CASE STUDY

A care home assistant was charged with theft of some residents’ pocket money from wallets in the home safe, of which the assistant was a key holder.
Criminal

A care home assistant was charged with theft of some residents’ pocket money from wallets in the home safe, of which the assistant was a key holder. The home was part of a sizeable chain of homes and periodic visits were made during the year by internal audit teams who undertook partial or full pocket money checks. A full check in October revealed a shortfall whereas the previous partial check in July did not raise any concerns. The previous full check had been in February which was also satisfactory. The care home assistant was charged was theft between July and October and the NIFA expert was appointed by the defence to consider the evidence. Able to prove that the theft could have taken place anytime after the February check, as the records of the July check were incomplete with regard to the wallets checked at that time. Accordingly, prosecution unable to prove alleged theft took place between July and October.

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