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Confiscation order for carer

A 53 year old who stole money from an elderly woman has been ordered to pay nearly £2000 pounds under proceeds of crime legislation.

Anne McConnell, a carer from the Isle of Arran, was made subject of a Confiscation Order and ordered to pay £1810.

McConnell had previously pled guilty to theft and the court had imposed a Community Payback Order for 225 hours of unpaid work and a Compensation Order of £9,000.

Liam Murphy, Procurator Fiscal, Specialist Casework, said:

“Anne McConnell stole thousands of pounds from a vulnerable older lady who relied on her for support and assistance.

“This was a cold and callous act and a crime that the many honest individuals who work in the caring profession providing a vital service to vulnerable members of our communities found shocking.

“The Crown is determined to recover money from those who seek to profit from crime.”

At an earlier hearing Anne McConnell admitted that she obtained a bank card belonging to her victim and, between February 1st and August 17th 2015 made numerous withdrawals totalling £9,000.

McConnell was on sick leave from her job on the Isle of Arran when her victim received a bank statement on August 18th 2015 detailing thousands of pounds in withdrawals.

The woman immediately contacted her bank to cancel the card and called the police.

McConnell tried to make another withdrawal with the card but discovered it had been cancelled when it was retained by the bank machine.

Following enquiries by police she was interviewed, arrested and charged the next day.

A spokesperson for Age Scotland, Scotland's leading older people's charity, said:

"The vast majority of carers provide excellent and dedicated service to older and vulnerable people.

"Though rare, this type of alarming case shows that people who receive support and their families need to remain vigilant against all kinds of abuse, including theft.

"Anyone who has concerns that they or a family member may have been exploited should call our Freephone helpline on 0800 12 44 222, for advice on this or any issue."