Care home set to close after owner caught out in lottery scam

Care home set to close after owner caught out in lottery scamCare home set to close after owner caught out in lottery scam

GILLINGHAM, UK – The BBC reports that a private care home in Gillingham, Kent is to be shut down after the owner lost around £70,000 to a lottery scam.

Richard Raj paid£70,000 in bogus “taxes” after he was told he had won €3,000,000 in a foreign lottery. He was told he had to pay the £70,000 fee before the fake winnings would be released to him.

The care home has twelve residents, only two of which are self funded while the others are paid for by local and county councils.

Councillor David Brake told the BBC that the bank and the receiver had agreed that the care home was no longer a viable business and would have to be closed.

Brake added, “The receivers have been very good and understand the situation that we are dealing with real live people here.”

Medway council is in discussion with the residents and their families as regards steps to take once the home is closed for good.

It is unknown how many people will lose their jobs once the home closes.



Published: August 16, 2011

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