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Care workers jailed after thefts from patients

21/02/2012

Two former Liverpool care home workers who stole more than £90,000 from three elderly patients have been jailed.

Joan Vernon, 61, and Kathleen Treble, 47, both from Speke took money from three vulnerable patients, two of whom were over 90 years of age.

The pair made withdrawals using the victims' debit cards, cashed pension cheques and even kept the fees paid by the wife of one of the victim's. Liverpool Crown Court also heard that over one six and a half months period, 54 withdrawals of £200 and £300 amounts were made from one patient's bank account.

Richard Riley, Senior Crown Prosecutor from CPS Mersey-Cheshire said: "This callous pair took advantage of people who were supposed to be in their care and who trusted them.

"They abused that trust in the most despicable way."

Vernon pleaded guilty to four offences of theft and was sentenced to four years in prison. Treble had pleaded not guilty, but was convicted by a jury at Liverpool Crown Court.

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