Jail for care home worker who stole thousands from residents to fuel cocaine habit

A callous thief who stole almost £36,000 from vulnerable residents at the care home where she worked in order to fuel her drug use has been jailed.

Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 4:34 pm
Updated Tuesday, 18th February 2020, 11:12 pm
Danielle Poulter

Danielle Poulter, 33, was a trusted care worker and began working in the home in 2017.

However, between December that year and January 2019, she systematically stole money from four residents.

The mother-of-two was using the money to fund her cocaine habit.

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In 2018, Durham Constabulary officers were alerted to concerns at the Chester-le-Street care home, where residents’ cards were suspected of being used unlawfully to withdraw cash.

A full investigation was launched by detectives and the entire extent of Poulter’s stealing was finally established.

Poulter, of Edward Road, Birtley, admitted her criminal behaviour when she pleaded guilty to four charges of theft.

She was sentenced to two years and four months in prison at Durham Crown Court on Friday, February 14.