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Ipswich woman Sinead Burnett who spent thousands of pounds using care home residents' bank cards handed suspended jail sentence



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An Ipswich woman who used care home residents' bank cards to spend thousands of pounds has avoided jail.

Sinead Burnett, 29, of Morland Road, admitted three counts of fraud relating to offences at an Ipswich care home where she worked.

Burnett was charged with and she pleaded guilty to one count of fraud at Ipswich Magistrates Court on Tuesday.

An Ipswich woman who used care home residents' bank cards to spend thousands of pounds has avoided jail after appearing at Ipswich Magistrates' Court. Picture by Mark Westley
An Ipswich woman who used care home residents' bank cards to spend thousands of pounds has avoided jail after appearing at Ipswich Magistrates' Court. Picture by Mark Westley

It related to an offence at the care home between December 25, 2020 and February 19, 2021 during which time she committed fraud as she dishonestly made a false representation by using bank cards to spend a total of £1,741.65.

After engaging with officers from the police's Operation Converter team, Burnett admitted a further two offences that took place in early 2021 at the same care home where she fraudulently obtained around £1,700.

Burnett was sentenced to six months in prison, suspended for 12 months.

She was also ordered to complete a 20-day rehabilitation activity requirement and told she must pay compensation of £4,104.31 and £145 in costs.

Duncan Etchells from the Operation Converter team said he hoped this case would be a deterrent to Burnett and others tempted to steal from those in their care.

“We were able to complete our work with Burnett after very lengthy, detailed financial investigations by the investigating officer which then allowed the team to obtained detailed admissions of her criminality," he said.

“We hope this punishment acts as a deterrent to her and other carers tempted to steal from people put in their care and I hope this gives at least some reassurance to the victims, their families and the wider community that Suffolk police will always use all investigative tactics to bring offenders such as Burnett to the courts.

"I’m also hopeful the sentence gives them closure to this sorry tale, where no-one wins.”

Operation Converter is an initiative aimed at encouraging offenders to admit their crimes.

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