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Darlington woman fleeced care home residents
A CARE assistant has been given a suspended prison sentence for fleecing a vulnerable resident at a North-East residential home.
Janice Whitaker (correct), of Darlington, appeared before magistrates in the town on Tuesday (September 3).
The 57-year-old, of Coxwold House, Headlam Road, admitted fraud by false representation relating to her work at The Lawns care home, in Ridsdale Street.
The court was told how she used a bank card and PIN number without permission of the account holder, with the intention of making a gain for herself.
She was given a 12-week suspended sentence order and fined a total of £1,000.
Whitaker, who no longer works at the care home, declined to comment when approached at her home by The Northern Echo.
A spokesperson for Four Seasons Health Care, which runs the home, said: “The company notified the police about suspected financial irregularities at The Lawns Care Home and the management team at the home and in our wider organisation have actively co-operated with the police investigation.
“Four Seasons Health Care will support residents and their families in claiming for any financial loss that may have been incurred, so as to ensure that they are not disadvantaged.”