Croydon fraudster who preyed on the disabled people in her care has been jailed

A Croydon woman who preyed on the disabled has been jailed after defrauding two people in her care out of £20,000.

Tracey Sell, of Old Studio Close, in Selhurst, targeted the care home residents whose severe mental and physical disabilities made them unable to communicate.

The 52-year-old was supposed to care for the pair but betrayed their trust and made off with cash and bank cards in a “heinous” fraud.

Sell had started working at a care home for vulnerable adults in Whyteleafe in September 2013.

The home has not been named to protect the victims.

She admitted 12 counts of fraud and was sentenced to 27 months behind bars at Guildford Crown Court on Monday (June 19).

Investigating officer PC Hannah Andrews, from East Surrey CID, said: “What makes this crime more heinous is that Sell stole from two vulnerable people, who have severe mental and physical disabilities and are unable to communicate, whose care she was trusted with.

“Thanks to the diligence of another member of staff some serious anomalies were picked up and police were notified.

“Fortunately incidents of this kind are uncommon – I hope that the custodial sentence given to Sell acts as a deterrent to anyone considering preying on the vulnerable in such a cold and calculated manner and also illustrates the seriousness of these crimes.

“Similarly, I hope this reassures the public of our commitment to solving fraud cases. If you have your suspicions about anybody being involved in fraud either as a victim or offender please contact us, by calling 101.”


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