Carer loses nurs­ing dream af­ter de­fraud­ing pen­sioner

Macclesfield Express - - HALLOWEEN HORRORS - STU­ART GREER

ACARER wrecked her dream of be­com­ing a nurse af­ter de­fraud­ing a dis­abled woman out of £10.

Char­lotte Cun­niffe al­tered a shop­ping re­ceipt while look­ing af­ter Mil­dred Pheby, 62.

The 22-year-old was caught af­ter her col­league at Eden Care Ser­vices, Amanda Beres­ford, turned de­tec­tive and re­ported her to bosses.

Cun­niffe, of Hul­ley Road, Mac­cles­field, ad­mit­ted fraud by false rep­re­sen­ta­tion at Mac­cles­field mag­is­trates’ court on Oc­to­ber 29, the day she was due to stand trial.

Mag­is­trates sen­tenced her to com­plete 60 hours un­paid work in the com­mu­nity.

Speak­ing out­side court Mrs Pheby said she was ‘dev­as­tated’ by Cun­niffe’s ‘be­trayal’, adding: “This has had a pro­found af­fect on me. I hope she never works in the care industry again.”

The court heard that Cun­niffe cared for Mrs Pheby for two years and ‘got on ex­tremely well’.

Kate Marchuk, prose­cut­ing, said: “On Oc­to­ber 30, 2014, the de­fen­dant was given £80 to do the shop­ping.

“When she re­turned she gave Mrs Pheby her change, a screwed up re­ceipt from the Co-op and told her she would give the re­ceipt from TTS Meats later.

“Later that day an­other carer An­gela Beres­ford no­ticed a hand­writ­ten re­ceipt for TTS ap­peared to have been al­tered by £10. Mrs Beres­ford in­ves­ti­gated and was shown the orig­i­nal re­ceipt by TTS.”

In a state­ment read out in court Mrs Pheby said: “I feel an­gry that I have lost the trust in car­ers as I rely on them.

“I suf­fer panic at­tacks and am fright­ened of go­ing out and fear I will come across Char­lotte.”

Ju­lian Far­ley, de­fend­ing, said Cun­niffe, who was sacked by Eden Care Ser­vice and now works as as­sis­tant man­ager at a pub, was ‘ex­tremely sorry’, adding: “She can­not ex­plain what hap­pened.

“She sat in the car park of TTS and thought she was £10 short. Rather than speak to Mrs Pheby about it she al­tered the re­ceipt.”

Pro­ba­tion of­fi­cer Mike Ish­er­wood said the de­fen­dant was work­ing long hours and was emo­tional be­cause her grand­fa­ther was dy­ing.

“He added that she had made ‘a huge mis­take’ which had stopped her train­ing as a nurse at Mac­cles­field Hospi­tal.”

Sen­tenc­ing, Brian Pat­ti­son, chair of the bench, or­dered Cun­niffe to pay Mrs Pheby £100 in com­pen­sa­tion, adding: “The amount of the fraud may be small but it had a sig­nif­i­cant af­fect on the vic­tim.”

●● Char­lotte Cun­niffe was con­victed of fraud. Source Face­book.

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