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Trusted Alcester carer Beverley Broadway stole savings from 94-year-old Mary Williams after falling for dating website scammer

A CARE worker from Alcester who defrauded a 94-year-old woman of many thousands of pounds had done it to pay a man in Turkey she’d met on a dating website that she later discovered was a scam.

Beverley Broadway, aged 59, was given a suspended sentence of 12 months’ imprisonment at Warwick Crown Court this week and ordered to pay £4,000 in compensation to the estate of the elderly woman, Mary Williams, who died in January this year.

Sentencing Broadway the judge, Michael Fowler, told her: “Someone else was preying on you and you were preying on Mrs Williams.” He said: “Obviously it all added to the stress her family have had to cope with – dealing with this matter as well as dealing with the loss of his [her son’s] mother.”

Beverley Broadway. Image: Facebook
Beverley Broadway. Image: Facebook

The judge added: “All of this arises from the fact that you took advantage of your position as a carer – borrowing money and then going on to steal it, knowing that some day Mrs Williams would discover it and you would have to deal with it.”

Elizabeth Power, prosecuting, told the court that Broadway faced one charge of fraud, by abuse of position, committed between 14th October 2020 and 5th November 2020. She said Broadway was of previous good character.

Ms Power said that during the period of offending Mrs Williams (who was known as Barbara) was living in a flat in Alcester where she received visits from employees of Alcester Home Care, who provided services such as companionship, housekeeping and personal care.

Broadway was a carer, employed by Alcester Home Care, and would visit Mrs Williams twice a day. “There were other carers who would visit Mrs Williams, but it is fair to say that she was particularly fond of Beverley Broadway and made those feelings known to the care provider,” said Ms Power. “This led to an increase in the frequency of Beverley Broadway’s visits.”

Ms Power said that Mrs Williams never provided a statement – in part because the Covid lockdown restricted the ability of the police to visit her – and so the main evidential narrative was provided by her son, Roger Williams.

“He spoke of how, in early November, he received a call from his mother as she had received a letter from her bank concerning the setting up of an online banking facility on her account,” said Ms Power. “She had expressed some confusion about this because, as far as she was aware, she had not set this up.”

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