Lavish lifestyle of nurse who stole £127,000 from mum

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A nurse lived the high life after plundering more than £120,000 from her dementia sufferer mother’s bank account, a court heard.

Helen Brook stole £127,878 from the account while her stricken mother Nancy Maeer was being treated in a care home.

Wakefield and Pontefract Magistrates’ Court heard Brook, 39, of Pollards Field, Knottingley, spent £20,000 of the cash on a Mercedes 4X4 and also splashed out £12,000 on a Rolex watch.

Brook spent £1,000 on furniture and also used some of the stolen cash to pay to stay in hotels.

The court heard Brook,
who worked as a nurse, had
received financial help from
her parents since she was a teenager.

After her father died and her mother was admitted to a care home, Brook was given the responsibility to look after for her mother’s finances.

Prosecutor Richard Ogden said police became involved after some fees for Mrs Maeer’s care at the home were not paid.

Mr Ogden added: “The defendant admits spending the money to provide a lifestyle beyond her means.”

Brook admitted stealing £127,878 from her mother, Nancy Maeer, between April 2010 and September 2013.

Mitigating, Rob Fones said his client, who has no previous convictions, suffers from depression.

Mr Fones added: “She knows there are two issues here. One is the amount of money and there is the issue of breach of trust.”

Bench chairman John Fisher told Brook: “We don’t feel our powers are sufficient to deal with this.

“This matter is so serious that you need a greater punishment than we can give.”

Brook was granted unconditional bail ahead of her sentencing hearing at Leeds Crown Court on January 20.

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