Two care workers dismissed for theft

Two administrative staff members have been dismissed from a Wicklow home help service after it was discovered that they stole €128,000.

The allegations came to light after the then directors of Wicklow Community Services raised concerns after an external audit between 2010 and 2011.

An external HR consultant and a legal firm were then brought in and they verified these concerns.

The organisation, which provides services for some 300 people in Wicklow, gets €1 million a year from the HSE.

In a statement the HSE said they had fully supported the investigation and also said that they had given WCS an additional €60,000 in funding during 2012 to cover the costs during the 2011 investigation.

“On completion of the internal investigation, which upheld the allegations of misappropriation, two persons were dismissed as employees of WCS and a file was passed on to the gardaí with the full support of the HSE.”

The HSE has since recovered just over €82,000 from one of the persons involved.

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