Carer jailed for stealing from ninety year old woman

Jailed carer Linda Greenacre Photo: Norfolk Police

A woman who stole thousands of pounds from an elderly lady she was employed to care for has been jailed for 18 months.

Linda Greenacre worked as a carer for the 90 year-old woman in King’s Lynn, and stole over £33,000 in cash and self-written cheques.

Over a period of 21 months, between March 2012 and January 2014, Greenacre slowly stole the money – making around 36 trips to cash machines using the victim’s bank card to withdraw cash and forging 64 cheques for varying amounts made out to herself.

Greenacre’s deceit was uncovered when the victim, who is physically frail and relies on carers to assist her on daily basis, received a letter from her bank stating that her account was overdrawn. Greenacre had been the woman’s carer for over six years.

The fifty-four year-old from Lady Jane Grey Road, King’s Lynn, was charged with theft of £7000 in cash and the forgery of several cheques valued at £26,300.

She pleaded guilty to the offences and was sentenced to 18 months in prison.

Detective Constable Bridget Milne of the Adult Abuse Investigation Unit said:

"This theft took place over a prolonged period and saw Linda Greenacre take advantage of an elderly lady whom she was trusted to care for. Her actions were calculated, deceitful and purely for her own personal gain. The majority of the money stolen was spent on jewellery.

– DC Bridget Milne, Norfolk Police