A CALLOUS gambler who stole more than £100,000 from his parents to feed his online addiction is facing a jail sentence.
Jason Rogers emptied his parents bank account before going on to fraudulently obtain a further £90,000 in bank loans after he had been given power of attorney of the family finances after dad Richard fell ill.
Rogers cleaned out his parents’ joint account over a four-month period before spending the huge amount on gambling sites such as Paddy Power.
The 28-year-old crook’s scam was uncovered when the bank contacted his mother to enquire into several large transactions from the joint account.
It then became apparent Rogers, of Belhaven, Dunbar, East Lothian, had stolen ten of thousands of pounds from the account and he soon admitted his huge gambling addiction.
Edinburgh Sheriff Court heard Rogers admit two charges of dishonesty and a sheriff described his crimes as “a very grave matter”.
Rogers pleaded guilty to stealing £54,000 from the bank account and to obtaining a further £90,000 in loans taken out in the names of his parents between August 1 and November 25 last year when he appeared in the dock yesterday. (THURS)
Aidan Higgins, prosecutor, told the court Rogers father Richard had been diagnosed with Alzheimer’s in 2012 and all the family financial affairs were handed over to his wife and his son.
Rogers then helped his mother set up online banking to deal with matters and he was given a bank card and PIN number to the bank account.
Mr Higgins said: “The accused’s mother was then contacted by the bank in November 2016 and asked to attend the bank to discuss transactions into her and her husband’s account.
“She was informed effectively her account and the joint account had been cleaned out.”
Mrs Rogers confronted her son over the missing cash and he admitted “he had spent it on gambling”.
Mr Higgins added: “He went on to say his gambling had got out of control.”
Rogers then admitted in addition to the £54,000 he had stolen from from the joint account he had obtained loans of £90,000 in his parent’s name.
Rogers had then transferred the loan cash into his own personal bank account before blowing the lot on his addiction.
Mrs Rogers then decided to call in the police following her son’s emotional admission to getting his dad to sign the loan form by claiming the form was for a PPI claim.
Sheriff Robert Fife described the crime as “a grave offence” and told Rogers that ”all options remain open to the court”.
Defending solicitor Colm Dempsey said he was reserving his mitigation for the sentencing diet and sentence was deferred for reports to next month.