Oct 27, 2020

Former aged care worker pleads guilty to stealing $132,000 from resident

When Ethel Haines moved into Jacaranda Village aged care home in the Victorian town of Red Cliffs, near Mildura in 2014, she expressed concerns about her neighbours taking advantage of her. As a result, then chief executive of Jacaranda Village, Sue Lynch and Kaylene Joy Stanborough, administrative assistant at the time, decided to take on joint power of attorney for Mrs Haines. In her will, it was stipulated that her money was to be given to her sister in England. 

However, when the 89 year old died, the solicitor in charge of her estate and funeral arrangements found that the older woman only had $9000 to her name. This discovery revealed that Stanborough, tasked with taking care of the older woman’s financial affairs, had been repeatedly taking money from her bank accounts, totalling more than $132,000 over 14 months. 

Between December 2015 and February 2017, the former care worker made numerous withdrawals from the older woman’s accounts, including 24 separate withdrawals in person with bank tellers, totalling $104,969. Thousands more dollars were withdrawn by Stanborough even after she left her position at Jacaranda Village in late 2016. 

Westpac has since reimbursed much of the money to the estate of Mrs Haines, while Stanborough was unable to pay compensation. 

Stanborough has pleaded guilty to obtaining a financial advantage by deception and obtaining property by deception. Some of the funds were funneled through the accounts of Stanborough’s “controlling” former partner David John Maynard, whose whereabouts are as yet unknown. 

Stanborough’s relationship with Maynard ended in late 2017, and he has been charged with six counts of dealing with property suspected of being proceeds of crime. 

Prosecutor Andrew Grant has requested jail time for Stanborough, saying that the theft took place over 14 months and demonstrated a betrayal of the trust placed in Stanborough by Mrs Haines. 

Defence council Jim McGarvie has however rebutted the request, saying that as there is compelling evidence that Stanborough was a victim of abuse at the hands of a “tyrannical relationship” with Mr Maynard, she should instead be placed on a corrections order instead. 

Mr McGarvie submitted evidence to the court that Stanborough had experienced severe trauma from her time as a victim of family violence, and has since been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, depression, anxiety and agoraphobia. 

He continued, claiming that during the time of the theft, Maynard had spent much of the money, with Stanborough keeping some in her account for living expenses. Since leaving Jacaranda Village almost four years ago, she has been unable to find work. 

Kaylene Joy Stanborough is due to be sentenced on November 18th. 

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

  1. I guess you can use DV as an excuse for anything, no matter who you hurt along the way. That seems to be what I am reading in the media lately anyway. Stealing from a vulnerable elderly person? Blame the DV! Robbing people at train stations for drug money? Blame the DV! Allowed your partner to murder your toddler? Blame the DV! There is a lot of help available to people trapped an a DV situation so this excuse is wearing very thin & should no longer be taken into consideration when sentencing decisions are being made.

Advertisement
Advertisement
Advertisement

How well do COVID vaccines work in the real world?

Many Australians will be weighing up whether to be vaccinated with the AstraZeneca vaccine, which is widely available, or to wait for Pfizer later in the year. Read More

Aged Care and Pain Medication: Addiction, Dependence and Tolerance

Pain is not a normal part of ageing, and yet many older people are living with pain because of conditions they have developed in their later years or overall frailty. In fact, various studies have estimated that between 45-80% of residents in aged care facilities have substantial pain that is undertreated. The most obvious method of pain... Read More

Nursing home sanctioned after failing all eight quality standards

  An aged care facility in Lake Macquarie, New South Wales, has been sanctioned until early April after failing all of the eight aged care quality standards. Not-for-profit provider South Cross Care’s Tenison Swansea Residential Aged Care has been sanctioned until 3 April 2020 for failing elements of all eight of the new person-centred quality... Read More
Advertisement