Carer handed jail sentence for stealing £11,500 from elderly woman

A six months’ prison sentence has been handed to a carer who stole around £11,500 from an elderly care home resident.

Mary Porter of West Bridgford, who appeared at Nottingham Crown Court this week, had previously pleaded guilty to theft over a six month period, NottinghamshireLive reported.

Police Investigative Officer Kieran Ward said: “We’re really pleased to see this case result in a substantial jail term for Porter, following six months of gathering evidence and bringing it to court.

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“People should never abuse their position in this way or take advantage of the elderly and vulnerable.

“We hope it sends a strong message out that they will get found out and held to account for their actions.”

A police investigation found Ms Porter had withdrawn money for herself after being given access to the account of the elderly woman who suffered from agrophobia and severe anxiety.

The offence was discovered after an employee at the home, which was unnamed, discovered that the resident’s bank card was missing.

CCTV footage later revealed Ms Porter making unauthorised withdrawals with the resident’s card.

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