High-liv­ing boss f leeced care home res­i­dents of £923,000

Daily Mail - - Life - By Chris Brooke

A CARE man­ager who stole al­most £1 mil­lion from vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents and spent it on the high life was jailed for seven years yes­ter­day.

Dianna Turner, 53, was claim­ing ben­e­fits and not paying taxes while si­phon­ing off hun­dreds of thou­sands of pounds from ten peo­ple liv­ing in her sup­ported ac­com­mo­da­tion.

She spent the cash on ex­pen­sive cars, ex­otic hol­i­days and a port­fo­lio of prop­er­ties, in­clud­ing two in Dubai, Sh­effield Crown Court was told. While com­mit­ting the fraud over a nine-year pe­riod, she was also re­ceiv­ing a £50,000 an­nual salary as a man­ager at Glas­ton­bury Guest House in Sh­effield.

The res­i­dents she tar­geted had men­tal health prob­lems, learning dif­fi­cul­ties and is­sues with drink and drugs, which made them easy to ma­nip­u­late, the court heard.

Turner was con­victed of fraud after a three-week trial. She was de­scribed as ‘greedy’ and ‘ar­ro­gant’ by Judge Gra­ham Reeds QC as he passed sen­tence yes­ter­day.

He told her: ‘What you did can only be ex­plained by greed. You took as much money from them as you could for as long as you could – I’m sure this was ar­ro­gance on your part. You de­cided they didn’t need the money so you took it.’

South York­shire Po­lice said the to­tal amount Turner il­le­gally ac­quired from ten peo­ple was £ 923,000. The court heard she bought a Range Rover Evoque with the per­son­alised reg­is­tra­tion plate ‘DI4NA T’ and an Audi A3 for her son. She also bought five houses that she rented out, in­clud­ing two in Dubai, and went on lux­ury hol­i­days to Italy and New York.

Pros­e­cu­tor Tom Storey said Turner per­suaded res­i­dents to set up stand­ing or­ders to ac­counts linked to her and her broth­ers, and would also make them with­draw large sums of cash for ‘rent’.

He said this hap­pened de­spite the fact that the ma­jor­ity of res­i­dents’ fees were paid di­rectly by Sh­effield City Coun­cil to David Andrews, the owner of the guest house.

The bar­ris­ter said one res­i­dent was paying a monthly stand­ing or­der of £943 to an ac­count in the name of Turner’s mother. The fraud was re­vealed when Mr Andrews no­ticed res­i­dents’ bank ac­counts were linked to Turner’s ac­counts.

Turner’s broth­ers Khalid, 59, and Waleed Rah­man, 58, were ac­cused of laun­der­ing the il­le­gal tak­ings, but were found not guilty.

De­tec­tive Con­sta­ble James Hughes said Turner ‘self­ishly and shame­lessly took ad­van­tage of the vul­ner­a­ble res­i­dents’. He added: ‘They re­lied on her to get through life ev­ery sin­gle day and she cal­lously took ad­van­tage of that.’

Cal­lous: Dianna Turner, 53

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