Care home worker stole more than eleven-thousand pounds from hundred-year-old woman

Staff noticed her previous bill was unpaid, became suspicious of cash withdrawals using a bank card and called in the police.

Detectives discovered Isaacs had been systematically stealing cash between September 2009 and January 2012.

She used the card to withdraw £50 to £100 on dozens of occasions and stole £11,294 in total.

Prosecutor Richard Thompson said because of Mrs Parker’s declining health Isaacs was in charge of all her financial and bank affairs.

He said the pair had a close relationship and although Mrs Parker had made a statement to police, the full extent of her carer’s treachery was not explained to her for her own sake.

When interviewed by police Isaacs handed over the bank card from her handbag and admitted destroying some statements to cover her tracks, but she initially denied she was responsible for all the thefts.

Other staff were interviewed by police as a result of the false accusations.

Claire Holmes, defending, said Isaacs turned to crime because of debts from a shop business that failed eight years ago.

‘She has been repaying those debts for eight years. She has in the past been a genuine carer for others,’ she said.

Isaacs had been a carer for 35 years and has separated from her husband since the crime came to light, the court heard. ‘He says she is not the sort of person he thought she was,’ said Miss Holmes.

She faces a proceeds of crime investigation to recover the stolen funds.

Mrs Parker, a former piano teacher, has been married twice and celebrated her 100th birthday with relatives in February. Westbourne Lodge held a party in honour with musical entertainment.


Sourced from The Daily Mail, 17th July 2012.