Published On: Sat, Feb 14th, 2015 on 1:28 pm

Carers jailed for scamming 91-year-old Parkinson’s sufferer of £500k

Six caretakers have today been sentenced for their role in defrauding a 91-year-old disabled woman from Skipton out of half a million pounds.

Carers Jailed For Scamming 92-Year-Old

(l-r) Wendy Denise Bell, and Amanda Carroll. Image: North Yorkshire Police.

Wendy Denise Bell, 57 and her daughter, Lisa Denise Bell, 30, both of Cullingworth, Bradford, were found guilty by jury at Bradford Crown Court last month of conspiracy to defraud.

Wendy Bell was also found guilty of fraud by false representation.

Amanda Jane Carroll, 44, from Shipley, Caron Tracey Gilbert, 33, Alice Barker, 57, and Linda Mynott, 60, all from Keighley, pleaded guilty to conspiracy to defraud at an earlier hearing.

Carroll also pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.

Grossly inflated charges

The victim, who suffered from Parkinson’s disease, employed Wendy Bell via an agency to provide her care.

Bell then took a lead role in arranging 24-hour cover, bypassing the agency to pay the wages of the “staff” recruited by herself and Carroll, directly.

The group of carers, made up of the family and friends of Bell and Carroll, went on to charge the victim grossly inflated amounts for her care over a two-year period, charging up to £40,000 a month.

None had any qualifications for looking after a person with Parkinson’s disease, did not receive any training, none had had any legal checks and none paid tax or National Insurance on their earnings.

The group’s criminal activity was eventually uncovered when the community matron raised concerns when she discovered the amount of money the victim was paying for her care.

“This was one of the worst cases of financial abuse I have ever seen”

Investigating Officer, Detective Constable Shane Martin of Skipton CID, said: “This was one of the worst cases of financial abuse I have ever seen. These so-called carers abused their position of trust and responsibility, provided a poor standard of care and plundered the unsuspecting victim’s bank account, believing they would never be found out.

“Their victim was a frail and elderly lady who trusted the women to look after her in her own home, a situation which has to come with a high degree of trust. These women abused that trust with impunity.”

Wendy Bell was sentenced to three years and six months’ imprisonment.

Amanda Carroll was sentenced to three years and five months’ imprisonment.

Lisa Bell was sentenced to 15 months’ imprisonment suspended for two years. She was also given a 300-hour community order and a four-month electronic tag curfew between the hours of 9pm and 7am.

Alice Barker was given a nine-month suspended sentence and given an 80-hour community order.

Linda Mynott was given a seven-month suspended sentence and placed on an electronic tag curfew for four months between the hours of 8pm and 8am.

Caron Gilbert was given a 30-day community order.

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