A Worthing care home manager stole money from a vulnerable 69 year-old resident.
Sheelagh Macey, 59, of Mill Lane Rustington was found guilty of fraud after stealing over £5,000 from the resident who had been placed in the Victoria Parkview rest home by Social Services when her carer died in 2009.
Macey managed the home at that time and took the victim to her bank to withdraw some of the money. She had her savings account changed to a current account and then used a bank card to withdraw sums of cash at £200-300 a time.
She also wrote and signed three cheques that she paid into her own bank account, amounting to a total of £5,400.
The offence came to light when a new owner of the home became suspicious of withdrawals from the victim’s bank account as she knew that she was confined to the home.
In October 2011, Macey was arrested and in March 2012 she was charged.
Sentencing her at Chichester Crown Court, HHJ Wood said that guidelines stated that he should allow her time to repay what she stole and it was agreed that the total should be paid back by September 13th. If she fails to do this, then she faces imprisonment. She was also ordered to pay costs of £1,355.