A callous carer who fleeced a dying man of more than £26,000 has been sent to jail for 21 months.
A court heard Benjamin Beever raided the bank account of the elderly victim he was contracted to care for in the months leading up to his death.
Beever, 25, carried out the offences over a four-month period last year up until the day of Arthur Ward’s death on November 2 last year.
David Lampit, prosecuting, said Beever was responsible for the care of Mr Ward at the time while working for a company called Mid Yorkshire Care.
The deception came to light shortly after Mr Ward’s death when the executor of his will became suspicious over after looking into his finances.
The sum of £750 had been paid into the bank account in the name of Graham Ward on 21 separate occasions. Shortly before Mr Ward’s death a total of £10,000 was transferred into the account.
Investigations later revealed that the ‘Graham Ward’ account belonged to Beever.
After being arrested and released on bail, Beever carried out another deception after he took out a home insurance policy with the Royal Sun Alliance in his grandmother’s name.
He then made a false claim for a missing laptop and the company paid £1,319 into the account. Beever then transferred the amount into a bank account held in his own name.
The court heard Beever’s bank were aware he was under investigation for fraud and notified the insurance company. They launched their own investigation and Beever admitted the offence when staff visited his home to question him.
Beever, of Sandal Rise, Thorpe Audlin, Pontefract, was serving a suspended sentence for another dishonesty matter when he carried out the offence.
He pleaded guilty to two offences of fraud and breach of a suspended sentence order.
Adam Moran, mitigating, said his client was sorry for his actions and was suffering mental and physical problems at the time.
Mr Moran said Beever now had a job in a sweet factory and had offered to start repaying the stolen money at £150 per month.
Jailing Beever, judge Geoffrey Marson, QC, said: “You are, I am afraid, a thoroughly dishonest man.
“Inevitably there must be an immediate custodial sentence. Nothing else can be justified.”