Jailed carer who stole £11k from 100-year-old is unable to repay
A CARER who stole the life savings of a 100-year-old woman will not have to pay the money back.
Stephanie Isaacs, 62, had been a carer for 35 years and was a key worker for her victim.
However, she used the woman's credit card to withdraw £11,294 from her account over five years, taking between £50 and £300 each time.
Under the Proceeds of Crime Act, the Crown Prosecution Service tried to recoup the money from Isaacs by forcing her to sell her house.
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However, due to the recession, she no longer has any equity in her home and the CPS has withdrawn the proceedings.
Prosecutor Richard Thompson said: "Isaacs served a statement indicating her home was worth about £110,000 with a mortgage of £90,000. We sought a confiscation hearing in these circumstances.
"She was awaiting a further valuation of her property from estate agents and they valued it at £65,000.
"The result is that any confiscation hearings are pointless."
Judge Mark Bury, sitting at Hull Crown Court, agreed to withdraw the proceedings following confirmation Isaacs has no assets and is in negative equity.
Isaacs will not have to repay any of the stolen money now unless her financial circumstances change and the proceedings could be restarted against her.
Colleagues at Westbourn Lodge Residential Care Home in Cardigan Road, Bridlington, discovered the fraud when Isaacs phoned in sick on Christmas Day.
They noticed discrepancies in payments from the elderly woman's account and challenged Isaacs.
Hull Crown Court heard the victim had been "very fond" of Isaacs and has not been told of her betrayal for fear of how it would affect her.
Isaacs, of St Johns Walk, Bridlington, initially claimed another member of staff must have been responsible, but later admitted fraud.
Her barrister, Claire Holmes, previously said: "She has betrayed this lady who felt a great deal for her.
"She had a very extensive career as a carer before these matters happened.
"She is thoroughly ashamed of herself and is genuinely remorseful for what has happened. She was at a low point in her life.
"Since this offence came to light, she has lost the support of her husband. They have separated."
Judge David Tremberg had jailed Isaacs for 14 months in July after she confessed to her crime.
He told her: "No doubt, because of your extensive experience as a carer, you were placed in a position where you were in a high degree of trust.
"You tried to blame others and sought to foist blame on to other innocent people.
"Courts do what they can to make it clear anybody in a position of a high degree of trust who preys upon the elderly and the vulnerable for financial gain can expect little sympathy."