A care worker who was employed by Direct Health, one of the largest home care providers in the UK, has been jailed after admitting stealing £16,500 from a man with dementia, reports Warrington Worldwide.
Jemma Laney from Warrington pleaded guilty at Chester Crown Court to two counts of fraud by abuse of position and one of theft from a 78-year-old man. She has been sentenced to 12 months in prison.
The court was told Laney was employed by a care agency to help the man prepare his evening meals and take his medication.
However, in April 2017, she opened an online banking account for the victim and started to spend large sums his money.
As well as a large number of cash withdrawals, Laney went on online shopping sprees buying Michael Kors and Stella McCartney handbags and purses, Tag Heuer and Emporio Armani watches and a Louis Vuitton holdall and scarf.
Laney also spent money on trips to Alton Towers, Gulliver’s World, Haven Holiday Resorts and Chester Zoo.
A number of longstanding direct debits the victim made every month to charities were also cancelled by Laney.
The Warrington Worldwide reported that in her interview with police, Laney claimed that the victim had told her: “They are going to take everything, spend it all,” and proceeded to give her his bank card.
Laney was caught out after a social worker encouraged him to open some bank statements, which revealed a large number of dubious transactions.
After the hearing, Chester Police detective constable, Ian Morris, said: “Laney used the victim’s failing health as an opportunity to steal money and spend it on luxury items for herself.
“This is a shocking way to treat a vulnerable man and I hope this sentence brings some comfort to the victim.”