Actress Meg Wynn Owen, best known for her appearances in ‘Love Actually’ and ‘Pride & Prejudice’, was forced to wear clothes belonging to deceased residents of her nursing home after her carer stole some from her thousands.
Owen, real name Margaret Wright, suffered from dementia and appointed her friend, costume designer Brian Malam, as proxy before her death in July at the age of 82.
But instead of helping Owen with his finances, Malam spent all of his hard-earned cash on himself, amounting to just under $80,000, Wales Online reports.
Between 2015 and 2019, Malam used Owen’s money as his health deteriorated over the years.
Malam, 60, was sentenced to 32 months in prison.
The costume designer obtained power of attorney over Owen’s finances in 2014. The following year, she was transferred to a nursing home.
After being left penniless, Owen was dressed in the clothes of deceased residents. Staff quickly grew concerned about his finances – or lack thereof – and reported the incident to police in 2020.
Malam, from Wales, pleaded guilty to fraud while in a position of trust.
A proceeds of crime hearing will be held in March next year.
During her acting career, Owen appeared in films like ‘Love Actually’, ‘Pride & Prejudice’ and ‘A Woman of Substance’. She also appeared in “Doctor Who” and “Upstairs Downstairs”.
New York Post