A carer who stole tens of thousands of pounds from a 90-year-old woman she was employed to look after has been jailed for 18 months.
Linda Greenacre, 54, of Lady Jane Grey Road, North Lynn, pleaded guilty to two charges of theft and one of forging cheques in a hearing at Norwich Crown Court today, Friday, June 27.
The court heard that, over a 21 month period between March 2012 and January of this year, Greenacre stole more than £33,000 in cash and self-written cheques from the woman, whom she had been working for for more than six years.
She forged a total of 64 cheques for varying amounts, which were made out to herself, and totalled more than £26,000.
She also made more than 30 trip to cash machines, where she used the victim’s bank card to withdraw a total of £7,000 in cash.
The deceit was only uncovered when the victim, who is physically frail and relies on carers to assist her on daily basis, received a letter from her bank stating that her account was overdrawn.
Speaking after sentencing, Det Con Bridget Milne, of Norfolk Police’s Adult Abuse Investigation Unit, said: “This theft took place over a prolonged period and saw Linda Greenacre take advantage of an elderly lady whom she was trusted to care for.
“Her actions were calculated, deceitful and purely for her own personal gain. The majority of the money stolen was spent on jewellery.
“Over and above the financial impact of her crime is the emotional distress caused to this vulnerable and trusting elderly lady who had known Greenacre for over six years.
“The Adult Abuse Investigation Unit unfortunately does see abuse of trust incidents such as this on a regular basis. We will stand up for those vulnerable people who suffer abuse whether it is financial, physical, or even psychological. Norfolk Constabulary is dedicated to protecting victims and prosecuting offenders such as Greenacre.”