Daughter kept her mum’s care cash

Falkirk Sheriff Court.
Falkirk Sheriff Court.

A daughter withdrew £6000 from her mother’s account and kept it for herself instead of paying nursing home costs.

Margaret Kerr (47), 30 South Philpingstone Lane, Bo’ness, began taking money from her mother’s account after she was put in charge of the elderly woman’s finances.

Despite using some of the cash to cover some of her mother’s expenses, she admitted using the money for herself and her family and also failing to make any contribution to the costs when her mother was placed in a care home.

Kerr pled guilty at Falkirk Sheriff Court to stealing £6000 by making withdrawals from The Post Office, East Pier Street, Bo’ness, between June 2012 and May 2013.

Procurator fiscal depute Lorna Harris said: ‘‘A meeting was held between Falkirk Council social work, the accused and Mrs Kerr where it was stated she would require a substantial amount of care when she was discharged from hospital.

“The accused was to oversee Mrs Kerr’s finances and it was agreed the fees for the care home would come directly from Mrs Kerr’s account.

‘‘It was later discovered no fees had been paid and no personal allowance given to Mrs Kerr while she was within the care home.”

Police were contacted after it was noted Kerr had made withdrawals from her mother’s account.

Kerr said she had received no bills or demand for costs from the care home.

Murray Aitken, defence solicitor, said: “Clearly she benefited to some degree because not all the money was spent on her mother but on her and her family to no lavish extent. She is genuinely upset and remorseful.”

Kerr’s mother died in December last year.

Sheriff William Gallacher said: “This was a significant amount of money which should have been used for other things and instead you benefited from it.”

He adjourned the case until June 26 for reports.