Former Bupa carer convicted of fraud

A woman has been given a community order for falsely claiming benefits while working at a Bupa care home.

Lisa Buckley claimed more than £4,000 in housing benefit and Employment and Support Allowance (ESA) on the basis she was not fit for work while employed as a full-time case assistant at Lindley Grange Nursing Home, The Huddersfield Daily Examiner reported.

The 48-year-old was given a nine-month community order with up to 15 days of rehabilitation activities and ordered to pay £100 towards prosecution costs and a £85 victim surcharge.

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Prosecutor Andy Wills told that the Court that Ms Buckley had applied for ESA on the basis she was unfit for work and had no other source of income.

The Court was told Ms Buckley began making the fraudulent claims in May 2016 and was paid housing benefit between May and November of the same year.

He added: “This money was paid directly into her bank account on the basis that she must tell the Department for Work and Pensions and Kirklees Council of any changes in her circumstances which may affect her entitlement.

“It then came to light that she was working for a company, the Bupa care service, as a care assistant at Lindley Grange Care Home.

“She was working full-time and started there on November 3, 2015.”

Alan Twigg, Bupa Care Services Regional Director, told CHP: “The wellbeing of our residents and colleagues is our top priority.  We suspended Ms Buckley while we investigated the allegations, and she was later dismissed.”

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