Thief who targeted 94-year-old jailed after safeguarding action

Thief who targeted 94-year-old jailed after safeguarding action
6th December 2018 James Calnan

A woman has been jailed for stealing £68,000 from a 94-year-old after Greenfields staff spotted and raised safeguarding concerns.

Pauline Tagg, 67, befriended her vulnerable victim, took control of her bank accounts and intercepted her mail, allowing her to live a luxury lifestyle undetected.

She was spending so much that her victim, unusually for her, could not pay her rent, leading our finance team to investigate.

It was only when Tagg went on one of her holidays that her victim received her post, discovered direct debit cancellations and pulled the assistance cord in her Housing for Older People home.

A Greenfields manager visited and began to unravel Tagg’s actions.

Working closely with Essex Police and Essex County Council’s social services, staff across Greenfields ensured the resident received the care package and home help she needed while putting her finances back in order.

We took her to her bank to collect her statements, which revealed Tagg’s transactions and enabled the bank to refund some of the money she had spent. The team even took her out shopping, as she had not left her home in three years.

Last Friday, following a detailed investigation, Tagg was jailed for 28 months at Chelmsford Crown Court after admitting theft. We are seeking possession of her home, so it can be occupied by someone on the housing register.

You can read Essex Police’s statement on the case by clicking here.

If you have any concerns about the welfare of a Greenfields resident, please contact us and we will investigate. If you wish to remain anonymous, you can use our whistleblowing contact methods which can be found here: www.greenfieldsch.org.uk/about-us/whistleblowing