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Conman carer ordered to repay almost £12,000 he stole from vulnerable victims

|News, Proceeds of crime

A former care home assistant who stole thousands from vulnerable victims to feed his gambling and drug habit, has been ordered to repay £11,873.

Working at Chataway Nursing Home in Manchester, where part of Anthony Cunningham’s role was to manage residents’ finances, the 29-year-old took advantage of this power.

In a bid to fund his prolific gambling and drug habit, Cunningham used the vulnerable victims’ bank cards to withdraw money to fuel his vices.

On 8 November 2019, Cunningham was sentenced to two years and four months in prison for the thefts worth almost £45,000 he carried out against three residents at the care home.

On Friday 19 June, Cunningham was ordered to pay £11,873 within three months or face an additional eight months on his sentence.

Adrian Phillips of the CPS said: “Cunningham was trusted to care for some very vulnerable people and he selfishly exploited that role to fuel his drug and gambling habit.

“In one case he took so much money that he drained one victim’s account, leaving them with just £6.

“Thanks to the work of our specialist team of prosecutors, he will now have to repay almost £12,000.”

Notes to editors

  • Adrian Phillips is a Unit Head in the Proceeds of Crime team at the CPS
  • The judge determined that the benefit from the offending was £44,970 and the available amount was £11,873.

The CPS and Proceeds of Crime

Over £100m in criminal assets was recovered in respect of CPS prosecutions for 2019/20, stopping hundreds of criminals benefiting from their ill-gotten gains.

After conviction the CPS can ask the court to make a Confiscation Order where the judge will consider two things:

  • The total financial ‘benefit’ that a defendant made from their criminal activity
  • The total value of the assets the defendant currently has to pay their order, known as the ‘available amount’

When the available amount is less than the benefit amount, the defendant is only ordered to pay the amount they have available.

This can mean that even if a criminal benefited significantly from the crime, they may not have access to any assets, so the judge would order a minimal repayment.

If the position changes later, and on reinvestigation the defendant is found to have new assets, the CPS can ask the court to reconsider these and issue an increased Confiscation Order.

In the last five years, over £20m has been reclaimed by the CPS asking for the reconsideration of Confiscation Orders.

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