A CARE home finance manager who stole more than £330,000 meant for adults with learning disabilities to buy fur coats, jewellery, champagne and a cruise has been jailed for almost three years.
Jenny Glanister, 51, was jailed for 32 months at Northampton Crown Court yesterday after admitting abusing her job as finance manager of Oakfield Ltd, which runs care homes in Easton Maudit and Yardley Hastings, to fund a lavish lifestyle between 2007 and 2010.
Joan Bohl, whose daughter Alexa was at one of the homes, said: “She’s ghastly and what she has done defies description.
“My daughter is 32 but she has a mental age of 18 months. When her carer asked for some of her money to buy her a toothbrush Jenny Glanister said there was none available.
“In the meantime this creature was buying 15 furs and blowing £230,000 on the shopping channel.”
When police arrested Glanister, of Penfold Drive, Great Billing, they found racks of clothes, including 15 fur coats, piles of shoes, Tiffany and Co and Rocks and Co jewellery, and a garage full of wine and champagne.
Glanister had some of the 180 items she bought from the shopping channel, which included an £18,000 diamond pendant, addressed to “Lady Glanister”.
She also spent £3,400 on a P&O cruise and more than £2,000 on fuel for her own home and car.
Glanister admitted theft, obtaining money transfer by deception, false accounting and five counts of fraud.
Judge Michael Fowler said: “Although it’s charged as fraud it’s effectively theft.”
Glanister, who sobbed as she was sentenced, claimed she took the money because she felt undervalued in her job and in her private life.
Mr Fowler said: “It’s impossible to imagine that you were not aware throughout the process what you were doing and what the consequences would be.”
A senior carer who worked for Oakfield for 15 years until 2008 but asked not to be named, said: “We are gutted somebody in that position, a position of trust in charge of finances, would do something like that.