UK: Court jails Nigerian woman for stealing £20,000

A Nigerian care home worker, Abiola Akinremi, was sentenced to seven months in prison in the United Kingdom (UK) for stealing £20,000 from vulnerable residents’ savings.

According to Daily UK News on Thursday, the 41-year-old worked as an administrator at the facility in Bostall House in Abbey Wood, Old Bailey, in South East London, and made dozens of illegal withdrawals from patients’ bank accounts.

The Old Bailey is a facility that houses mental health residents under the Mental Health Act, and those without family support give administrators and caregivers control of their finances.

The presiding judge, Angela Rafferty KC in her ruling said, “This was a repeated and planned course of conduct, and a very serious breach of trust of vulnerable people.”

Also, Prosecutor Robert Levack said, “People who live at the home are all vulnerable, they have various conditions and are detained under the Mental Health Act or other legislation. It is a 24-hour care facility.

“They are not allowed to leave Bostall House without a member of staff or a family member. Some have their financial affairs looked after by the home.”

Authorities initiated a probe into Akinremi’s fraudulent activities in November 2018, when £43,000 was missing from residents’ bank accounts, including £32,000 from one victim.

She had repudiated the accusations until the first day of her prosecution, insisting that other staff at the home were trying to “pin the blame” on her.

However, Akinremi admitted taking £19,650 over the period of eight months from three residents, adding that others at the home were also involved in misconduct.

Akinremi then pleaded guilty to three charges of fraud by abuse of position, while Judge Rafferty rejected a plea for a suspended prison sentence, concluding only an immediate spell behind bars would be appropriate.

 

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