Hous­ing man­ager ac­cused of ‘mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing’ money

The Courier & Advertiser (Dundee Edition) - - NEWS -

A Dundee hous­ing sup­port man­ager is fac­ing a string of al­le­ga­tions in­clud­ing “mis­ap­pro­pri­at­ing” money from a ser­vice user.

Lo­rain Car­berry has been ac­cused of making 90 trans­ac­tions dur­ing which £277.41 was trans­ferred into her Paypal ac­count from ser­vice user A’s bank. The trans­ac­tions were said to have taken place while Ms Car­berry was em­ployed as a lo­cal­ity man­ager by Sense Scot­land.

When ques­tioned by her man­ager and a col­league, she stated that she had con­tacted the bank and had been told it was an er­ror.

How­ever, it was al­leged that she had in fact made the trans­ac­tion her­self by link­ing her per­sonal Paypal ac­count to A’s debit card.

Ms Car­berry has also been ac­cused of fail­ing to en­sure that trans­ac­tions of around £6000 were recorded in ser­vice user A’s fi­nan­cial records.

She was fur­ther said to have failed to re­port or take ac­tion when un­usual trans­ac­tions were present in A’s bank state­ments re­sult­ing in around £6,000 be­ing re­moved from his bank ac­count with­out his knowl­edge.

Other al­le­ga­tions in­cluded fail­ing to en­sure that bank state­ments were placed in A’s fi­nan­cial folder; fail­ing to en­sure that trans­ac­tions were recorded in ser­vice user B’s fi­nan­cial records and that record­ings were made of how much of B’s money was kept in the of­fice; not en­sur­ing that trans­ac­tions were recorded in ser­vice user C’s fi­nan­cial records and that C’s fi­nan­cial guardian was pro­vided with copies of bank state­ments.

Ms Car­berry was also ac­cused of re­peat­edly fail­ing to com­ply with an in­struc­tion given by her man­ager to pro­vide a monthly in­ci­dent and ac­ci­dent re­port, fail­ing to con­duct su­per­vi­sions with se­niors and/or prac­ti­tion­ers and not en­sur­ing that pro­ce­dures were in place to re­view the sup­port plans of ser­vice users ev­ery six months.

The al­leged events were said to have taken place be­tween around Jan­uary 18 2010 and around Oc­to­ber 16 2014.

The fit­ness to prac­tise panel will de­cide if the al­le­ga­tion is proved, whether the worker is fit to prac­tise, as well as whether a sanc­tion should be placed on their regis­tra­tion.

A worker is fit to prac­tise if they meet the stan­dards of char­ac­ter, con­duct and com­pe­tence nec­es­sary to do their job safely and ef­fec­tively with re­gard to the Code of Prac­tice for So­cial Ser­vice Work­ers and the Code of Prac­tice for Em­ploy­ers of So­cial Ser­vice Work­ers.

The al­le­ga­tions may be amended dur­ing the Scot­tish So­cial Ser­vices Coun­cil hear­ing; the panel may de­cide that not all of the al­le­ga­tions are proved or it may be de­cided that the worker’s fit­ness to prac­tise is not im­paired and dis­miss the case.

Sense Scot­land has been con­tacted for com­ment.

Ms Car­berry could not be reached at the time of go­ing to print.

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