Rushden son who stole from his own mum ordered to pay back £90,000

He was ordered to pay back the money or go to jail

Friday, 7th February 2020, 9:37 am
Updated Friday, 7th February 2020, 10:56 am
Northampton Crown Court. File picture.

A man was ordered to pay more than £90,000 at a Proceeds of Crime Act (POCA) confiscation hearing at Northampton Crown Court on Tuesday, February 4.

In October 2016, officers started an investigation into an allegation of theft. The incident concerned the theft by Christopher Bingham who had power of attorney for his elderly mother Mary Bingham.

He sold their jointly owned property in Stanion when she went into a care home, and took more than his share of the proceeds. Mary died on November 21, 2018.

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Bingham, 53, of Wymington Park, Rushden, pleaded guilty to theft and was sentenced on May 22, 2019 to 12 months in prison, suspended for 12 months and instructed to carry out 150 hours of unpaid work.

On Tuesday, February 4, at a POCA hearing, Her Honour Judge Rebecca Crane found Bingham to have benefited from crime to the value of £93,105.97. A Confiscation Order has been put in place for him to pay within three months or face 12 months in prison.