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Care worker ordered to pay back over £40k

A care worker from East London has been ordered to pay back almost £45,000 after she submitted false timesheets for shifts she didn't turn up for and left a resident on his own

A care worker from East London must pay back over £40,000 after she submitted false timesheets and claimed money for shifts she didn’t actually turn up for.

Ann Nelson, of Farm Road, Rainham, was found guilty of fraud by false representation and two additional offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act last month (February 19) at Snaresbrook Crown Court.

Royal London Hospital had sent off a safeguarding alert to Barking and Dagenham Council’s social care department after discovering Ms Nelson and two other carers had not been attending to a resident and his care needs, though timesheets completed by Ms Nelson suggested that they had.

Before they are paid, carers must complete timesheets and fill out the number of days and hours worked.

The man’s care package showed that carers were supposed to visit him four times a day, with two of the visits needing only one carer and the other two needing two carers present.

A council investigation found Ms Nelson had submitted timesheets which had falsely represented the hours of care provided by her and two other carers.

At the end of last year Ms Nelson appeared in court and pleaded guilty to one act of fraud by false representation, and two other offences under the Proceeds of Crime Act where the council sought a confiscation order of just over £40,000.

Last month, Ms Nelson was handed a two-year suspended sentence and 15 rehabilitation days and 180 hours unpaid work. She was ordered to pay £40,159.04 to the council within 56 days, as well as additional costs of £4,957.

Maureen Worby, cabinet member for adult social care and health integration at the council, said: “Direct payments allow vulnerable residents in receipt of social care services to receive cash payments from the council and can give those residents greater flexibility and control over the services they receive.

“To then take advantage of someone who has put so much trust in you is not only reprehensible but unacceptable. I am extremely pleased she has had her day in court and will have to refund the proceeds of her crime.”

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