Carer jailed for 'traumatically' defrauding 82-year-old Hampshire woman
A CARER has been jailed after pleading guilty to string of fraudulent transactions using the details of an elderly woman that she supported.
Susan Tyler, 59, pleaded guilty to money laundering at Winchester Crown Court on Wednesday.
In February 2017, Tyler was employed to care for an 82-year-old – but she used the woman’s name and bank details to embark on a series of fraudulent payments.
A search of the carer’s home uncovered 123 separate PayPal transactions from two accounts, paying for purchases, bills, and loans over a period of 12 months.
Now, Tyler, from Frimley, Surrey, has been jailed 40 weeks for the fraudulent activity, which has inflicted a ‘traumatic’ cost on her victim, who lives in Aldershot, according to Detective Sergeant Marcus Mills from Hampshire Constabulary.
He said: ‘An offender has been brought to justice and handed a significant custodial sentence – after preying on vulnerable and elderly victim. She abused her position of power in the cruellest of ways, and showed little remorse for someone who she had a duty of care for.
‘The cost to Tyler’s victim has been traumatic, having caused untold distress and worry – so we are pleased to see that she is no longer a threat to the local communities of Hampshire and Surrey.
‘In handing down this sentence, which reflects the nature and severity of her criminal activity, we hope that this will act as a future deterrent to those individuals seeking to abuse positions of trust or exploiting the elderly and vulnerable.’