Mencap carer admits defrauding woman of £30,000

A MENTAL health carer has admitted defrauding more than £30,000 out of the vulnerable woman she was supposed to look after.

Denise Kiff pleaded guilty to 19 fraud charges at Oxford Crown Court yesterday.

The 40-year-old, of St Leonard’s Close, Banbury, will be sentenced at the court on Friday, December 14.

Kiff, who worked for Mencap, used Maureen Baker’s debit card to withdraw hundreds of pounds and take out a £5,000 loan in her name.

She originally faced 18 counts covering nearly £8,000. But last month the Crown Prosecution Service added an extra charge covering the withdrawal of a total of £22,130.79 from her victim’s account.

Last night the disability charity Mencap hit out at Kiff’s behaviour.

Emma Harrison, an assistant director at Mencap, said: “Mencap welcomes the fact that Denise Kiff has pleaded guilty to 19 charges of fraud.

“Her activities were identified by staff, and the charity originally informed the police.

“Following an investigation she was dismissed from Mencap’s employment on July 12, 2011 for gross misconduct, specifically financial abuse.”

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