Carer stole £28,000 from vulnerable victim

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A CARER has admitted defrauding more than £28,000 out of a woman she was looking after.

At Oxford Crown Court on Monday, Denise Kiff, 40, of St Leonards Close, Banbury, admitted 19 charges of fraud totalling more than £28,000. The court heard while working as a Mencap carer she fraudulently withdrew cash and applied for a loan in the name of one of her service users.

Emma Harrison, Mencap’s assistant director, said: “Mencap welcomes the fact that Denise Kiff has pleaded guilty to 19 charges of fraud. Her activities were identified by staff and the charity originally informed the police. Following an investigation she was dismissed from Mencap’s employment in July for gross misconduct, specifically financial abuse. The charity hopes her sentence will reflect society’s disgust at the activities of those who seek to abuse or exploit people with learning disabilities.”

Kiff will be sentenced at Oxford Crown Court on December 14.