Shame of care home boss who stole from residents

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A care home manager who abused her position and stole money from two elderly residents has been sentenced to 15 months in jail.

Judith Lemarinel, 54, was found guilty of taking £5,530 from an 87-year-old woman living at Park Grove Care Home in Burscough, where she was the manager.

Liverpool Crown Court heard during a two-day trial that various amounts of money were withdrawn from the victim’s bank account in 2011 after Lemarinel gained access to her debit card and pin number following a shopping trip.

Lemarinel, of Aveling Drive, Southport, had also earlier pleaded guilty to theft from another lady who is 100-years-old, who was also living in the care home.

She pleaded guilty to stealing a total of £897 periodically over the course of four years between 2007 and 2011 by overcharging the victim’s family, who were providing money to buy the lady extra items and luxuries.

She was sentenced to 12 months in prison for the theft from the 87-year-old woman, who has since died, and an extra three months for the theft from the 100-year-old lady, to run consecutively.

PC Kyle Hazelaar, of Lancashire Police, said: “These were despicable crimes, taking money from two very vulnerable people who she was supposed to be caring for.

“Her position of responsibility was grossly abused for which she is now paying the price with a jail sentence.”