Leeds woman’s £48k theft from mum to fund shopping


A depressed Leeds woman stole £48,000 from her elderly mother and spent much of it buying luxury items on the QVC shopping channel.

Jacqueline Hudson was given power of attorney over her mother’s finances, including the proceeds from the sale of her home, after Margaret Scott went into a nursing home in Pudsey in 2010. But questions were asked when her care home fees went into arrears in 2013. Inquiries by the police discovered Hudson had spent thousands on the shopping channel QVC, ordering from Next and on credit cards.

Martin Robertshaw prosecuting told Leeds Crown Court when Hudson’s home in Leeds was searched a large number of items bought from QVC were discovered including jewellery, handbags, electrical items and shoes.

Hudson, 67, wept in the dock as Andrew Walker representing her described how a combination of factors “basically led to her spending her life in some kind of daze in front of the television set. Stress was being piled on to stress and it seems her release was sitting in front of the TV buying things she was never going to use.” He said when police went to Hudson’s home they found shoes, boots and handbags “still packaged up in pristine condition”.

He said Hudson would buy items for relatively low amounts such as £20 and was shocked to discover the total amount she had spent. Hudson, of Lombard Street, Leeds admitted theft and was jailed for two and a half years.

Recorder Andrew Haslam told her the effect on her mother had been devastating to discover what her only daughter had done.

“The only saving grace is that the care home has written of the money allowed her to remain. She was 89 years of age and extremely vulnerable and this was a long course of offending.”