Woman jailed for fleecing elderly relative in care

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A WOMAN from South Yorkshire has been jailed for two years after fleecing hundreds of thousands of pounds from an elderly relative.

Julia Patterson, 43, from Ranmoor, Sheffield, is thought to have spent most of the money on designer clothes and other shopping.

Police were called in following an investigation by social services into the female relative’s circumstances after Patterson gained power of attorney.

The relative lived in a Sheffield care home but was only given a small living allowance by Patterson.

It later also emerged that Patterson was in arrears with payments for the relative’s care.

South Yorkshire Police’s economic crime unit investigated the elderly woman’s financial affairs and discovered £251,331 of her money had been paid to Patterson’s accounts and credit cards.

A further £212,039 had gone in cheque payments to unknown payees.

Patterson was jailed after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position. Her victim died in January this year, aged 88.

Detective Constable Elizabeth Claridge said: “Julia Patterson has been compliant throughout the investigation and has shown some remorse, however she has nothing to show for the money that has been spent and the vast majority was for materialistic personal gain.”

She went on: “This investigation sends out a message to others who are in a position of trust and abuse that position, that the police will prosecute and protect the vulnerable members of our society.”