Carer caught on spy camera stealing cash from pensioners
A trusted carer was caught on SPY CAMERA stealing from an elderly couple she had cared for over two years.
After the couple’s two daughters became suspicious of Lisa Millard’s behaviour they set up a secret camera in a bedside table.
The camera caught sneaky Millard, 45, from Littleover, Derbyshire, taking tubes of £2 coins from her victims, aged 84 and 86, and replacing them with 2p coins.
She was jailed for 18 weeks art Southern Derbyshire Magistrates Court but only after she pleaded not guilty and forced the vulnerable 86-year-old to give evidence against her.
The 84-year-old woman had brain damage from a stroke but saw Millard as a trusted friend.
The victims’ two daughters said: “We were so adamant she was stealing from our parents that we set up the spy camera in the drawer of a bedside table to catch her in the act.”
“Our mother has been badly affected by what has happened to her and our father. She trusted this woman for two years and this is how she chose to repay that trust.”
Magistrates heard that Millard took £102 from plastic tubes in the drawer at the care home where they lived.
Footage captured her reaching inside the drawer and taking the tubes. It then showed the tubes being returned the following day filled with 2p coins instead of £2 coins.
Jailing Millard, Guy Wildgoose, chairman of the magistrates’ bench, said: “You have shown absolutely no remorse for your actions and you denied that you were responsible.
“This meant that an 86-year-old man had to come to court and give evidence against you.
“You also implicated other staff members at the care company you work for.”
Peter Bettany, prosecuting, told the hearing that the camera caught Millard taking the coins on May 26 last year.
He said: “The matter was brought to the attention of the police by the daughters of the couple who noticed that things were going missing from their parents’ home.
“The spy camera recorded a white hand with a ring reach in, take them, then continued to show this defendant going back into the drawer and replacing the cases, but this time there were 2p coins in them.”
Mr Bettany said Millard was in debt and had some “outstanding credit with an ex-partner”.
Harry Lally, for Millard, said his client was of previous good character and had lost her job with Sterling Homecare, in Friary Street, Derby.
He said: “She is a single mother of a 13-year-old girl and cares for her parents who both have health problems.”
Max Wurr, a senior spokesman for Sterling Homecare, said it took the safety and security of the people that use its services “very seriously indeed”.
“Whilst we are appalled that one of our employees could have carried out this shameful crime against vulnerable people, we are also very pleased that justice has been done and that Ms Millard will no longer be a threat to those that had placed their trust in her.
“We have carried out an internal review and are satisfied that all the necessary vetting and checks, including a criminal records check, had been carried out in respect of the care worker and that we did everything we reasonably could have done to prevent this crime occurring.
“Nevertheless, we deeply regret the distress caused by Ms Millard’s crime.”