Carer STOLE thousands from disabled woman ‘and went on Christmas shopping spree’

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A carer stole thousands of pounds from a disabled pensioner before splashing the cash on ‘extravagant’ shopping sprees.

Sofia Smith, 33, targeted the 70-year-old woman and pinched more than £34,000 while working as a deputy manager for a social care company.

How carer stole thousands from a disabled man

Smith used the victim’s account to apply for three loans in her name at Lifeways supported accommodation in Birmingham in 2019.

She was rumbled after suspicions were aroused when she used the victim’s bank card to buy McDonald’s breakfasts for other members of staff.

A court heard Smith, of Streetly, West Midlands, ‘wastefully’ spent the money treating herself to holidays, Armani clothes, Uber Eats and fancy dress for a New Year’s Eve ball.

Smith admitted fraud by abuse of position and fraud by false representation at Birmingham crown court, and has been jailed for two years.

Court ruling

Judge Avik Mukherjee said ‘You worked for Lifeways as the deputy manager. You and others had control of her finances but you were the only one who used your position and role to steal from her.

‘You did so excessively and you did so using different methods.’

He said that Smith had used the money ‘wastefully and at times extravagantly’.

Judge Mukherjee said: ‘She was very vulnerable and could not have known what you were doing and if she had could not have complained.

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‘You opened an account in her name and applied for loans. This was an extensive and detailed fraud, in my judgement to finance a good life style, Uber Eats, retail outlets, Haven Holidays, loveholidays, a New Year Eve’s ball, Currys, the list goes on.

‘I am satisfied you targeted her due to her vulnerability and means.’

The victim, who was disabled and had learning difficulties, lived with 28 other residents the Lifeways centre in College Road, Birmingham.

Investigations revealed the victim had two accounts in her name, and the transactions on it were out of character considering her normal spending and would have been impossible for her to have made.

Mr Skudra said the defendant had also used the victim’s card to make cash withdrawals and that there were 26 payments for Uber Eats as well as payments for bills, JD Sports and designer clothes shops.

Smith had also tried to pay for a holiday with Haven Holidays, for four adults and children, although that was cancelled.

She also went on a spending spree on December 23, 2019, when she spent cash in shops including Next and Primark over a short period of time.

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