Plundering care home finance boss Jenny Glanister jailed

Jenny Glanister stole the cash from Oakfield home for adults with learning difficulties in Easton Maudit while working as its finance manager.

Northampton Crown Court heard how Glanister, 51, of Northampton, spent the cash on clothing and jewellery.

Glanister was sentenced to two years and eight months imprisonment and told she had plundered the home's funds.

More than £233,000 was spent on items from a TV shopping channel Rocks & Co between 2004 and 2010.

Glanister's offending was first discovered after she left the company in November 2010, the court heard.

Tiffany jewellery

A new accountant found "serious and alarming anomalies", prosecutor Kathryn Howarth said.

It was found that £72,923 had been taken from the home's petty cash, £227,000 in cheques cashed from the home's accounts and £17,272 by claiming for additional hours that she had not worked.

More than £2,000 was charged to Oakfield for the cost of fuel to her home and £17,000 to the residents' personal accounts.

Items including tights and spray tan were charged to the residents' accounts, Miss Howarth said.

Families of some adults at the home reported difficulties in obtaining money from their relatives' accounts and complaints were made.

When police raided Glanister's home, in Penfold Drive, Northampton, they found 15 fur coats and the £233,000 of goods from Rocks and Co.

One order to the channel was for an £18,000 gold necklace.

Some of the packets of jewellery had been addressed to "Lady Glanister".

Police found that her garage contained racks of wine and her fridge contained champagne.

Glanister pleaded guilty to eight counts of fraud but Judge Michael Fowler said it was more serious than "a simple fraud case".

Judge Fowler said: "This is effectively theft and a breach of trust."

Sentencing her, Judge Fowler said: "You pleaded guilty to obtaining over a third of a million pounds from your employer.

"The victim of this is Oakfield home, a care home for adults with learning difficulties."

He described it as the "wholesale plundering of your employer's funds" and said it undermined trust in the charity.

He said: "You were aware of the precisely what you were doing and precisely what consequences there would be. "

The items will be sold at auction to raise money for the home.


Sourced from BBC News, 17th April 2012.