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A caregiver has been sentenced to two years in jail after embezzling over £34,000 from a disabled pensioner, whom she was entrusted to care for.

Sofia Smith, 33, abused her position as the deputy manager at a social care company in Birmingham, using the victim’s account to secure three loans in 2019. The theft was uncovered when suspicions arose over Smith’s use of the pensioner’s bank card to purchase McDonald’s breakfasts for colleagues.

Smith’s fraudulent activities extended to wasteful spending on holidays, Armani clothing, Uber Eats, and fancy dress for a New Year’s Eve event. The victim, a 70-year-old woman with disabilities and learning difficulties, lived at the Lifeways supported accommodation center in College Road, Birmingham.

During the court proceedings at Birmingham Crown Court, Smith pleaded guilty to fraud by abuse of position and fraud by false representation. Judge Avik Mukherjee remarked on the excessive and extravagant nature of Smith’s actions, emphasizing the vulnerability of the victim.

Addressing Smith, Judge Mukherjee stated, “I am satisfied you targeted her due to her vulnerability and means.” He highlighted the extensive and detailed nature of the fraud, emphasizing that Smith’s misuse of the victim’s finances financed a lifestyle that included expenditures on Uber Eats, retail outlets, holidays, and entertainment.

Smith, residing in Streetly, West Midlands, was also found to have opened an account in the victim’s name and attempted to pay for a Haven Holidays vacation for four adults and children.

In her defense, Smith’s lawyer, Andrew Baker, mentioned her remorse and detailed a challenging personal history, having moved from one abusive relationship to another. Smith, a mother of a 13-year-old son with a 70-year-old mother in poor health, was sentenced for exploiting the vulnerable pensioner’s trust for personal gain.

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