VULNERABLE CLIENT: Fraud exposed after failing to fund donor’s necessities

A man who used a power of attorney to steal GBP65,000 from an elderly friend in a care home has been jailed for 32 months. Brian Malam appropriated Margaret Wright’s money through a combination of bank transfers to his own account, direct spending and cash withdrawals, he was detected after he failed to put funds in a bank account used by care home staff to buy essentials such as clothes for her. Staff then accompanied Wright to her bank to examine her statements, after which the case was referred to the Office of the Public Guardian in England and Wales.