‘I feel terrible someone can do this to me’

Blackpool Magistrates' Court
Blackpool Magistrates' Court
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A callous carer systematically rifled the savings of a double amputee she was supposed to be looking after.

Samantha Harvey, 34, decided to clear her own debts by stealing from the 62-year-old’s Halifax bank account.

Harvey, of Palatine Road, Blackpool, began what a court was told was a “most serious breach of trust” after she took her victim on a shopping trip.

He gave her his bank card and PIN number and asked her to withdraw him £300 spending money.

But Harvey secretly retained the card after pretending to put it back in his wallet and remembered the PIN number.

In the space of 17 days she removed £2,750 from his account twice taking amounts as large as £500.

Harvey admitted theft when she appeared before District Judge Jeff Brailsford sitting at Blackpool Magistrates Court (pictured above right).

The judge told her: “I understand you have had your job terminated.

“This sort of crime falls outside my sentencing remit and must go to Crown Court.

“Reports will be prepared on you to help the judge there.”

Alison Quanbrough, prosecuting, said Harvey’s victim noticed his card was missing when he wanted to change a standing order.

He was given statements which revealed cash withdrawals he had never made or had given permission for.

He told police he thought his card was in his wallet which kept locked in a drawer and kept the key on a chain round his neck.

Because of his disability, he is a resident of the Amber Banks care home in Clifton Drive, South Shore.

The prosecutor said: “He remembered the only time he had given permission for the card to be used was when he was taken out by his carer Sam Harvey.

“He told the police ‘I feel terrible that someone can do this to me. I am very, very upset’.”

Harvey was arrested and initially denied any wrongdoing before admitting what she had done when confronted by CCTV evidence.

Her lawyer Peter Manning said: “I accept there has been a high degree of breach of trust.”

Harvey was bailed to appear at the higher court.