Care worker guilty of stealing from vulnerable residents

29/01/2014

A care home manager who stole money from vulnerable residents has today pleaded guilty at Wolverhampton Crown Court to theft.

Cherilyn Withers, aged 29, was employed as a care home manager at the Glenthorn House in Bilston where her various responsibilities included looking after the residents money and recording each time their money was spent.

However, during a seven month period between 3 April 2012 and 3 November 2012, Withers began to abuse her position of trust and started to steal from the elderly vulnerable victims, who she was employed to look after. Once she stole their money, she would then falsify their records in order to hide what she was doing.  

In total, the defendant stole £2,395.73 which she used to pay off her debts.

When staff at the care home discovered the discrepancies, they immediately contacted the police and Withers was arrested and later charged with theft to which she has pleaded guilty to. She will be sentenced on 28 February 2014.

Martin Lindop, Sector Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service (CPS), said:  

"Targeting someone because they are older makes a crime even more serious, so it is important that we bring these people to justice - whether they be strangers, carers, like in this case or family members.

"Today's plea is important in showing that the Crown Prosecution Service takes the criminal mistreatment of older people seriously.

"Living free from crime is a basic human right and today I urge any older people suffering criminal mistreatment to be confident that the CPS understands the serious nature of these crimes, and to report them to police."