Jail for Redbourn carer who stole from elderly

A care worker has been jailed for five years and nine months after she stole thousands of pounds from elderly victims she befriended.

Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 2:55 pm
Updated Tuesday, 19th March 2019, 4:31 pm
Carolyn McClune

Carolyn McClune, 60, also known as Carolyn Bouvier, of Redbourn High Street, was found guilty of four counts of fraud, following an eight-week trial.

The court heard the main victim was a woman from St Albans.

Self-employed McClune, working under her company name of Blue Bell Care, became her sole carer in 2014.

Carolyn McClune

McClune made online transfers of more than £44,000 from the 85-year-old victim’s bank account into her own account, on the pretence it was payment for a new kitchen.

The kitchen actually only cost £9,000.

Overall McClune stole £88,613.32 from her.

Prior to this, the court heard how McClune left her job at a care agency in 2013 and moved in with an 82-year-old woman in Hatfield.

She became her live-in carer, and fraudulently withdrew £9,044.00 in cash from the woman’s bank account.

After this victim moved to a Hatfield care home in May 2016, McClune continued to withdraw more than £300 from the woman’s bank account for herself.

The third victim was a 69-year-old man from St Albans who was vulnerable and needed daily visits from a care agency. McClure stole thousands, including one £27,548.32 lump sum.

Judge Stephen Warner described McClune’s offences as “cynical,” “mean,” and motivated by greed.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Lee Hill said: “We don’t know what she did with the money as she does not have a lavish lifestyle but it’s possible she has invested it or passed it on to family or friends.”