Carer Subhiraz Sohun steals from disabled man to send wife to Mauritius

Con-man carer steals from disabled man to send wife to Mauritius

Con-man carer steals from disabled man to send wife to Mauritius

First published in News Sutton Guardian: Photograph of the Author by , Chief Reporter

A supposed carer who stole more than £2,000 from a man with Down's Syndrome so his wife could go to Mauritius has been spared jail.

Subhiraz Sohun, known as Joe, used his own address in Clensham Lane, Sutton, to look after a Down's Syndrome man as part of Sutton Council's Shared Living scheme, which puts vulnerable adults in carers' homes.

Sohun's duties included looking after the 57-year-old man's finances and using his card and PIN to withdraw money from his account.

Over the space of a month earlier this year Sohun, 51, withdrew £2,460 from the vulnerable man's account and gave it to his wife so she could go to see her sister in Mauritius - despite the fact he and his wife had been paid around £2,500 per month to look after the man over the last year.

The police were alerted to the theft when the man's sister became concerned about unexplained withdrawals from her brother's account in March and April.

Sohun was sentenced to 12 months in prison suspended for two years ordered to do 200 hours of unpaid work and will pay £340 costs after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position at Croydon Crown Court on Thursday, December 20.

He paid the money back to the man in two installments in June and July. Detective Constable Dan Hobbs, who led the investigation, said: "Police will not tolerate abuse against elderly and vulnerable residents by people who are supposed to protect and look after them.

"Perpetrators can expect to be caught and put before the courts."

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10:15am Wed 2 Jan 13

Giles C says...

How did this man not go to prison. And how did sutton council ever put him in a position of responsibility for this man. It is yet again an example of the way that Sutton council is absolutely dreadful in the area of social services. I know for a fact of at least another two cases where carers have stolen money out of individuals accounts yet the person who is being cared for has died in the meantime and there is no one to actually give the money back to.
How did this man not go to prison. And how did sutton council ever put him in a position of responsibility for this man. It is yet again an example of the way that Sutton council is absolutely dreadful in the area of social services. I know for a fact of at least another two cases where carers have stolen money out of individuals accounts yet the person who is being cared for has died in the meantime and there is no one to actually give the money back to. Giles C
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2:36pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Surreydon says...

Another joke sentence, but no surprise really.
Scum like this know the courts will bend over backwards to make sure they receive a token sentence that in no way reflects the serious nature of their crimes.
I trust the person in Sutton council responsible for taking on this lowlife has been severely dealt with........
Another joke sentence, but no surprise really. Scum like this know the courts will bend over backwards to make sure they receive a token sentence that in no way reflects the serious nature of their crimes. I trust the person in Sutton council responsible for taking on this lowlife has been severely dealt with........ Surreydon
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9:26pm Wed 2 Jan 13

Wibbles says...

This man was meant to be looking after a vulnerable person. I'm not even sure how to say what I want to say, aside from, what a joke?!?! I pray that I'm not vulnerable at some point and left in the care of someone like this! How does the care system work? Can we not put more criteria in place? Surely there can be some way for us to look after our society, the elder generation, the vulnerable. We surely should have some policies/guidelines in place, to ensure we are looking after the more vulnerable people in our society?
This man was meant to be looking after a vulnerable person. I'm not even sure how to say what I want to say, aside from, what a joke?!?! I pray that I'm not vulnerable at some point and left in the care of someone like this! How does the care system work? Can we not put more criteria in place? Surely there can be some way for us to look after our society, the elder generation, the vulnerable. We surely should have some policies/guidelines in place, to ensure we are looking after the more vulnerable people in our society? Wibbles
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