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Carer convicted after stealing from vulnerable victim

Dated: 20 Apr 2017 08:27 AM

Convicted Caroline Johnson [View Full Size]

A woman has been convicted of theft and jailed for 16 months after cruelly stealing money from a vulnerable and elderly woman she was paid to look after.

Caroline Johnson, 41, of Plessey Road in Blyth, Northumberland, worked for a company providing care in the community.

She was employed as the carer of a 92-year-old woman diagnosed with dementia, who also had sight and mobility issues.

Over an 18 month period (December 2014 to July 2016), Caroline befriended the woman working in her home on an almost daily basis. The victim had no close family nearby and heavily relied on Caroline for her day-to-day care.

Caroline began to take advantage of the elderly woman, using her bank card to withdraw cash from the bank machine and using her bank card in a variety of local shops to buy goods and claim cash back, which she pocketed. She even used the victim's bank accounts to pay for her own mobile phone, gas and electricity bills for her home address.

During the 18 months Johnson systematically stole over £21,000 from the woman. She even helped the elderly woman transfer £10,000 from an ISA into the woman's current account as her funds were being depleted by Caroline's crimes.

The thefts continued up until the day before she was arrested, when Caroline stole £800 from the account. By August last year Caroline had stolen the woman's life savings leaving her with just £198.

Johnson pleaded guilty to theft and on Tuesday, April 18, was sentenced at Newcastle Crown Court.

DC Richard Jobson of Northumbria Police said: "Caroline Johnson regularly abused the trust of the vulnerable victim she was being paid to care for. This elderly lady should have been safe and protected in her home by the very person who was employed to look after her needs. Instead Caroline ruthlessly exploited her position of trust and systematically stole large sums of money for her own personal greed.

"This case has had a profound effect on the victim and her family who have all suffered as a result of her actions.

"I am pleased the court has taken into account the severity of the abuse and the distress it has caused the victim.

"I hope the elderly victim will be able to recover her confidence in people now that the case has been dealt with at court."

Pictured convicted Caroline Johnson