Carer loses nursing dream after defrauding pensioner
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.