A care home boss has been jailed for 18 months after being convicted of stealing thousands of pounds from residents.
Christopher Engel, who ran the Hollands Nursing Home in Lancashire, pocketed £18,500, which he used to pay for a holiday and a car. He even used the money to fund his mother’s funeral expenses and give cash to his estranged family.
Bolton Crown Court heard how the 49-year-old was in charge of the home, which is operated by the Sage Care Home Group, when he stole £12,500 from a 61-year-old resident suffering with Parkinson’s Disease. He stole a further £6,000 from a fund set up to benefit all the residents.
According to the Bolton News, the court heard that Engel, who has no previous convictions, began taking money from the man’s bank account after being entrusted with his debit card by the resident and his family.
The thefts went on for two-and-a-half years until the victim noticed discrepancies in his account when he visited the bank. A cashier investigated and recognised Engel from CCTV footage.
Engel pleaded guilty to the theft from the resident and stealing £6,000 from the fund.
The paper reported that David Bruce, defending, said the offending began at around the time Engel’s mother, to whom he was extremely close, passed away.
In a statement following the sentencing Omar Ahmad, director of the Sage Care Home Group, which runs the nursing home, said: “We never would have suspected Chris to do such a thing. It was a horrible surprise for us. Obviously we do not condone any such activities. We hope this will warn and deter anyone out there from committing such an offence.”