Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NO JAIL FOR THE CARE WORKER WHO STOLE Pounds 9.5k; Charity Hits out at Sentence

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

NO JAIL FOR THE CARE WORKER WHO STOLE Pounds 9.5k; Charity Hits out at Sentence

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Byline: GARETH LIGHTFOOT

A CARE supervisor who stole more than pounds 9,500 from adults with learning difficulties and sank it into gambling has walked free from court.

Andrew Charlton took advantage of his job to siphon thousands of pounds from his vulnerable victims' accounts.

Now - in a sentence criticised by leading learning disability charity Mencap - his punishment is to carry out 200 hours' unpaid community work.

He has not been ordered to pay any compensation to the victims whose trust he abused for more than 18 months.

He took a total of pounds 9,557 from the five victims between March 2009 and November 2010, Teesside Crown Court heard yesterday.

Charlton, 38, worked for the now-defunct Choices Care company as the sole supervisor for five adults with learning difficulties who lived in a house in Stockton.

Part of his job was to help the five men, aged between 25 and 48, with their finances and paying their bills.

Prosecutor Harry Hadfield said: "He had the management of their money." Charlton had access to their bank accounts and withdrew large sums - pounds 2,663 stolen from one victim, more than pounds 6,300 from another.

He carried on stealing even after he was suspended and placed under investigation in October 2010.

He returned to the house and stole pounds 20 cash and a bank card belonging to one of the men. He was seen using the card at a supermarket cash machine.

He also pilfered hundreds of pounds meant to be used for the payment of bills. The house received a summons for an unpaid utility bill.

And Charlton ripped out pages from a ledger which recorded withdrawals from cash boxes for food and bills.

Charlton, of Hubbard Walk, Middlesbrough, confessed to police in interview that he took more than pounds 9,000 and spent the money on gambling.

He admitted four counts of theft and one of attempting to pervert the course of justice.

He had a previous conviction for benefit fraud in 1996. …

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