Sunday 4 December 2016

Care home manager stole €45,000

Declan Brennan

Published 27/10/2016 | 02:30

Maeve Bell (38), from Dundalk, Co Louth, who yesterday was jailed for 15 months. Photo: Collins
Maeve Bell (38), from Dundalk, Co Louth, who yesterday was jailed for 15 months. Photo: Collins

A former nursing home manager has been jailed for 15 months after she stole €45,000.

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Maeve Bell (38) was the clinical manager at Elmhurst nursing home in Glasnevin, Dublin, when she began siphoning off money from the "comfort account" of a resident.

Judge Martin Nolan said he was surprised to hear the nursing home has not compensated the resident.

He asked the gardaí to consider bringing the matter to the Ombudsman.

Highfield Healthcare, which runs Elmhurst, has in place a system of comfort accounts to pay for the residents' upkeep and needs. Bell stole the money by making withdrawal requests on behalf of the resident.

Bell, formerly of Inniskeen, Co Monaghan, and with an address at Shanmullagh, Hackballscross, Dundalk, Co Louth, pleaded guilty to 15 counts of stealing money between July 2013 and October 2014.

A statement from Highfield Healthcare said it had "worked closely and transparently with An Garda Síochána to support its resident in relation to today's criminal case.

"Highfield Healthcare had to await the decision of the Criminal Court so that it could ascertain the level of monies stolen. Highfield Healthcare will now immediately pay its resident these monies."

Irish Independent

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