Hampshire police investigate financial fraud in Mencap-run care home
Care home residents have been inappropriately charged by staff at one of Britain’s leading charities for products ranging from DVDs to Chinese takeaways.
The Royal Mencap Society has already repaid over £60,000 to five residents at one of its homes.
Residents of Dolphin Court in Havant in Hampshire and owned by Mencap, paid tens of thousands of pounds for items they should not have been sold, The Times reports.
One disabled Dolphin Court resident, who couldn’t speak, was charged £126 for a karaoke machine, while another paid for five DVDs but was unable to understand television.
Benefits amounting to thousands of pounds were not paid to one resident of Dolphin Court and money went missing from the home’s safe, the newspaper says.
Hampshire police have been passed a huge batch of complaints relating to Dolphin Court and are looking at the evidence.
Some 20,00 cases of financial abuse are reported every year, according to NHS figures, with a third of these taking place in care homes. Mencap runs 128 registered care home in England and Wales.
Mencap said the Dophin case was an isolated incident and that 12 staff had been sacked over alleged “financial impropriety” since 2010.
One man at Dolphin court was charged over £200 for alcohol and bingo while on a holiday cruise with carers, despite his sister saying he would have been unable to play bingo.
His sister has since jointly set up a company called Finacare, which offers financial record keeping services for vulnerable people. It has so far clawed back over £60,000 for five people at Dolphin Court.
Weather bomb in pictures: Storms cuts power for tens of thousands – and snow is on the way
Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
Russell Brand was rendered speechless on Question Time by this man
Fury at Airbus after it hints the super-jumbo may be mothballed
Disgruntled RBS worker writes hilarious open letter to Russell Brand after anti-capitalist publicity stunt leaves him hungry
Nigel Farage defends Kerry Smith 'ch***y' comment: 'If you are going for a Chinese, what do you say you’re going for?'
Nigel Farage's approval rating hits 'record low' as popularity suffers in wake of Ukip sex scandal
Pakistan school attack live: Taliban kill at least 132 children in 'horrifying' massacre
Sony hack: Angelina Jolie branded 'seriously out of her mind' in further embarrassing leaked email saga
Panic Saturday: 13 million Britons spend £1.2bn – while 13 million others across the country live in poverty unable to afford food
- 2 Harry Potter fans can apply to the Hogwarts-inspired College of Wizardry
- 3 Jessica Chambers: 19-year-old woman 'doused with lighter fluid and burned alive' in the US
- 4 Russell Brand calls Nigel Farage 'poundshop Enoch Powell' in BBC Question Time debate
- 5 Orange Wednesdays are no more