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Care home manager jailed for fraud

A former deputy manager of a Sheffield care home for adults with learning disabilities has been jailed for defrauding more than 20 residents of thousands of pounds.

Denise Nichols was one of only a few managers authorised to order money on behalf of residents and collect it from the bank.

During an audit ordered by the Learning Disabilities Directorate within Sheffield Health and Social Care NHS Foundation Trust, it emerged that money was missing and unaccounted for, and it became apparent that Nichols was responsible.

Nichols, 55, of Kiveton Lane, Rotherham, appeared at Sheffield Magistrates’ Court last month (January) where she admitted fraud by abuse of position.

The charge relates to defrauding 23 residents of about £15,000.

She appeared at Sheffield Crown Court today where she was sentenced to two years in prison.