Care home boss stole from resident

Burnley Magistrates' Court
Burnley Magistrates' Court

A Padiham care home boss took £30,000 from a resident, walked into a police station to confess and said she had thought of killing herself, a court heard.

Julie Williams (50) had had the bank card of Clifford Goodall, who had just moved into the Hilton Residential Home and whose mental capacity had been of concern.

Magistrates in Burnley said she could now be facing jail after the bench committed her to Burnley Crown Court to be sentenced in May.

The defendant, of Partridge Hill Street, Padiham, admitted fraud by false representation, by removing funds from a bank account which she did not have authorisation for, at Padiham, between January 1st, 2015 and April 25th, 2016. Williams, who was of previous good character, was unconditionally bailed.

Prosecutor Miss Parveen Akhtar told the hearing Williams then worked as the manager of the care home and during her time there had the care of the victim’s bank card.

When he had arrived at the home, his mental capacity was of concern and while he was there his mental competence had deteriorated. Solicitors were acting for his financial affairs after a Power of Attorney was taken out.

Mr John Rusius (defending) told the court: “It’s a guilty plea at the first opportunity. There is a dispute about the amount involved, but because of the amount likely to be involved it’s agreed it should be sent to the crown court for sentence.”