A MUM of a six-year-old boy who died from cancer has admitted stealing £100,000 raised for his treatment to blow on a “gambling habit”.
Stacey Worsley, 32, defrauded the fund, which was set up to pay for stricken Toby Nye’s rare cancer treatment.
The youngster had been diagnosed with rare cancer neuroblastoma on his fourth birthday in January 2017.
An appeal was launched to raise £200,000 to pay for therapy which was not available on the NHS – with Leeds United and its fans donating a huge chunk of the cash.
Worsley pleaded guilty to fraud when she appeared at Leeds Crown Court yesterday – less than two months after the death of her son on January 12.
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The court was told Worsley, of Osmondthorpe, Leeds, abused her position as a trustee of the fund to spend the money on gambling, Yorkshire Post reports.
West Yorkshire Police confirmed all of the money has been recovered and that Worsley’s offending did not affect Toby’s treatment.
Prosecutor Phillip Adams said Worsley had pleaded guilty on the basis she had illegally obtained a lower figure of £100,000, which was accepted by the CPS.
There was also discussion in court about money being recovered from online gambling companies.
Little Toby’s bone marrow was cleared of cancer after the treatment but tragically he was diagnosed with a brain tumour and passed away earlier this year.
Worsley was bailed to be sentenced on March 29.
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A West Yorkshire Police spokesperson said: “As part of the investigation, police have secured the return of all of the money involved with a view to the majority being used to support an identical local good cause, which is yet to be decided on, and an amount being redistributed to identified key donors.
“At no point did the fraud affect the child’s medical treatment, which was funded separately.”
A spokesperson for Leeds United said: “We can confirm that all money raised by supporters, players and staff of Leeds Untied during our Toby Nye campaign was ring-fenced by the club and used to pay for Toby’s treatment.”