Search

JAILED: Former Queen Mary’s Hospital nurse stole over £13,000 from elderly patients

PUBLISHED: 15:16 03 March 2017 | UPDATED: 15:26 03 March 2017

Queen Mary's Hospital, one of the locations Vitalis worked as a nurse

Queen Mary's Hospital, one of the locations Vitalis worked as a nurse

Archant

She spent the money on clothes and gambling

Queen Elizabeth hospital, where Vitalis also workedQueen Elizabeth hospital, where Vitalis also worked

An Erith nurse who robbed elderly patients of their money, spending it on clothes and online gambling, has been jailed.

Sharon Vitalis took more than £13,000 from eight elderly patients in her care.

The fraud was also working at Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Woolwich, Sidcup Nursing Home and Time Court Nursing Home in Charlton.

Concerns were first raised over the 44-year-old when relatives of a temporary resident at the Charlton care home got in touch with Greenwich council.

The relatives told the council’s anti-fraud team that more than £600 had been taken from their elderly mother’s bank account.

Investigators from the council discovered £630.95 worth of transactions which had not been made by the victim.

Seven debit card payments worth a total of £490 were made to an online betting company - with any winnings from the bets going straight into a bank account held by Vitalis.

The rest of the money was spent on clothes purchased online - but enquiries discovered none of the items were ever collected.

Bank statements of the Kale Road, Erith resident raised concerns over several cheque payments made into her account.

It was discovered that the fraud had been ripping pages out of elderly resident’s cheque books, pocketing up to £2,500.

Most of Vitalis’ elderly residents have since passed away.

Vitalis was eventually charged with 14 counts of fraud totalling £13,052.88. and was sentenced to 28 months in prison on March 1.

“This is a despicable crime and one wouldn’t expect anyone, let alone a qualified nurse and carer to steal from the elderly in this way,” said Greenwich councillor Maureen O’Mara.

“Her actions are unbelievable and I can only hope that the victims and their family seek some assurance that Ms Vitalis is now behind bars.

“Praise has to go to the concerned family that reported this matter to us and to our Internal Audit and Anti-Fraud team who went way and beyond to bring Ms Vitalis to justice when others seemed content to let the thefts go unchallenged.”

Latest Bexley news

Friday, June 23, 2017

If you are looking to build a business, plan your work around your family life and help people to slim and lead healthier lifestyles, then why not consider becoming a weightloss consultant.

Friday, June 23, 2017

The statement comes in the mayor’s draft transport strategy

Friday, June 23, 2017

The closure is for Network Rail improvement work

Most read news

Competitions

Having a brand new kitchen is something that lots of people want but can only dream of. Sadly keeping up to date and making our living spaces as nice as they can be is a costly and incredibly stressful business. Even a fresh coat of paint makes all the difference but isn’t easy or quick.

Who wouldn’t love the chance to go on a shopping spree. Imagine being able to walk into a shop and choose whatever your heart desires without having to worry about how much it costs.

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Bexley Times e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up

Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter
HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Family Notices 24

Local business directory

Our trusted business finder