Carer in £20,000 fraud case told ‘jail is an option’

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.
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A carer from Surfleet who abused her position by dishonestly taking £20,000 from a couple in her care has been warned she could face jail.

Caroline Davis (38), of Newlands Road, admitted to defrauding Spalding couple Rodney and Lily Crowder by withdrawing money from their bank accounts without authority between November 2011 and July 2013 at Lincoln Crown Court today.

Davis first came into contact with the couple as a hairdresser for Mrs Crowder and then went on to carry out other tasks for them, including shopping and cleaning.

Caroline Bradley, prosecuting, said Davis was given access to the couple’s bank cards and PINs (personal identification numbers) but it wasn’t until October 2012 when the Crowders’ son noticed that large amounts of cash had been taken out of his mother’s bank account.

Police were finally called in when it was discovered that money had also been taken from Mr Crowder’s and they arrested Davis who admitted that she was under “financial pressure” and had kept money for herself after shopping for the couple.

Nick Bleaney, mitigating, said there was a “prospect of the whole of the £20,000 being repaid” but, in adjourning sentence for four weeks, Recorder Michael Stephens told Davis that even if full repayment was made “the sentencing judge will still have all options in mind”.

For the full story, read Thursday’s Spalding Guardian.