Care home fraudsters struck off

A couple from Harrogate who were jailed last year for stealing £45,010 from vulnerable residents have been disqualified from being company directors.

Thomas Gerald Atcheson and his wife Linda Ann, who ran Granby Lodge care home in Harrogate were jailed for two years last August after admitting nine counts of fraud.

Following an Insolvency Service Investigation, the couple have been disqualified for 13 years from being directors of a limited company.

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Rob Clarke, senior investigator, said: “The Insolvency Service and The Department for Business will take firm action when we find that the behaviour of company directors falls short.

“In this instance Mr and Mrs Atcheson abused a position of trust that had been granted to them, to accommodate the needs of people with learning difficulties in a domestic care setting. They misappropriated funds from some of the most vulnerable members of society over a sustained period of two years. This disqualification should serve as a warning to other directors who choose not to act properly.”

The investigation found that, following a period of ill-health for Mr Atcheson, in 2010, the company began struggling financially.

Over a period of two years, Mr and Mrs Atcheson misappropriated funds held in trust on behalf of care home residents, for the benefit of the company.

 

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