A former Spalding care home manager who stole £4,500 from the wife of a dementia patient has been struck off.
John Eric Valmoria (38), jailed last July for a theft at The Bungalow Retirement Home in Park Road between October and November 2012, was barred from working in the UK after a hearing in London on Friday.
The Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC), which regulates health, psychological and social work professionals in the UK, found that Valmoria’s actions were a case of “serious dishonesty and abuse of trust” which meant he was “not fit to be a member of the profession”.
Valmoria was entrusted with a cheque book by the wife of a resident at the care home so that his residential fees could be paid.
But after £4,500 had been taken from her bank, Valmoria was charged with theft when it also emerged that he had tried to cover up his theft by persuading the resident’s wife to sign a “bogus loan agreement”.
Valmoria didn’t attend the hearing but a report from the HCPC panel said: “He had a previously unblemished record as an occupational therapist and no concerns were raised by the referring (NHS) Trust regarding his clinical practice.
“However, the case is too serious for the Panel to take no action as it involves serious dishonesty and abuse of trust.
“As such, he is not fit to be a member of the profession.”