A woman who stole almost £1,500 from a vulnerable resident of the care home that she managed has pleaded guilty to theft.
Julie Brown, 46, of Slade Road, Ryde, pleaded guilty to 1 count of theft when she appeared in front of the Isle of Wight Magistrates Court this morning (Friday).
Liz Miller, prosecuting, told the court that between 12th-22nd May 2022, Brown – who was the acting manager of Stoneleigh Care Home at the time and had only been at the home for 3 weeks – stole the bank card and pin number of 1 of the residents in her care and took nearly £1,500 in cash withdrawals.
Having access to the resident’s bank cards and pin numbers that were in a locked safe in the office, Brown stole the cards and then withdrew amounts of £250 from cash points on the Island on no fewer than 6 occasions.
The court heard that on 9th June the missing funds were noticed by the resident – who has severe mental health issues – when they saw their bank statement.
Using CCTV footage from cash points locally, Police were able to confirm it was Brown with the 46-year-old arrested at her home the next day. She admitted that she had been expecting the Police to come to her address.
Defending herself, Brown admitted that she gave into temptation. She said:
“There was no justification for what I did and the situation I put that lady in”.
The 46-year-old told the court she is currently receiving treatment from the mental health team regarding signs of bipolar disorder.
Magistrates heard that £1,425 of the £1,500 has been recovered.
The case has been adjourned to allow a pre-sentencing report to be compiled. Brown will appear back in court for sentencing on 26th August.
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