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Lancing disabled woman 'appalled' after carer steals from her to buy iTunes vouchers

The Argus: Katy Montgomery, who has cerebal palsy, was left in shock after her carer stole from her Lancing home Katy Montgomery, who has cerebal palsy, was left in shock after her carer stole from her Lancing home

A severely disabled woman has told of her heartbreak after her carer stole from her.

Katy Montgomery, 34, spoke after Glenis Rhead, 40, appeared in court and admitted two counts of theft by employee.

Rhead was a carer for Miss Montgomery, of Lancing, when she withdrew £100 from her account on December 28, 2013.

She also took £100 from the vulnerable client so she could buy an iTunes voucher, Worthing Magistrates' Court was told on Tuesday.


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Rhead, who left her job at Worthing and Arun Caremark Team around four months ago, was spared jail.

Instead magistrates ordered her to take part in a four-week curfew.

She was told to remain in her home in Ruskin Road, Worthing, between 7pm and 7am. She was also ordered to pay Miss Montgomery £200 compensation, a £60 victim surcharge and £60 court costs.

Speaking after the case, Miss Montgomery said: “Glenis left me so she could go and steal from me.

“I have cerebral palsy and she was my PA, but she abused my trust.

“At first I didn't notice but then I saw it on my back account.

“I was really upset.”

She told how Rhead to steal money from a piggy bank-style box she had while she was in the shower, using it to buy the music voucher.

“It has really knocked me for six,” she said.

“How can people do that?

“I am very upset. I have lost my trust in people as a result of it.

“She was meant to care for me but went straight out my flat to the nearest bank and withdrew my money.

“I asked her to take £10 for food - she ended up taking £100 for herself.

“I am appalled.”

Worthing and Arun Caremark Team - who still had Rhead's details on their website yesterday - said they did not want to provide a statement.

Attempts were made to contact Rhead and she had not responded to requests for a comment.

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7:12am Fri 7 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Two issues here or possibly three. The first being that given the vulnerability of disabled individuals having to rely on carers, the relatively speaking rarity of this occuring is testament to the overall decency of carers as a whole.

The fact that Glenis Rhead abused her position of trust to purchase ITunes vouchers is neither here nor there really. It is the abuse of trust in and of itself that is despicable.

As for the sentence, I can only assume that Rheads' home situation is such that sentencing her to anything other then a curfew would possible mean that children would have to go into temporary care or something similar.
Two issues here or possibly three. The first being that given the vulnerability of disabled individuals having to rely on carers, the relatively speaking rarity of this occuring is testament to the overall decency of carers as a whole. The fact that Glenis Rhead abused her position of trust to purchase ITunes vouchers is neither here nor there really. It is the abuse of trust in and of itself that is despicable. As for the sentence, I can only assume that Rheads' home situation is such that sentencing her to anything other then a curfew would possible mean that children would have to go into temporary care or something similar. mimseycal
  • Score: 10

8:44am Fri 7 Mar 14

sussexanarchist says...

"She told how Rhead to steal money from a piggy bank-style box she had while she was in the shower, using it to buy the music voucher."

“She was meant to care for me but went straight out my flat to the nearest bank and withdrew my money. "

Which one? Piggy bank or real bank?
"She told how Rhead to steal money from a piggy bank-style box she had while she was in the shower, using it to buy the music voucher." “She was meant to care for me but went straight out my flat to the nearest bank and withdrew my money. " Which one? Piggy bank or real bank? sussexanarchist
  • Score: -8

9:04am Fri 7 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

I think that a total £200.- was stolen with one lot being taken from a piggy bank in the house and another during a transaction at the cashpoint/bank ...
I think that a total £200.- was stolen with one lot being taken from a piggy bank in the house and another during a transaction at the cashpoint/bank ... mimseycal
  • Score: 9

4:40pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Imbecile says...

Wow. A four week curfew. That'll teach her!
Wow. A four week curfew. That'll teach her! Imbecile
  • Score: 1

7:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

HazeyJane says...

I doubt very much if the victim will see one penny of the compensation ordered to be paid to her.
I doubt very much if the victim will see one penny of the compensation ordered to be paid to her. HazeyJane
  • Score: 2

8:37pm Fri 7 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

HazeyJane wrote:
I doubt very much if the victim will see one penny of the compensation ordered to be paid to her.
Well, that figures ... I never got the compensation I was awarded.
[quote][p][bold]HazeyJane[/bold] wrote: I doubt very much if the victim will see one penny of the compensation ordered to be paid to her.[/p][/quote]Well, that figures ... I never got the compensation I was awarded. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

11:00pm Fri 7 Mar 14

Justice2 says...

It would be nice if Caremark would do something nice for Miss Montgomery, to make her feel better as it must have been a terrible ordeal for her and she must need people to be specially nice so that she can begin to trust again. I feel so sorry for her.
It would be nice if Caremark would do something nice for Miss Montgomery, to make her feel better as it must have been a terrible ordeal for her and she must need people to be specially nice so that she can begin to trust again. I feel so sorry for her. Justice2
  • Score: 2

8:09am Sun 9 Mar 14

Caremark (Worthing) says...

I would like to make it absolutely clear, despite the implications of this article, that Caremark have no connection between Miss Rhead nor the victim of this obscene crime. Miss Rhead had once worked for us as an apprentice Care Coordinator but was dismissed in July 2013 (nothing to do with theft), not four months ago as is stated in the article and many months before the crime itself. Furthermore we did issue a statement to that effect, however perhaps the journalist felt it more dramatic to state that we had declined to give a statement.
I would like to point out that some of our own customers have read this article; I am talking about elderly, frail and vulnerable people who rely on our carers for care, support and companionship, and this has caused enormous stress and anxiety to them as they are now questioning the integrity of the staff which Caremark send to their home on a daily basis!
Not to mention the harm this has done to our business. Let me ask you - having read this article would you feel comfortable sending Caremark into the home of your own mother or father?
What this journalist has done is totally irresponsible and they should be as ashamed of themselves as Miss Rhead!
I would like to make it absolutely clear, despite the implications of this article, that Caremark have no connection between Miss Rhead nor the victim of this obscene crime. Miss Rhead had once worked for us as an apprentice Care Coordinator but was dismissed in July 2013 (nothing to do with theft), not four months ago as is stated in the article and many months before the crime itself. Furthermore we did issue a statement to that effect, however perhaps the journalist felt it more dramatic to state that we had declined to give a statement. I would like to point out that some of our own customers have read this article; I am talking about elderly, frail and vulnerable people who rely on our carers for care, support and companionship, and this has caused enormous stress and anxiety to them as they are now questioning the integrity of the staff which Caremark send to their home on a daily basis! Not to mention the harm this has done to our business. Let me ask you - having read this article would you feel comfortable sending Caremark into the home of your own mother or father? What this journalist has done is totally irresponsible and they should be as ashamed of themselves as Miss Rhead! Caremark (Worthing)
  • Score: 0

9:11am Sun 9 Mar 14

mimseycal says...

Caremark (Worthing) wrote:
I would like to make it absolutely clear, despite the implications of this article, that Caremark have no connection between Miss Rhead nor the victim of this obscene crime. Miss Rhead had once worked for us as an apprentice Care Coordinator but was dismissed in July 2013 (nothing to do with theft), not four months ago as is stated in the article and many months before the crime itself. Furthermore we did issue a statement to that effect, however perhaps the journalist felt it more dramatic to state that we had declined to give a statement.
I would like to point out that some of our own customers have read this article; I am talking about elderly, frail and vulnerable people who rely on our carers for care, support and companionship, and this has caused enormous stress and anxiety to them as they are now questioning the integrity of the staff which Caremark send to their home on a daily basis!
Not to mention the harm this has done to our business. Let me ask you - having read this article would you feel comfortable sending Caremark into the home of your own mother or father?
What this journalist has done is totally irresponsible and they should be as ashamed of themselves as Miss Rhead!
While I would have had no problem with having a Caremark (Worthing) registered carer for either my elderly mother (were she still alive) or myself (as a severely disabled individual) on reading the article, I would however have severe reservations following the post above. Anything less professional is hard to imagine.
[quote][p][bold]Caremark (Worthing)[/bold] wrote: I would like to make it absolutely clear, despite the implications of this article, that Caremark have no connection between Miss Rhead nor the victim of this obscene crime. Miss Rhead had once worked for us as an apprentice Care Coordinator but was dismissed in July 2013 (nothing to do with theft), not four months ago as is stated in the article and many months before the crime itself. Furthermore we did issue a statement to that effect, however perhaps the journalist felt it more dramatic to state that we had declined to give a statement. I would like to point out that some of our own customers have read this article; I am talking about elderly, frail and vulnerable people who rely on our carers for care, support and companionship, and this has caused enormous stress and anxiety to them as they are now questioning the integrity of the staff which Caremark send to their home on a daily basis! Not to mention the harm this has done to our business. Let me ask you - having read this article would you feel comfortable sending Caremark into the home of your own mother or father? What this journalist has done is totally irresponsible and they should be as ashamed of themselves as Miss Rhead![/p][/quote]While I would have had no problem with having a Caremark (Worthing) registered carer for either my elderly mother (were she still alive) or myself (as a severely disabled individual) on reading the article, I would however have severe reservations following the post above. Anything less professional is hard to imagine. mimseycal
  • Score: 0

3:43pm Sun 9 Mar 14

Caremark (Worthing) says...

mimseycal wrote:
Caremark (Worthing) wrote:
I would like to make it absolutely clear, despite the implications of this article, that Caremark have no connection between Miss Rhead nor the victim of this obscene crime. Miss Rhead had once worked for us as an apprentice Care Coordinator but was dismissed in July 2013 (nothing to do with theft), not four months ago as is stated in the article and many months before the crime itself. Furthermore we did issue a statement to that effect, however perhaps the journalist felt it more dramatic to state that we had declined to give a statement.
I would like to point out that some of our own customers have read this article; I am talking about elderly, frail and vulnerable people who rely on our carers for care, support and companionship, and this has caused enormous stress and anxiety to them as they are now questioning the integrity of the staff which Caremark send to their home on a daily basis!
Not to mention the harm this has done to our business. Let me ask you - having read this article would you feel comfortable sending Caremark into the home of your own mother or father?
What this journalist has done is totally irresponsible and they should be as ashamed of themselves as Miss Rhead!
While I would have had no problem with having a Caremark (Worthing) registered carer for either my elderly mother (were she still alive) or myself (as a severely disabled individual) on reading the article, I would however have severe reservations following the post above. Anything less professional is hard to imagine.
Perhaps my final comment was uncalled for and I apologise. I'm just furious at the way that this story has been presented with respect to the distant connection to Miss Rhead, Caremark, and her recent actions. The result has been to cause unnecessary stress and anxiety to a number of people that Caremark support.
[quote][p][bold]mimseycal[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Caremark (Worthing)[/bold] wrote: I would like to make it absolutely clear, despite the implications of this article, that Caremark have no connection between Miss Rhead nor the victim of this obscene crime. Miss Rhead had once worked for us as an apprentice Care Coordinator but was dismissed in July 2013 (nothing to do with theft), not four months ago as is stated in the article and many months before the crime itself. Furthermore we did issue a statement to that effect, however perhaps the journalist felt it more dramatic to state that we had declined to give a statement. I would like to point out that some of our own customers have read this article; I am talking about elderly, frail and vulnerable people who rely on our carers for care, support and companionship, and this has caused enormous stress and anxiety to them as they are now questioning the integrity of the staff which Caremark send to their home on a daily basis! Not to mention the harm this has done to our business. Let me ask you - having read this article would you feel comfortable sending Caremark into the home of your own mother or father? What this journalist has done is totally irresponsible and they should be as ashamed of themselves as Miss Rhead![/p][/quote]While I would have had no problem with having a Caremark (Worthing) registered carer for either my elderly mother (were she still alive) or myself (as a severely disabled individual) on reading the article, I would however have severe reservations following the post above. Anything less professional is hard to imagine.[/p][/quote]Perhaps my final comment was uncalled for and I apologise. I'm just furious at the way that this story has been presented with respect to the distant connection to Miss Rhead, Caremark, and her recent actions. The result has been to cause unnecessary stress and anxiety to a number of people that Caremark support. Caremark (Worthing)
  • Score: 0

9:01am Fri 14 Mar 14

undiscl0sed says...

Shouldn't we get two versions of events before we Martyr someone?
Shouldn't we get two versions of events before we Martyr someone? undiscl0sed
  • Score: 0

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