Former care manager jailed for defrauding resident


A former care manager, who stole £19,248.40 from a resident's bank account, has today been sentenced at Wolverhampton Crown Court to 16 months' imprisonment.

An internal investigation was launched by the Crossway Residential Home in Walsall after financial irregularities were found with a resident's bank account.

The victimís account should have had their pension credited to it and care fees being debited. However, a number of unauthorised withdrawals via an ATM were found to have been using the victim's debit card 

Police were later called and they arrested the former manager of the home, 48-year-old Paul Wehrle-Fellows.

The defendant later admitted to the theft and he pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position.

Paul Reid, District Crown Prosecutor from West Midlands Crown Prosecution Service, said:

"Paul Wehrle-Fellows abused his position of trust in order to steal money from a vulnerable victim, funds which were intended for her care.

"Targeting someone because for their vulnerability makes a crime even more serious, so it is important that together we bring these people to justice - whether they be strangers, carers or family members."