A CARE homeworker who stole nearly £100,000 from vulnerable residents has been jailed.
Sara Hornsey took her family on holiday, paying vet bills and buying tickets to Brighton Pride with money she took from the Albany Care Home in Bognor.
The 42-year-old stole £96,000 straight from the care home where she worked as an account manager and residents’ bank accounts.
It targeted the most vulnerable, with one man losing £55,000 from his bench.
A former resident she robbed died before Hornsey admitted five counts of fraud against four clients and the West Sussex care home.
Residents had withdrawn substantial sums of money in cash using their bank cards, which Hornsey carried with him. Some even had benefits diverted.
Hornsey told nursing home bosses residents were confused when they asked for money.
The mother-of-two withdrew up to £800 a week to be used to meet residents’ expenses.
Hornsey admitted five counts of fraud by abuse of office and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.
The family of one victim said they used the money Hornsey stole to fund better health care for her.
Hornsey, from Littlehampton, had control of the care home’s business accounts and access to residents’ banking details.
She stole money from them over a six-year period from 2013 to 2019 and shredded documents to cover their tracks.
After a police investigation, the Crown’s Nick Mather said Hornsey took great care to cover their tracks and it was impossible to establish exactly how much money Hornsey stole.
“It was extremely difficult and took a lot of work to determine the extent of the wrongdoing,” he said.
Hornsey falsified financial records and shredded documents, he said.
She told police: “I would take the card and pull out the money when I needed it to the point where I just kept the card with me and it just kept getting worse.”
Portsmouth Crown Court heard it was targeting the most vulnerable residents at the 18-room private care home, which specializes in caring for patients with mental illness and dementia.
James Newton-Price QC told Hornsey she broke the trust the family-run care home and vulnerable residents placed in her.
“Victims were attacked because of their vulnerability,” he said. “All lacked the capacity to manage their finances.
“They took advantage of this situation.”
The final figure of £96,107 was a minimum figure and likely an underestimate, recorder Newton-Price said.
Albany Care Home declined to comment.
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