A bank adviser has been jailed for five years after stealing over £450,000 from a 91-year-old dementia sufferer and her now late husband, the Herald reports.
Mark Townson, 52, of Bailleston Glasgow, took savings to pay off debts, but denied stealing money from the couple, and was found guilty in mid-March.
Townson was sentenced this weekend in Paisley, Herald Scotland reports.
The court heard he siphoned £465,090 off their £1.4m nest-egg between January 2011 and December 2012.
Working at L&G at the time of the thefts, Townson claimed the initial £385,090 he took was a gift, offered to help him after he had spent much of his mother’s estate before she died.
The next £80,000 was taken as an investment, Townson claimed, promising to make the couple 5 per cent profit, or £4,000.
He advised the clients initially at a Virgin Money branch in Glasgow. Legal & General has a bancassurance partnership with Virgin Money, and Townson worked for L&G for 18 years.
Sentencing, Sheriff Tom McCartney said: “The only appropriate way of dealing with this matter is a substantial prison sentence.”