CARER avoids jail for theft of £21,000 from disabled OAP

A CARER has been spared jail after stealing more than £21,000 from the elderly disabled woman she looked after.

Lorraine Furness, 51, of Tichbourne Street, Liversedge, conned bedridden Christine Noad, of Halifax Road, Liversedge, by acting as the pensioner’s friend.

Furness had originally denied the 11 charges of fraud by false representation but pleaded guilty midway through her trial at Bradford Crown Court.

The court was told she had drawn 114 cheques on her employer’s account, totalling £21,617.

Mrs Noad died in November 2015 aged 76.

Furness had begun working as a cleaner for Mrs Noad, who suffered from multiple sclerosis, but later became one of her carers.

Her crimes came to light when Mrs Noad’s husband, Edmund, who no longer lived with his wife but remained in contact, was informed by the bank that one of her accounts was overdrawn.

An investigation revealed a large number of transactions from her account to Furness.

Furness’ barrister Ella Anderson said that Furness was a trained carer for her seriously disabled granddaughter.

She said: “This is not a greedy, callous woman who has been funding a lavish lifestyle.”

Furness was handed an 18-month prison sentence, suspended for two years, with 240 hours of unpaid work and an activity requirement with probation services.

She is also subject to a four-month curfew.

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