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Care home manager admits stealing from patients

2013-04-11 23:07:42

Geoffrey Mutenga

The deputy manager of a mental health care home has pleaded guilty to stealing money from patients.

Geoffrey Mutenga of Beaumaris Gardens, Upper Norwood, south London, changed his plea to guilty on the first day of his trial for theft at Croydon Crown Court.

Previously, Mutenga had rejected accusations that he stole two cheques worth £800 from one service user between September 2011 and January 2012.

Furthermore, he had denied stealing two cheques totalling £600 from another resident between August 2011 and December 2011.

Mutenga, 37, has been dismissed from his role at Care Home in Beulah Road, Thornton Heath.

The facility houses adults with learning disabilities, autism and mental health needs.

A spokesman for Care Management Group that runs the care home, said: "We never tolerate stealing and were appalled by this behaviour, which is out of step with everything we stand for.

"The moment we became aware of the issue, the individual in question was immediately suspended and the police informed.

"The individual has since been dismissed. We continue to work closely with all of those concerned, including the service users' families and the relevant authorities.

"We have fully reimbursed all the money and since the event, Beulah Road has strengthened its internal financial processes and robust systems are in place that safeguard both our service users and service users' money."

Mutenga will be sentenced at Croydon Crown Court on May 1.

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