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Con man stole £173,000 from care home

A fraudster has been jailed for six years for swindling his relative’s care home where he was employed as the finance manager.  

Bradley Young, 24, stole more than £173,000 of company cash from Platinum Care Home in Hampshire between February 2018 and June 2020.

He used the money to buy an expensive Audi R8, ‘flashed the cash’ by renting Lamborghinis on the weekend and paid his friends’ bar bills of up to £400.

The selfish crook ‘plundered’ his family member’s firm to fund a ‘lavish’ lifestyle for himself, Portsmouth Crown Court heard.

Judge William Ashworth said: ‘You are somebody who wishes that they were a success, but you’re not, so you ripped the heart out of a company just so you could live good.

‘The impact on them of what seems to be a relentless, utterly remorseless, cold and cruel campaign is that they are devastated.’

Young carried out his fraudulent campaign while serving a 12-month suspended prison sentence for defrauding his previous employer out of £43,000.

Bradley Young, 24, stole more than £173,000 of company cash from Platinum Care at Home in Hampshire between February 2018 and June 2020.
(Picture: PA)

He was caught for the second time after Platinum Care’s owner discovered the accounts were not adding up and hired an accountant, Portsmouth News reports.

They found that Young, from Waterlooville, had transferred £173,183 to his own personal bank account over the course of his employment and reported him to Hampshire Police.

He was charged in February and smirked for the camera when his custody photo was taken. Young was given six years in prison for the fraud yesterday.

Detective constable Jenny Gibson said: ‘Young abused the trust of his employer, who is also a family member, to steal almost £200,000 for his own selfish gain.

‘This has understandably resulted in a period of great distress for the company’s owner and indeed the company itself.

‘I hope that this result sends a clear message to those who commit fraud that their actions won’t go unnoticed and that this type of behaviour will be investigated fully.’

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