Bartley Green care home manager stole £130,000 from nursing home and elderly resident

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While working as a manager at Oakview Care Home in Bartley Green, Tammy Foster stole £130,000, taking money from a vulnerable resident, inflating amounts owed to suppliers and paying herself additional wages

A manager at a care home in Birmingham plundered £130,000 from the home where she worked and from a vulnerable resident.

Tammy Foster stole the money over a four year period and could have endangered the business and threatened those living there.

Foster, 48, of Mill Lane, Oldbury, who had previously admitted three charges of fraud, was jailed for two years.

She began working for Oakview Care Home in Bartley Green, which provides nursing and residential care for elderly adults, including those with dementia, in 2010.

Foster held a high position of responsibility and was second only to the main manager.

The person she defrauded was an 81-year-old man who had been at the home since January 2019.

“He was a trusting gentleman who had limited awareness of his financial situation and had no immediate family.

“Despite this he was expected to manage his own finances and it became clear that Foster befriended him,” said Simon Phillips, prosecuting at Birmingham Crown Court.

He said that Foster took £7,100 from him which she claimed was to settle fees when in fact the fees were paid by the council.

She stole money from Oakview’s business account by over inflating amounts owed to suppliers transferring £116,000 to an account she controlled.

Some of the money was traced to three accounts in Mansfield where the defendant originated from.

Foster also paid herself additional wages, totalling just over £7,000, money that was paid into former employees accounts.

Matters came to light when one of the suppliers sent an email asking for £36,000 which was seen by a director of the business.

Immediately afterwards Foster went off sick and never returned to the home.

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