A caregiver spent money stolen from her vulnerable client on TV subscriptions and Amazon purchases, a court has heard.
Claire Walker stole more over £ 1,000 from his client while she was in charge of caring for her.
The 40-year-old was £ 40,000 in debt due to tuition, payday loans and other sources, North East Derbyshire and Dales Magistrates’ Court understood.
His victim suffers from schizophrenia and mild learning difficulties and was described by prosecutors as “a vulnerable person” who “would not be aware of the motives of others and therefore would not be able to tell if they were being manipulated”.
walker Bethany Close, Willington, cried on the quayside as she was spared jail time but was ordered to pay back the £ 1,168.62 she stole, perform 240 hours of unpaid work and serve a community ordinance 12 months.
Walker became the caregiver for the 60-year-old victim in 2019.
The victim first noticed the crime in May 2020 when a bank statement showed her that she only had £ 190 available out of a balance of over £ 1,000.
The statement showed that a Sky subscription had been purchased on her account, which the victim had never purchased and which later turned out to be in Walker’s husband’s name.
The bank immediately referred the matter to the police and reimbursed the victim.
After her arrest, Walker admitted that the transactions – which also included items from Amazon and mobile phone companies O2 and 3 – were done by her, but claimed they were done with knowledge and permission. of the victim because she had offered to help him with her. financial difficulties.
Walker, who had no previous convictions, then changed his story and pleaded guilty at the earliest opportunity.
She admitted fraud by abuse of position, reports DerbyshireLive.
Her defense said that “what undoubtedly led to her breach was the financial hardship she found herself in for several years” and that Walker had shown remorse for “a foolish act”, including paying off companies from whom she had purchased items. with his victim’s money.
Sentencing District Judge Andrew Davison said: “This offense can be rightly considered to be out of character.
“I accept that you have shown real remorse and that you have made real attempts to compensate the victims of the company.”