"he betrayed their trust in the most heinous way."
Carer Adam Ahmad, aged 28, of Ashton-under-Lyne, Greater Manchester, was jailed for three years on June 20, 2019, for stealing tens of thousands of pounds from elderly people in his care.
Ahmad, who was formerly known as Aftab Usman, stole the bank cards of his victims, several of whom had dementia, and spent a total of £25,000 on household bills and a gym membership.
He worked as a carer, providing support to people in their homes.
Manchester Minshull Street Crown Court heard in one case, Ahmad barricaded an 85-year-old man into his bedroom using his walking sticks while he was withdrawing and spending the man’s cash.
The man, who was suffering from Alzheimer’s, had no access to water or the toilet during the incident in May 2018. He was only rescued when he managed to press a panic alarm.
Four of the people Ahmad targeted were suffering from Alzheimer’s or dementia, another had a brain injury. The sixth person had poor memory and physical injuries.
Police said that with each person, Ahmad befriended them before stealing their bank cards from their homes and withdrawing thousands of pounds.
Ahmad used the cards to pay his mortgage and to pay his council tax, gym membership and credit cards bills, totalling £25,000.
When he was arrested, Ahmad denied all knowledge of the thefts.
In his police interview, he declined to answer how his council tax and other bills had been paid for.
However, Ahmad later pleaded guilty to nine counts of fraud by false representation, seven counts of fraud by abuse of position and one count of false imprisonment.
Adam Ahmad was sentenced to three years in prison. His assets were also frozen and a proceeds of crime hearing (POCA) will take place in November 2019 in order to recoup the stolen money.
After the sentencing, Detective Constable Andrew Burnett from Greater Manchester Police’s Stockport division said:
“Ahmad thought nothing of using funds stolen from some of the most vulnerable in society to support his lifestyle.
“Ahmad was paid to care for these people; instead he betrayed their trust in the most heinous way.
“He is a greedy, manipulative individual whose despicable behaviour has left a trail of misery.”
“We’re pleased that thanks to the investigative efforts of our officers, this cowardly thief is now behind bars.”
The police have frozen assets belonging to Ahmad.
Manchester Evening News reported that a Proceeds of Crime hearing has been set for November 22, 2019. It is intended that the recovered money is to be used to compensate Ahmad’s victims.