Carer jailed for stealing pensioner’s life savings

Karen Higgins.
Karen Higgins.
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A CARER who stole the life savings of a pensioner she was supposed to be looking after has been jailed for 16 months.

Karen Higgins took £31,000 from her 95-year-old victim after helping her at the elderly woman’s Heysham home.

Higgins, 53, of Oxcliffe Road, Heysham, stole the woman’s bank cards, issued cheques without her knowledge and forged signatures on Premium Bonds before cashing them in.

Appearing at Preston Crown Court today, she was jailed for 16 months having previously pleaded guilty to theft offences.

Speaking after the sentencing, Detective Constable Brian Shepherd, Lancaster CID, said: “Higgins was in a position of trust, not just because of her professional standing but also because she was regularly given access to her victim’s home and established a close relationship with her.

“Stealing money from this elderly lady abused that trust and was despicable.

“Lancashire Constabulary is committed to protecting those who are vulnerable.

“This sentence highlights the fact that both the police and the courts take this kind of offence seriously and that criminals who target the elderly can expect to be caught and put behind bars.”