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Worker took a client's cash.

A CHARITY worker used a vulnerable client's cash to cover the cost of his own holiday.

Mohammed Ariff Khan - a team manager with Mencap on South Tyneside - moved pounds 2,200 belonging to the woman into a dormant Santander account.

Khan intended to transfer the money into a new account so the client could withdraw it more easily, but the cost of his own vacation suddenly changed his plans, Newcastle Crown Court heard.

Robert Adams, defending, said: "Just before he went on holiday, he realised he had failed to make proper financial provision for that break.

"He transferred pounds 2,000 into his own Barclays current account which he could then use while on holiday."

Khan, 49, of Dilston Road, Newcastle, admitted theft between June and August 2010.

He only entered his plea on an agreed written basis as the trial before a jury was due to begin.

Mr Adams told the court: "He intended to repay the money with different funds and in fact he did replace it, but for that period it was an unauthorised loan. To that extent he accepts he was dishonest." Judge Roger Thorn adjourned sentence for a report to be prepared. He told him: "It is almost certainly going to stand you in good stead but it comes without any indication as to the sentence."
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Publication:Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)
Date:Feb 1, 2012
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