A carer, who befriended an 88-year-old woman in order to defraud her out of more than £60,000, has been jailed. Mandy Jane Jackson of North Reddish was found guilty on four counts of fraud at Minshull Street Crown Court and was consequently jailed on the 6th of November for three years.
The court heard how the elderly victim had moved in to a care home in Heaton Mersey, Stockport in 2011 following the sale of her house. Around January of 2012, a year after the elderly woman had moved in to the care home, the management decided to take the victim in to the bank to help her sort out her finances, such as arranging for the payment of her care on a monthly basis. Mandy Jackson attended this meeting along with the manager of the home and was therefore privy and alert to details regarding the woman’s finances.
In this meeting it was revealed that the victim had a substantial amount of money in her current account, a sum of around £150,000. It was at this point that Jackson started taking a personal interest in the care of the elderly woman, as she began helping her to the shops on a daily basis whilst building a friendship with her, until she was eventually named as her ‘key worker’ by the home. Jackson then utilised this position of trust in order to gradually steal money from the victim, obtaining a copy of her debit card and using it regularly at cash machines, as well as writing cheques to herself over a period of two years.
She used the victim’s account to pay for a £5,000 bathroom suite to be installed in her house, and even used the stolen debit card while on holiday in Cyprus. Between February 2012 and January 2014 Jackson is thought to have stolen £19,470 in cash, written cheques to herself totaling £11,445, spent £9,231 and withdrew £19,137 whilst using the victim’s debit card. Detective Constable Shaun Nicholls has stated “The cold and calculated nature of this crime is demonstrated by the fact that Jackson started positioning herself close to the victim as soon as it became clear there was money to extort”.