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23 October 2016, 08:16 | Updated: 23 October 2016, 08:19
A carer from Tunbridge Wells has been jailed for stealing £25,000 from vulnerable clients to fund his gambling addiction.
Mihai Robu took blank cheques from the bedrooms of two men, aged 89 and 92, that he was employed to look after and then wrote them out to himself.
Robu, 29, stole a total of more than £25,000 between 2015 and 2016.
He was arrested by Kent Police in April this year, after concerns were raised by relatives of the victims.
During police interviews Robu told officers he had a gambling addiction and stole the money to fund this habit.
When his mobile phone was examined it revealed photos of the stolen cheques along with images of his victims’ bank cards.
Robu had also used to phone to google advice on how to deposit cheques and then withdraw the cash.
Appearing at Maidstone Crown Court Robu pleaded guilty to two counts of theft and two counts of fraud by abuse of position. He was sentenced to 16 months in jail.
Detective Constable David Turner of Kent Police’s Public Protection Unit said: "Mihai Robu was employed to care for and look after elderly and vulnerable people, but he abused his position of trust in the worst possible way.
"He repeatedly stole from his victims, exploiting their age and vulnerability to deposit substantial sums of money in his own bank account.
"Robu has shown a considerable deal of remorse for his crimes during the investigation and subsequent court hearing. However this sentence sends a clear message that any abuse by people employed in a position of trust can expect to be dealt with severely by the courts.’