Son went penniless after spending £ 60,000 of his father’s money on escorts and tickets to Liverpool FC
Carl Hadfield, 49, went so far as to impersonate his father when the bank called for suspicious transactions including escorts and tickets to watch Liverpool football games.
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A son has been left penniless after cheating more than Â£ 60,000 from his ailing father to spend him on escorts and tickets to Liverpool FC.
Carl Hadfield, 49, started stealing his father’s bank account when the retiree was in hospital.
Hadfield, who lived deep in his parents’ backyard in a trailer, went so far as to impersonate his father when NatWest bank called to question suspicious transactions.
He spent his father’s money on escorts, on trips to watch Liverpool FC from a hospitality suite and an Audi A5, Derby Crown Court has learned.
Hadfield was ordered to pay back just Â£ 1 after a proceeds of crime hearing learned he was broke, the Derby Telegraph reported.
Recorder Adrian Reynolds said: “I find the benefit amount to be Â£ 61,804.26 and as there are no assets available I order a nominal amount of Â£ 1 to be paid.
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“He has 28 days to pay it off and otherwise the penalty is one day (in prison) by default.”
The Proceeds of Crime Act gives police the ability to demand money to be seized from criminals who have earned their money from ill-gotten gains.
The money seized is shared between the police and the government and is often used to fund community projects.
In the same court’s conviction in February, prosecution Rebecca Coleman said the offense began in 2017 when Hadfield’s father was hospitalized.
She said that during this time the accused’s sister had access to her father’s bank accounts and helped with finances.
In November 2017, the girl realized that there was money missing in a Santander bank account, and she and her father went to one of the branches.
Miss Coleman told the court: âThey were told there had been payments to Now TV, Amazon and a large number of PayPal transactions that had not been authorized.
Police were called and an investigation found over Â£ 16,000 was missing from a NatWest account, over Â£ 26,000 from a Santander account and there was a Â£ 7,000 credit card bill overdue .
âThe accused was invited for a voluntary interview and admitted to taking the money saying he opened a PayPal account in his father’s name.
âHe said he even used it to buy a hospitality suite at Liverpool Football Club, checked into an Ibis hotel and paid for escorts. He said he also bought an Audi A5 car.
Miss Coleman said Hadfield did not show up to court after being indicted and disappeared until the second round of offenses in late 2019.
She said her father received a phone call from the bank telling her Â£ 600 had been withdrawn which was later linked to her son.
Miss Coleman said between August and December 2019 an additional Â£ 9,500 was taken.
She said: “On January 16, 2021, the accused’s sister telephoned the police to say that her brother lived in a trailer deep in his parents’ garden and that he was arrested.”
Hadfield, of Clowne, pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and two counts of fraud.
In a victim impact statement, Hadfield’s father asked that his son not be sent to jail – but he did.
Sentencing him to 20 months in prison, Judge Jonathan Bennett said: âYou have wasted money in many inappropriate ways.