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York care home worker jailed.

A former care worker who admitted stealing up to £12,000 from vulnerable care home residents was jailed.

Beth Wallace, 55, had pleaded guilty at York Crown Court to five counts of fraud by abuse of position in February 2018.

She committed the offences between July 2016 and February 2017 while working as a care supervisor at a residential home in Arbor Close, York.

Wallace, of Melton Road, Waltham on the Wolds, Leicestershire, was jailed for 12 months.

An earlier hearing heard that Mencap identified anomalies in the finances of several people it supports through its financial monitoring systems.

The charity then told the police and put in place additional safeguards to ensure their finances were adequately protected.

The charity said that all monies lost had been returned to the people it supports at the York service.

Regional operations manager at learning disability charity, Mencap, which runs the home, Steve Roberts, said the charity had put additional safeguards in place to protect residents' finances and all stolen monies had been returned.

He said: "We thoroughly condemn those who seek to abuse or exploit people with a learning disability."