A nurse who lived a lavish lifestyle after stealing more than £127k from her dementia-suffering mum’s bank account has been jailed for 18 months.
Helen Brook stole £127,878 from the account of her mother Nancy Maeer while she was being treated in a care home.
Leeds Crown Court heard Brook, 39, of Pollard’s Fields, Ferrybridge, spent £20,000 on a Mercedes Benz car and also splashed out on a Rolex watch and holidays.
Prosecutor Duncan Ritchie said police became involved when some fees at Mrs Maeer’s home were not paid.
Mr Ritchie said: “After Brook’s father died her parents’ home was sold and Brook was given power of attorney over her mother’s finances.
“Brook then began to use the money as her own and to fund a lifestyle beyond her means.”
The court heard Brook had worked as a nurse for 21 years but had resigned because of the case.
Brook admitted stealing the money from her mother between April 2010 and September 2013 at a hearing at Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court last month.
Michael Devlin, mitigating, said his client, who suffered from depression, had no previous convictions.
Mr Devlin said: “Mrs Brook is the sole beneficiary of her parents’ money and ultimately that money would have been coming to her.
“She had always received assistance from her parents and was essentially continuing how things had been before but things were very different when the she was given power of attorney for her mother’s finances.”
Judge Geoffrey Marson QC, (pictured left) passing sentence, said: “This was a mean and gross breach of trust.
“You sought your inheritance early at the expense of others and clearly took the decision that you did not want the money to be spent on care home fees.”