Dudley carer stole thousands to meet online friend
A carer has been jailed for stealing thousands from a vulnerable man to fund a trip to the United States to see someone she met online.
Sarah Grey was an assistant care co-ordinator for Dudley Council entrusted to help a 50-year-old man to manage his finances.
But she encouraged him to take out a loan and pocketed the money herself, said West Midlands Police.
Grey pleaded guilty to fraud and theft at Wolverhampton Crown Court.
The 44-year-old from from Lapwood Avenue, Kingswinford was jailed for 14 months.
The two fraud and one theft charges related to her stealing more than £7,000 between April 2014 and March 2015.
She was arrested in November 2015 after Dudley Council bosses became suspicious, said police.
She told officers she had built up debt when a relationship ended in 2010.
But detectives found Grey had spent over £3,500 to fly to the USA to see someone she had met online.