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Social Worker Cheat
June 28, 2011 permalink
British social worker Miriam Baksho Dhillon-Powell used a variation of the price-tag switch to cheat a store. When she returned an item for a refund, it had a new tag £15 higher than what she paid. Her misconduct was brought before a disciplinary committee. They decided this is just the kind of woman they want to snatch children from parents, and kept her on staff.
Birmingham social worker in costly conduct case for £15 high street rip-off
A SOCIAL worker for Birmingham City Council was hauled before a misconduct committee after receiving a police caution for conning a high street store out of £15.
In an action costing potentially thousands of pounds in legal fees, Miriam Baksho Dhillon-Powell was investigated by the conduct committee of the General Social Care Council (GSCC) after the 2009 incident in Birmingham’s TK Maxx store.
Returning a pair of boots to the shop, she placed a price tag on them costing £15 more than she’d paid, dishonestly obtaining a refund.
Dhillion-Powell, of Titford Road, Oldbury, was detained by store staff and later cautioned by police for making a false representation.
However despite admitting the offence to police and bosses at the council, her case was still referred to the GSCC which handed her a five year admonishment on her record after a two-day hearing.
The action has been described as “heavy-handed” and a waste of money at a time when social care departments are facing high case-loads and a lack of staff.
Emma Boon, campaigns director for the Tax Payers’ Alliance, said although checks had to be made to ensure social workers were not a danger, in this case common sense should have been applied.
She said: “This is an example of the cancerous bureaucracy we see across huge swaths of the public sector choking up the system.
“Of course we need protection to be in place and that’s really important but this is a step too far.
“This was only a caution for a minor offence for someone who hasn’t been in trouble before, it’s disproportionate, heavy handed and costly response.
“It beggars belief to take it to the level of bringing in lawyers.”
Although the exact cost of the hearing is unknown both the council and Dhillion-Powell were represented for the hearing before the conduct committee.
Admitting the misconduct, Dhillion-Powell apologised for her actions and was unable to explain what drove her to them.
Placing a mark on her record for five years, the committee reported although the fraud was for a modest amount of money the case was serious.
However it refrained from suspending Dhillion-Powell saying the incident was out of character.
She remained working as a social worker since the incident.
Source: Birmingham Mail