Carer stole £90,000 from dementia-suffering patient after moving him 50 miles from his Wallington home
A carer who stole £90,000 from a vulnerable pensioner has been jailed for nearly two years.
Sarah Biggs, 45, arranged the sale of 85-year-old John Gallo’s family home in Wallington, in 2006, and moved him 50 miles away to Worthing in West Sussex, in order to steal his money.
Biggs was employed by the London Borough of Sutton to care for Mr Gallo who had dementia and had suffered mental illness throughout his adult life.
Her bosses at the council informed her of Mr Gallo’s vulnerability and that he had been conned by rogue traders in the past, Chichester Crown Court heard.
Biggs helped Mr Gallo sell his Wallington home, where he had lived since a child, and purchase a flat in Worthing, near where she lived.
The court heard how she isolated him from his estranged family while helping herself to £92,000 left over from the house sale.
Biggs opened an internet banking account and paid herself £300 per month, but does not appear to have provided any caring services. She also drew cheques in order to pay herself £27,000 from the account.
Her crime was only exposed after Mr Gallo was found wandering in the snow in his underpants in 2008 when West Sussex County Council took over his affairs. Mr Gallo was unable to manage food or fluids and did not have a bed in his flat.
Biggs, of Dominion Close, Worthing, pleaded guilty to fraud at Chichester Crown Court on Monday, October 7, and was sentenced on Friday, October 11, to 21 months in jail.
A Sutton Council spokesperson said: “The safety and wellbeing of our vulnerable residents is of the upmost importance to us and we take every precaution necessary to ensure that this is maintained.
"We undertake a robust recruitment process when employing people in positions of trust which sits in line with what other local authorities do across the country.
“It would be inappropriate for us to discuss the details of an individual case.”
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