Crooked carer became fish shop boss after stealing from Leeds woman

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A carer stole a bank card from a disabled 81-year-old client and took £2,400 from her account to use for herself.

A court heard Parveen Akhtar, 39, abused the trust placed in her and then tried to blame others when her offending came to light.

Leeds Crown Court heard Akhtar is now an award-winning fish shop owner after securing a business loan since committing the offence.

Richard Holland, prosecuting, said Akhtar was employed by a private organisation called Caring Partnership when she committed the offence over the course of seven days in June last year.

The victim, who lives in Otley, was vulnerable and suffered from mobility problems.

Akhtar, of Ferndale Grove, Bradford, took the woman’s bank card and used it to withdraw sums from a cash machine.

The offending came to light when the victim’s daughter saw her mother’s bank statement.

Akhtar was linked to the offence after she was seen on CCTV withdrawing cash.

She initially blamed the victim’s daughter and then tried to claim she had been withdrawing the money to pay for a holiday for the victim.

Akhtar pleaded guilty to theft.

Robert Stevenson, mitigating, said Akhtar had since managed to secure a £16,000 business loan to set up her own fish and chip shop business.

He said she had won an award for small start-up businesses and had two employees who would lose their jobs if she was sent to prison.

He added: “She is a low risk of re-offending and unlikely to ever repeat this behaviour.”

Akhtar was given a 12-month sentence, suspended for two years, and told to do 250 hours unpaid work,

She was also ordered to pay £2,400 in compensation to the victim.