A CARER who stole more than £12,000 from a vulnerable resident while she was temporary manager of a care home has been sent to prison.
Jennifer Nisbett, 44, was given a 16-month sentence after Leeds Crown Court heard she stole the money from an elderly woman at Neville House residential care home, Montreal Avenue, Chapel Allerton, Leeds.
The court heard Nisbett abused the trust placed in her by her employer and the victim to steal cash from her bank account.
Nisbett had access to the victim’s bank card and would withdraw cash for her so she could pay bills and buy other items.
Tony Kellbrick, prosecuting, said Nisbett began pocketing cash for herself during a time when she was temporary manager of the home.
Nisbett, of Pasture Road, Oakwood, Leeds, withdrew £12,500 for herself.
The deception happened over a period of two years before it came to light.
Nisbett pleaded guilty to theft.
Kate Batty, mitigating, said Nisbett has no previous convictions and stole the money in order to pay for her secret drinking habit.
Mrs Batty said Nisbett was £10,000 in debt and took the money as she did not earn enough to fund the amount of alcohol she drank on a daily basis.
She added that Nisbett lived with her mother and would sit alone in her room drinking when not at work.
Jailing Nisbett, judge James Spencer, QC, said that what happened was a considerable breach of trust.
He added: “She trusted you completely and your employer trusted you completely.
“You helped yourself for your own private needs.
“It makes no difference to me that it was to buy alcohol. In fact, it makes it slightly worse.
“This was a considerable breach of trust and a considerable criminal enterprise committed over a long period.”