Probe into Care of Disabled Students; SERVICE MANAGER ALREADY ON FRAUD CHARGE OVER Pounds 13,500

Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England), December 17, 2008 | Go to article overview

Probe into Care of Disabled Students; SERVICE MANAGER ALREADY ON FRAUD CHARGE OVER Pounds 13,500


Byline: By BRENDA HICKMAN Crime Reporter

WELFARE authorities are investigating alleged trauma suffered by disabled students using the services provided by a care manager at the centre of a fraud probe.

An inquiry was launched by Northumberland Care Trust into the running of Care Management Services.

The Chronicle revealed former church elder Norvil McClurg, 55, had been charged with fraud following a Northumbria Police investigation.

Health watchdogs and a panel involved in safeguarding young vulnerable adults have also been looking at reports of stress caused to people using the services.

The criminal charge against registered care manager Mr McClurg relates to alleged abuse of his position of trust involving one Northumberland student.

However, the Chronicle understands several welfare issues are now being examined by the health authorities.

A spokeswoman for Northumberland Care Trust said: "I can confirm an investigation is ongoing. However, we are unable to comment further until the outcome of this case."

Care Management Services was set up to give some independence for young disabled achievers, and Mr McClurg had access to funds.

He is charged with the misappropriation of more the pounds 13,500 under the Fraud Act 2006.

The alleged offence came to light after a client's family complained to the Northumberland Care Trust.

Officers from the Northumbria Police Economic Unit in Newcastle were alerted and carried out a six-month inquiry.

Mr McClurg, of Larchlea, Darras Hall, Ponteland, was charged on November 7. He has been bailed by Newcastle magistrates to re-appear in January.

Care Management Services was started by Mr McClurg's son, Gordon, who has Duchenne muscular dystrophy.

It set out to provide advice, support and care services to young disabled people wanting to live independently.

Gordon is not involved in any aspect of the criminal investigation. No other member of the McClurg family has been questioned, arrested or charged.

Norvil McClurg had worked with disabled young people in the Newcastle area, but the criminal charge does not relate to any Tyneside students. …

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