标记档案: 衣服

Love Actually Actress Had to Wear Dead People’s Clothes After Costume Designer Stole Her Money

NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: Meg Wynn Owen attends the premiere of "Gosford Park" 十二月 3, 2001 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (罗恩·加莱拉摄, Ltd./Ron Galella 通过 Getty Images 收藏)

NEW YORK CITY - DECEMBER 3: Meg Wynn Owen attends the premiere of "Gosford Park" 十二月 3, 2001 at the Ziegfeld Theater in New York City. (罗恩·加莱拉摄, Ltd./Ron Galella 通过 Getty Images 收藏)

照片: 罗恩·加莱拉, Ltd/Getty

A British actress was forced to wear deceased people’s clothing while living in a care facility after her friend and costume designer stole thousands of dollars from her, a judge determined.

Margaret Wright, also known as Meg Wynn Owen, appeared in 真爱, Doctor Who, 自豪 & Prejudice. 女演员, who died this past summer, suffered from dementia in her later years and moved into a care home in Cardiff, Wales, 在 2015. The move came months after Brian Malam, 60, was named her power of attorney due to her mental state, according to Wales Online.

During the sentence proceedings against Malam, who had already entered a guilty plea for fraud, prosecutor Abigail Jackson alleged he stopped visiting Wright and began stealing tens of thousands of pounds from her savings account. Jackson claimed Malam withdrew cash and moved money from Wright’s account to his own while acting as her power of attorney, Wales Online reported.

Brian Malam

Brian Malam

South Wales Police

In the role as power of attorney, he was allegedly supposed to transfer money from Wright’s bank accounts to the care center so employees could buy necessities for the actress. 反而, Malam allegedly only sent a couple of payments, leaving Wright without needs such as clothing and a hairdresser.

Because of a lack of funds, employees put Wright in clothes belonging to residents who had died, and cut her hair, the court was told, 每个出口.

在十月 2014, the staff knew something was off with Wright’s finances, so they took her to her bank to review her statements. 一旦到了, it was revealed that Malam had been stealing from her, 据检察官说.

According to Wales Online, the Office of the Public Guardian investigated the case before local police stepped in. Authorities determined Malam took £65,000 (多于 $78,000) from Wright over four years.

“太太. Wright became terribly upset about it. The matter was then reported to the police in September 2020,Jackson said during his sentencing, 根据 The Mirror. That’s how the investigation with the police started and the matter came to light.

Speaking with police after his arrest, Malam confessed that he took money from Wright to buy items for his work. 然而, he said healways intended to pay her back,” 每 The Mirror.

Despite his reason, Judge Paul Hobson told Malam he was inan important position of trust carrying with it a great deal of responsibility. … The position was that you were taking money from her bank account in significant funds and either transferring into your own account or spending it directly,” according to Leading Britain’s Conversation.

相关视频: Anne Heche 的房产被一名房屋在车祸中被毁的妇女起诉,索赔 200 万美元

As time went on you simply continued in what you were doing knowing full well the money would not be repaid realistically,” Judge Hobson continued, per LBC.

Hobson told Malam, 每个出口, “Your victim had to be dressed in clothes that belonged to deceased residents of her care home due to insufficient funds. She was reduced by your actions towards her.

He was sentenced to two years and eight months in prison, 每 The Mirror. He’s set to spend up to half of that time before finishing his sentence via community service.

不错过任何一个故事——注册 人们的免费每日通讯 及时了解人们所提供的最好的东西, 从多汁的名人新闻到引人入胜的人类兴趣故事.

Malam’s attorney Andrew Davies said in court proceedings that Malam and Wright had been friends for years and that Malam was the only one who took care of Wright. He pointed out that Malam didn’t spend her money onflash cars or luxury holidaysbut instead went to fund his costume designing business, Wales Online reported.

He said that Malam suffered from alcoholism andeverything disappeared into a miasma of drink.

Davies did not immediately respond to PEOPLE’s request for comment.