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Care home administrator jailed for two years for stealing £130,000

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A Birmingham care home administrator has been jailed for two years for stealing £130,000 from a nursing home and elderly resident.

A trial at Birmingham Crown Court found Tammy Foster, 48, of Oldbury, had taken money from a vulnerable resident, exaggerated money owed to suppliers and paid herself additional wages over four years while employed at Oakview Care Home in Bartley Green, BirminghamLive reported.

The court head Ms Foster, who began working at the service in 2010, had taken £7,100 from an 81 year-old resident to pay fees which had already been accounted for by the council, transferred £116,000 she claimed was owed to suppliers to her account and paid herself £7,000 in additional wages.

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Sentencing Ms Foster, Recorder Edward Boydell, said: “There are significant parts of these offences which make them more serious. Your role at Oakview Care Home was a managerial role. You handled money and paid suppliers.

“You took yourself away at times when questions needed to be answered. These were significant amounts of money capable of bringing down a business and changing the life of a victim. The damage you might have done could have threatened the residents. I understand there were 72.

“You could have stopped your offending and told your employer at any time. You did not do so effectively until these offences were going to be uncovered by others.”

Ms Foster’s defence said she had fallen into financial difficulty as a single parent after her son had become ill, adding she had made a “terrible mistake” and had attempted to take her own life.

A spokesperson for the Oakview Care Home told CHP: “We welcome the sentence that was passed down in this case. The person involved, who was employed as a general administrator, used a position of trust to steal a significant sum from the business as well as to defraud one of our residents. We are a caring organisation and this severely affected everyone who works here, whose sole concern is the welfare the people we care for.

“We have reviewed all our processes and procedures in light of this case to ensure there could be no repeat.”

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