An Eastbourne man who systematically stole from a pensioner he was supposed to be caring for has now been ordered to pay back his ill-gotten gains.
Terrence Green of Green Street, Eastbourne, worked as a carer for a vulnerable 94-year-old local man. Green’s employment involved domiciliary care, including entering peoples’ homes to tend to their personal needs and domestic cleaning.
The 56-year-old had been working for the victim since December 2011 and had previously worked in the care services for five years. He had recently had a day’s safeguarding training.
However in December 2012, Social Services reported their suspicions that Green had stolen funds from the victim. Police discovered that £64,204.00 had been stolen over a period of 11 months.
Green had used most of the cash to pay for expensive foreign holidays, flashy cars, including a Porsche, as well as other household items and bills.
On May 14 this year, Green was found guilty at Hove Crown Court and was sentenced to five years imprisonment. However, the police interest in him did not stop there.
A financial investigation followed and revealed that Green had remaining assets of £10,582.05, comprising one remaining vehicle, cash and various household items.
At a hearing at Lewes Crown Court on October 6, he was ordered under the Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) to pay £5,000 within 28 days and the remainder within five months. All of the funds recovered will go to the victim as compensation.
Detective Inspector Gill Sole of the Sussex Police Economic Crime Unit said, “We will pursue criminals to recover the proceeds of their crime and take away their criminal assets in addition to their sentence, and wherever we can, achieve justice for victims by restoring their property to them.”