Victorian aged care worker pleads guilty to stealing $132K from resident

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A former employee at an aged care facility in Red Cliffs, around 13km south of Mildura, has pleaded guilty to stealing more than $132,000 from an elderly resident’s bank account.

Appearing before Victorian County Court, 52-year-old Kaylene Stanborough, admitted to withdrawing the funds from the account of 89-year-old resident Ethel Haines while she was an employee at Jacaranda Village aged care facility.

The Court heard that this had only been discovered after Mrs Haines had died, and the solicitor taking care of her funeral arrangements found she only had $9,000 to her name.

Mrs Haines had reportedly raised concerns about neighbours taking advantage of her when she moved into the facility in 2014. Ms Stanborough had agreed to take on joint power of attorney with Jacaranda’s then-chief executive.

Mrs Haines had stipulated the money be given to her sister in England, but between December 2015 and 2017 Stanborough reportedly took more than $100,000 from her account.

Stanborough is due to be sentenced on 18 November.