A “callous and calculating” charity worker has been jailed after stealing more than £50,000 from severely disabled residents, it has been reported.
Faraz Ahmed, 22, stole £51,750 from disabled residents while working as a Finance Assistant for the Rossendale Trust in Macclesfield, England.
Over a period of more than three years, Ahmed targeted 51 severely disabled people. He had been employed by the Trust “in a position of considerable trust” to help the vulnerable adults.
Those affected by his callous theft lost anything between £10 and £3,074, Cheshire Live reports. However, the fraud also affected a further 19 people including Trust and family members.
Prosecutor Brian Treadwell told Chester Crown Court: “Residents’ money was held in a central charity bank account after being transferred from their family members.
“Each week residents would request funds, typically £50 per week for housekeeping costs and £50 spending money.
“The defendant would photocopy the request forms after forging entries for an increased amount and would pocket the difference.”
A member of the charitable Trust told the court that Ahmed’s actions had “undermined the very ethos of our organisation and everything we strive for”.
The Trust itself added: “He knew how little these people had but he still stole from them.”
Ahmed was jailed for 15 months.
Commenting on the judgment, Steve Nichols, Chief Executive of the Rossendale Trust, said: “We are glad that this matter has reached its conclusion and wish to thank the police for their excellent support and commitment.”