Glasgow & West Scotland

Carer Janice McCue jailed for stealing woman's £32,000

A Glasgow care home worker who stole more than £32,000 from a vulnerable resident has been jailed for 16 months.

Janice McCue, 59, worked at Allarton care home in Partick when she used the 44-year-old victim's bank card to make cash withdrawals between 2010 and 2013.

Glasgow Sheriff Court heard how McCue was caught when a colleague saw the woman's bank statement.

She admitted stealing the cash but offered no explanation as to how she spent the money.

The court heard the victim had mental health issues and lives at the care home run by the Crossreach Organisation.

Trusted position

Part of McCue's duties were to deal with the victim's financial affairs, giving her access to the necessary bank cards and pin codes to access her account.

McCue stole the cash between September 2010 and March 2013 at ATMs on Crow Road, Dumbarton Road and elsewhere.

Last March, while she was off duty, a colleague of McCue's saw the woman's bank statement and noticed large sums of cash had been withdrawn.

The matter was reported to her manager, who called the police.

This led to McCue being detained by officers, but despite admitting what she had done she could not explain where she had spent the money, none of which has been recovered.

Jailing her, Sheriff John McCormick told McCue her victim was "vulnerable" and "relying on her". He added: "This was a breach of trust."

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