Carer stole from vulnerable clients

PUBLISHED: 06:30 05 May 2017


A carer from Exmouth targeted elderly and vulnerable clients to steal their cash – until she was shopped by her own daughter, a court heard.

Susan Shapcott confessed to her daughter, a carer with the same company, who was so ashamed and angry at her 58-year-old mother that she told their bosses. Shapcott spent the money on a new TV, cooker, having her carpets cleaned and paying off debts, Exeter Magistrates’ Court heard.

She admitted stealing cash from two clients – one with dementia and another she had befriended and who trusted her.

Shapcott, of Bankside, near Marley Road, Exmouth, told police: “I was short of money. I used it for debts. I was bogged down working for nothing.”

Prosecutor Lyndsey Baker said Shapcott deliberately targeted vulnerable people for her own gain and in breach of trust.

She was jailed for 36 weeks, suspended for 12 months, and ordered to pay £420 compensation.

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