A care worker for vulnerable adults stole £1,200 of their cash - then left them an IOU note
A care home manager left an IOU note after taking over £1,200 of resident’s money for his own use, it has emerged.
Darren Alan Black, who was in charge of a home for vulnerable adults, was dismissed in July last year after he admitted taking £1,265 collected from residents for utility bills.
The full story has only just come to light as Black was admonished at a disciplinary hearing of the Northern Ireland Social Care Council last month.
At the hearing, it was revealed that Black, who worked for care providers Threshold Services for 20 years, had been siphoning off money due to the firm for over a year.
Sunday Life can also reveal that just two months before he confessed, the home’s finances were deemed “compliant” as part of an overall inspection by the industry regulator.
Black was in charge of Glencarn House in Glengormley, near Belfast, which provides support to people with “severe and enduring” mental health difficulties.
Every week, £15 is collected from each resident to help pay for utility bills and as manager of the home Black was responsible for lodging this money into Threshold’s bank account.
However, Black had been pocketing money totalling £1,265 for his own use.
Black confessed to the theft hours before he was due to undertake an agreed supervision meeting with his line manager on July 17 last year.
Just before the meeting he went to Threshold’s head office and admitted to “borrowing” money from the company and he had come to “put his hands up”.
Following his confession, Black’s line manager informed the police before going to Glencarn House to examine the financial records and found an IOU (I owe you) note signed by Black and dated to July 17, 2014.
Black was dismissed from his post, which he had held since 2011, after an internal disciplinary hearing on July 23, 2014 and paid back the missing money.
Black’s line manager told the disciplinary hearing that his actions had left residents at the home “shocked” and that he had been a “role model” to other members of staff who felt let down.
She added that the integrity of the organisation as a whole had suffered because of what he had done.
Just two months before Black’s actions were revealed, in May 2014, the Regulation and Quality Improvement Authority (RQIA) carried out an inspection of Glencarn House.
As part of the report they deemed the arrangements for receiving and spending service users’ money on their behalf were “moving towards compliant”.