Gran, 74, stole £25,000 from her dying father and squandered cash on Bars & ANN SUMMERS

A granny stole £25,000 from her dying father before splashing the cash into bars and Ann Summers.

Jeanette Lee, 74, stole thousands of pounds from her own father, who has dementia, before going on a spending spree.

Jeanette Lee pictured leaving Derby Crown Court


Jeanette Lee pictured leaving Derby Crown CourtCredit: BPM
The hearing was told that Jeanette funneled the money into bars and Ann Summers


The hearing was told that Jeanette funneled the money into bars and Ann SummersCredit: Alamy

Derby Crown Court heard Jeanette skimming the money from her father’s accounts while he was unaware and living in a care home.

Prosecutors told the hearing how it was found that a total of £63,430 was missing.

However, they were only able to pin £25,000 on the accused.

Prosecutor Hal Ewing said Lee was put in charge of her father’s affairs in 2015 and began taking money from him over the next two years.

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Jeanette pleaded guilty to one count of fraud by abuse of office.

And the grandma was sentenced to 18 months in prison, suspended for 18 months.

Ewing said the Office of Public Guardian (OPG), a government department that helps people stay in control of decisions about their health and finances, absolved her of responsibility and investigated the missing money.

Judge Shaun Smith QC said: “It’s always sad to see a person in the dock charged with a criminal offense but you’re there after you’ve reached the age of 74 and you’ve never been in trouble before, and that’s even sadder.

“Between 2015 and 2017 you accept that you helped yourself to money that you would have gotten anyway after your father died.

“He fell ill with dementia in 2009 and (2015) you were put in charge of his affairs.

“What you have done has not affected his quality of life or made things difficult for him as his income has allowed him to be comfortable in the nursing home.

“It didn’t do him any harm, but the fact that you were entitled to the money when the time came is no reason to use his money.”

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As part of the suspended sentence, Jeanette was placed under a four-month curfew, monitored by an electronic tag placed on her wrist.

This will restrict them to their home address between 7pm and 7am every day. Gran, 74, stole £25,000 from her dying father and squandered cash on Bars & ANN SUMMERS

Bobby Allyn

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