Fraudster jailed after pilfering almost £200k from Waterlooville care firm

A FRAUDSTER has been sentenced to six years in prison for defrauding a care company out of almost £200,000.

Friday, 16th July 2021, 6:15 pm
Smirking, Bradley David Young, 24, of Forest End is pictured in custody for stealing almost £200,000 from a care firm. Today he has been jailed for six years.Photo: Hampshire police

Heartless Bradley David Young of Forest End appeared at Portsmouth Crown Court today having previously pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

The court heard how Young, pictured smirking in his custody photo, was employed as finance manager at Waterlooville-based Platinum Care at Home between February 2018 and June 2020.

While there he ‘plundered’ cash from the care home’s finances, pushing it to breaking point.

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But far from caring, the court heard how the drug addict was spending his stolen money on a ‘lavish’ lifestyle, buying an expensive Audi R8, while also ‘flashing the cash’ to rent Lamborghinis at the weekend and fork out £300 to £400 to pay for pals’ bar bills.

Sentencing today, Judge William Ashworth said: ‘You are somebody who wishes that they were a success but you’re not so you rip the heart out of a company just so that you could live good.

‘The impact on them of what seems to be a relentless, utterly remorseless and cold and cruel campaign is that they are devastated.’

Young’s trial of lies and deceit came crumbling down on him after Platinum Care at Home’s owner became suspicious of him and launched her own investigation, hiring an accountant to delve into the firm’s finances.

The probe discovered that Young had transferred £173,183 of company cash to his own personal bank account during his time with the company.

Young was reported to police in July last year and was arrested on July 19 on suspicion of fraud by abuse of position and he was released on conditional police bail while an investigation was carried out.

He was charged in February this year and admitted the offence.

Officer in charge of the case DC Jenny Gibson said: ‘Today’s sentence comes after a thorough investigation by Hampshire Constabulary’s Criminal Investigation Department.

‘Young abused the trust of his employer, who is also a family member, to steal almost £200,000 for his own selfish gain. This has understandably resulted in a period of great distress for the company’s owner and indeed the company itself.

‘I hope that this result sends a clear message to those who commit fraud that their actions won’t go unnoticed and that this type of behaviour will be investigated fully.’

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