HEARTLESS Peter Havelock Orr won the friendship of a vulnerable pensioner before fleecing her out of £4,500.
The 52-year-old was trusted to look after the OAP’s money but instead pocketed thousands.
Now, Orr, of Lakeside Village, is beginning a 12-month jail sentence for his crimes.
Orr appeared before Newcastle Crown Court on June 5 charged with theft to the value of £4,500.
Sunderland City Council’s financial safeguarding team worked with Northumbria Police to bring the case to court.
The theft came to light after a local care provider, who works with the council, spotted a £6,000 shortfall in the pensioner’s payments for her care.
Inquiries were carried out into the woman’s financial affairs and financial anomalies were discovered. These concerns were reported to the police and led them to Orr who had responsibility for her money.
Councillor Graeme Miller, Portfolio Holder for Health, Housing and Adult Services, said: “This is an excellent result and shows that joint working with police and care providers really pays off.
“It also serves as a warning to anyone else who might consider financially abusing a vulnerable adult in Sunderland. We can and will take action.”
Detective Inspector Shelley Hudson, of Northumbria Police, said: “We work closely with our partners to deal with these types of crimes. This individual was in a position of trust to look after the finances of someone who was unable to do so for themselves.
“He abused this trust to steal money from this vulnerable person. I hope this jail sentence will send a clear message that such crimes will be not be tolerated and those who commit such offences face being sent to prison.”
Anyone who is concerned that someone they know may be being financially abused can contact www.sunderland.gov.uk/alertabuse or email@example.com.