Grandmother robbed of almost $8000 by her carer

ANGRY: Sara Laycock and Jade Wellings want to warn others after a woman who was hired as a carer took advantage of their grandmother.
ANGRY: Sara Laycock and Jade Wellings want to warn others after a woman who was hired as a carer took advantage of their grandmother. Alistair Brightman

AFTER her elderly grandmother was robbed of almost $8000 by a carer, Sara Laycock vowed to save others from the same fate.

Ms Laycock hired Kristen Marie Dinan, 33, to clean and make meals for her grandparents at their Maryborough home.

Wanting to choose the right person, Ms Laycock called Dinan's references and ensured she had a blue card.

"She had previously worked in aged care and child care," Ms Laycock said.

Then in January, her 76-year-old grandmother's key card went missing.

Thinking nothing of it, the family requested another card for her from the bank, but a few weeks later the second card also went missing.

Soon after Ms Laycock's grandmother noticed some unusual transactions on her bank statement.

She told her granddaughter that her balance had dropped and she couldn't have made the transactions listed as she never used ATMs.

Ms Laycock took her grandmother into her bank and lodged a fraud complaint before contacting the police. Footage soon revealed that Dinan had been using the cards to withdraw money from the elderly woman's account - $7900 in total.

"I am disgusted that anyone could do this sort of thing," Ms Laycock said.

"She was trusted in their home.

"My Nan has early onset Alzheimer's and this woman took complete advantage of this."

Dinan faced Maryborough Magistrates Court charged with 10 counts of stealing in May.

Appearing before Magistrate Neil Lavaring, the Howard woman was placed on two years' probation and ordered to repay the money she had stolen.

But no convictions were recorded because Dinan was employed full-time in childcare and to do so might make it hard for her to find or keep her employment, according to court transcripts.

Duty lawyer Natasha Schumacher told the court that Dinan had three children and was separating from her partner when the offending happened.

She said her client had previously suffered from drug addiction and had attended Bridges Rehabilitation.

Attempts were made to contact Dinan for comment, but the Chronicle was unable to reach her before going to press.

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