Sale of motherÂ¹s home saves homecare worker from jail
A homecare worker who swindled two women she was caring for out of more than Â£14,000 was saved from jail after her mother sold her home to pay the money back. Gillian Wale, 41, employed by Devon Social Services had pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing before Exeter magistrates to stealing the cash from the two women with learning difficulties that she cared for. In addition to stealing cash she also forged credit card applications and ran up debts in their names. Prosecutor Ann Redrob said the women had no sense of the value of money. “Their financial affairs had to be managed by other people and that is what happened for some time without difficulty,” Ms Rob said. “But then came the time when the money was stolen from their accounts.” During the sentencing hearing at Exeter Crown Court in April, Recorder Mr Storey said he had been very impressed with WaleÂ¹s mother who had sold her cottage to repay the debts. Wale was ordered to undertake 100 hours community service.