Hunstanton woman stole £80k from elderly relative

Hunstanton woman stole £80k from elderly relative

Published by KLFM
1:05pm 10th June 2020.

A woman from Hunstanton who stole approximately £80,000 from a vulnerable elderly relative has been sentenced to two years in prison.

Karen Wakeling, who's 47, and from Northgate Precinct,  admitted stealing a large quantity of money from the victim after continually accessing her bank account, between 2009 and 2018.

Police launched an investigation after concerns were raised by Norfolk Social Services in 2018. 

Wakeling appeared for sentencing at Norwich Crown Court yesterday (Tuesday 9 June 2020) after pleading guilty to fraud by abuse of position at an earlier hearing. 

Detective Constable Gemma Weeks from Norfolk Constabulary's Adult Abuse Investigation Unit (AAIU) said: 

"Wakeling abused the vulnerability of this elderly woman for her personal gain and to fund her own lifestyle.
 
"The money was used to fund holidays and to run her luxury vehicle as well as to finance personal expenditure including piercings and lingerie. 
 
"Wakeling left this vulnerable elderly lady living in less than ideal living conditions with no access to her own finances for over ten years."

The AAIU was set up in 2001 and was the first of its kind in the UK. The team investigates allegations of abuse against vulnerable adults. The abuse can be physical, financial, sexual or even emotional. The unit works closely with local partner agencies such as social services and health providers to investigate offences and safeguard adults from abuse.