A team leader has stolen more than £5,000 from two residents of a care home for adults with learning disabilities.
Rachael Shackleton, 36, was sentenced last month to 40 weeks in prison, suspended for two years, after finally admitting her fraudulent actions against vulnerable people.
Shackleton, of Mill Croft, Cowling, was a team leader at Rix House Care Home in Arncliffe Road, Keighley, when she robbed two people of thousands of pounds over a two-year period.
After denying the offenses last June, she finally pleaded guilty in January and on February 3, Kirklees Magistrates’ Court was given a suspended sentence, community service and ordered to pay a compensation to its victims.
Between January 2016 and September 2018, when she was a shift leader at the retirement home, she had to protect the financial interests of the residents of the home, but instead she abused that position to dishonestly take 4 £305.23 to a resident.
She did the same to another resident between October 2016 and August 2017, defrauding that person of £763.23.
Magistrates, when sentencing Shackleton, said they were “serious offences” and that the detention threshold had been crossed “due to an abuse of a position of trust involving vulnerable people”.
However, the jail sentence was suspended as the court heard Shackleton was of good character, had two young children, was in an ‘abusive relationship’ at the time of his offense and his previous work was ‘unblemished’ .
She was ordered to pay compensation of £3,291.78 to her first victim and just £36.15 to her second victim.
She also received a two-year community order, required to complete 150 hours of unpaid work and complete 20 days of rehabilitative activity requirement.
Turning Point, which runs Rix House Care Home, said it took immediate action when it found financial irregularities, but refrained from apologizing to Shackleton’s victims.
The residential home can accommodate up to 20 adults with learning disabilities who require nursing or personal care.
Davinder Jhuty, National Service Manager for Learning Disabilities at Turning Point, said: “When we became aware of financial irregularities, we immediately took action in accordance with our internal processes to protect the people we support and our colleagues.
“We alerted the police and worked closely with all parties, including the family. High standards of care are extremely important to us. Rachael Shackleton no longer works for Turning Point.