Care home boss ‘breached’ residents’ trust

Evelyn Moyes has been dismissed as manager of Hawick’s Buccleuch Care Centre, after stealing money from vulnerable patients in her previous care home, and leaving a series of IOUs.

The 56-year-old claimed she took £600 in cash from the personal property of residents at Kippen Nursing Home in Dunning, where she was manager, because she planned to use it to stage social events for them. But Perth Sheriff Court was told that she never paid back the victims, and instead left notes behind. The court heard the money had now been paid back.

Moyes pled guilty on December 10 to embezzling £600 between September 1, 2011 and September 30, 2012. In her sentencing, the judge ordered her
to carry out 120 hours’ unpaid work.

Fiscal depute Jim Eodanable said: “The accused was in a position of trust at a privately-run care home. She moved to another care home and it came to light there were IOUs to six residents. Management repeatedly contacted her to say the IOUs were outstanding and should be repaid. The care home had no option but to involve the Care Inspectorate.”

Solicitor David Duncan, defending, said the management company moved her to a different home in Hawick, but maintained her employment despite being aware she had taken residents’ cash. “She was moved employment before she resolved this issue,” he said. “When she was moved to Hawick she was struggling with the workload she had. She was struggling to cope with her affairs. When she discussed this with her employer they indicated they would be supportive of her, but in fact she was suspended on December 19 and ultimately terminated on January 9 this year. She has finally lost her employment as a consequence of this. The whole situation is aggravated by the position she is in and the potential vulnerability of residents. Had she been able to make good the IOUs she wouldn’t be here today.”

Sheriff Fiona Tait said: “The matter came to light through the paperwork you left in relation to the sums taken. It was a breach of trust in the course of your employment.” The care home’s website promises its residents “a safe and secure environment”.