. High Treason
  • Score: 20

8:32am Mon 24 Feb 14

BournemouthMum says...

joe0303 wrote:
Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!!
Exactly.
[quote][p][bold]joe0303[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Exactly. BournemouthMum
  • Score: 14

9:42am Mon 24 Feb 14

BarrHumbug says...

“There is no indication the money went on high living or treats"
Errr hello? she used some of the money to pay off the mortgage on her SECOND HOME!!!!
“There is no indication the money went on high living or treats" Errr hello? she used some of the money to pay off the mortgage on her SECOND HOME!!!! BarrHumbug
  • Score: 19

11:32am Mon 24 Feb 14

suzigirl says...

I blame the Government!
I blame the Government! suzigirl
  • Score: -5

1:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Sir Beachy Head says...

"and her Weymouth flat was a financial drain"

---------------

Most Weymouth flats are just drains.
"and her Weymouth flat was a financial drain" --------------- Most Weymouth flats are just drains. Sir Beachy Head
  • Score: 2

2:53pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

"“There is no indication the money went on high living or treats"

no

but on spending more than she was earning - so she nicked off her dying father

thankfully there is a confiscation order and she will have to suffer the consequences of that

in reality the community service order is the best thing and 240 hours is a long time - but not as long as having the rest of her familiy know that she is a despicable thief and not to be trusted ..... even with the duty of care a daughter has to a father in his condition
"“There is no indication the money went on high living or treats" no but on spending more than she was earning - so she nicked off her dying father thankfully there is a confiscation order and she will have to suffer the consequences of that in reality the community service order is the best thing and 240 hours is a long time - but not as long as having the rest of her familiy know that she is a despicable thief and not to be trusted ..... even with the duty of care a daughter has to a father in his condition Bob49
  • Score: 6

3:21pm Mon 24 Feb 14

smhinto says...

Hands to be chopped off in public of which is similar to the Arabic Countries.
Hands to be chopped off in public of which is similar to the Arabic Countries. smhinto
  • Score: -1

5:51pm Mon 24 Feb 14

60plus says...

Make her sell one of the properties and give the money to her family.
Make her sell one of the properties and give the money to her family. 60plus
  • Score: 4

6:43pm Mon 24 Feb 14

O'Reilly says...

Jetwasher wrote:
British justice at it best !
Injustice surely?
[quote][p][bold]Jetwasher[/bold] wrote: British justice at it best ![/p][/quote]Injustice surely? O'Reilly
  • Score: 1

7:29pm Mon 24 Feb 14

Bob49 says...

60plus wrote:
Make her sell one of the properties and give the money to her family.
nope, sell whatever it takes to repay the money

how does £95,000 simply dissipate in a year ?

how did she run up credit card debts of £50,000 - living way beyond her means ........ in the certain knowledge that there were funds elsewhere that she could nick to cover that spending

and why did she need a solicitor to spout his nonsense ... how much did he cost

she was guilty, she admitted it so what was his part beyond filling his boots for standing up in court and rattling out some old sh ite that nobody believes ... least of all him

perhaps this woman should have gone into law rather than her late father's accounts

easier pickings some might say
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Make her sell one of the properties and give the money to her family.[/p][/quote]nope, sell whatever it takes to repay the money how does £95,000 simply dissipate in a year ? how did she run up credit card debts of £50,000 - living way beyond her means ........ in the certain knowledge that there were funds elsewhere that she could nick to cover that spending and why did she need a solicitor to spout his nonsense ... how much did he cost she was guilty, she admitted it so what was his part beyond filling his boots for standing up in court and rattling out some old sh ite that nobody believes ... least of all him perhaps this woman should have gone into law rather than her late father's accounts easier pickings some might say Bob49
  • Score: 2

1:29pm Tue 25 Feb 14

soph1610 says...

joe0303 wrote:
Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!!
Joe0303

If you had known that the rest home kept this man with 24 hour care for a period of over 3 years, feeding, washing, heating, laundry, dressing and everything else that goes into caring for someone FOR FREE! when in reality they could have kicked him out in his hour of need this shows that they are more worried about his well fair than his lovely daughter was! maybe next time you comment on something you will stop to think before writing something so stupid! lets hope when you need looking after the owners of that home are an example to others! good on them!!
[quote][p][bold]joe0303[/bold] wrote: Whilst I agree she should not have stolen her fathers money, £95,000 for a care home place tells me who the real robbers are !!!!!!!!![/p][/quote]Joe0303 If you had known that the rest home kept this man with 24 hour care for a period of over 3 years, feeding, washing, heating, laundry, dressing and everything else that goes into caring for someone FOR FREE! when in reality they could have kicked him out in his hour of need this shows that they are more worried about his well fair than his lovely daughter was! maybe next time you comment on something you will stop to think before writing something so stupid! lets hope when you need looking after the owners of that home are an example to others! good on them!! soph1610
  • Score: -1

1:32pm Tue 25 Feb 14

soph1610 says...

At least there are some decent people left in this world! would you care for someone 24 hours a day for free! provide them with everything they could possibly need when they could have moved him to another home to die! In my opinion this care home should get what they deserve and that's payment! who would look after these poor people with disgusting families that STEAL their money! Shame on JANICE KNIGHT, shame on you!!!
At least there are some decent people left in this world! would you care for someone 24 hours a day for free! provide them with everything they could possibly need when they could have moved him to another home to die! In my opinion this care home should get what they deserve and that's payment! who would look after these poor people with disgusting families that STEAL their money! Shame on JANICE KNIGHT, shame on you!!! soph1610
  • Score: 2

1:33pm Tue 25 Feb 14

soph1610 says...

60plus wrote:
Make her sell one of the properties and give the money to her family.
why give it to his family! They didn't look after him in his last years! The care home did, what are u people on!
[quote][p][bold]60plus[/bold] wrote: Make her sell one of the properties and give the money to her family.[/p][/quote]why give it to his family! They didn't look after him in his last years! The care home did, what are u people on! soph1610
  • Score: 0

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