THE ex-financial manager of a care home for people with learning disabilities and mental health problems abused her position to steal £300,000 then cooked the books to cover her tracks.
Jenny Glanister, aged 51, was warned to prepare herself for prison after she admitted thefts and frauds committed over a six-year period.
At Northampton Crown Court yesterday, she admitted a campaign of dishonesty committed while employed at Oakfield care home in Easton Maudit, near Bozeat. She pleaded guilty to stealing money almost from the moment when she started work at the home.
John Lloyd-Jones, prosecuting, said: “This defendant was employed as a financial manager for the Oakfield company which run two care homes in this county. She was employed from December 2004 to November 2010. During that time, she abused her access not only to the company cheque book, petty cash, the income of residents and other financial records to steal somewhere in the region of £300,000.”
Glanister, of Penfold Drive, Great Billing, used her position not only to steal but also cover up her crimes. As well as invoicing her employers for her personal oil heating bills, she stole from residents’ funds, cashed company cheques for herself but also paid herself fictional overtime.
Magistrates in Northampton, who declined jurisdiction in November, heard she spent the money to fund cruises, fuel her car and pay her heating oil bills, stole petty cash, claimed pay for extra hours she had not worked and falsified expenditure spreadsheets.
Kim Dalton, prosecuting in November, said: “This case involves a deliberate targeting of a large number of vulnerable victims.”
Glanister, who hid her face from cameras as she arrived at court, pleaded guilty to each of the eight charges she faced including frauds, thefts, obtaining a money transfer by deception and false accounting. The thefts began in December 2004, soon after she started work, up to December 2010.
She has been ordered to surrender her passport and is banned from applying for another and must report to police in Northampton once a week.
Judge David Tomlinson said: “You can have bail as before but you must not read anything into that because these are obviously serious matters.”
A spokesman for Oakfield said: “A number of financial irregularities were discovered at Oakfield at the end of 2010, which were immediately reported to the police. Following the guilty pleas, confiscation proceedings were instigated which we trust will ultimately lead to Oakfield being compensated and towards this end, Glanister must make a full disclosure of all her assets by April 10. The appropriate safeguarding authorities have been notified and kept informed of developments and they continue to be satisfied with the management and conduct of the home.”