Carer jailed for using elderly Peterborough woman's money for holiday to Dubai

A carer took advantage of a vulnerable Peterborough woman aged in her 80s by using her money to buy flights and a holiday to Dubai.

Tuesday, 25th April 2017, 4:16 pm
Updated Tuesday, 9th May 2017, 6:43 pm
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Rutendo Hapaguti, (28), started looking after the victim at her home in Raventhorpe, Peterborough, in January this year as a stand-in for her regular carer.

Hapaguti noted down her card details and during February and last month spent just over £3,400 on flights to Zimbabwe and Zambia, money transfers abroad, a flight and visa for a friend and the holiday to Dubai.

She was arrested on April 1 after the victim’s regular carer became suspicious and her grand-daughter contacted police.

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Hapaguti, of Priestley Road, Stevenage, pleaded guilty to fraud by false representation and was jailed for 26 weeks at Huntingdon Magistrates’ Court

DC Pippa Burns, who investigated, said: “Hapaguti found herself in a position to take advantage of this vulnerable lady and did so on multiple occasions while the regular carer was on leave.

“It is a gross breach of a position of trust, which is reflected in the prison sentence.”