A carer who stole £30,000 from a susceptible pensioner by pawning her jewelry and utilizing her bank card to buy from Ann Summers has been jailed for 3 years.
Rebecca Robinson, 35, turned to scamming retired accountant Margaret Peel, who died aged 79, for 14 months whereas the pensioner was in her care.
The mother-of-four from Clitheroe, Lancashire had racked up a debt from a web based playing dependancy after she began working for Mrs Peel in 2012.
Robinson determined to raid Mrs Peel’s credit score and debit playing cards between 2016 and 2018, organising accounts with Very and Marks and Spencer.
Rebecca Robinson (pictured) turned to scamming retired accountant Margaret Peel, who died aged 79, for 14 months whereas the pensioner was in her care
She plunged the 79-year-old, who described Robinson as her ‘greatest pal’ earlier than she died months after she discovered of her crime, into money owed of £7,500 and £13,000.
The fraudster then pawned greater than £12,000 of Mrs Peel’s sentimental jewelry, which had been handed down from her mom.
By 2018 the state of affairs was so dire that Robinson, who had taken out round £10,000 in money withdrawals, intercepted Mrs Peel’s mail to cowl her tracks.
Her crimes have been uncovered by police in September 2018, when officers acquired a name from Marks and Spencer’s finance division.
Elevating considerations about Mrs Peel’s account, police visited Robinson in Clitheroe. She later admitted to taking her affected person’s cash and jewelry.
Nevertheless, Mrs Peel, who was so outdated that she couldn’t get off the bed, was admitted into hospital in January 2019 and died one month later.
Sentencing, Recorder Tim Harrington condemned Robinson, claiming that Mrs Peel ‘would have spent the final months of her life realizing she had been betrayed by you – somebody she regarded as a pal who she relied on’.
Preston Crown Court docket heard how the pensioner’s well being and well-being ‘dramatically went downhill from receiving this info’, her son Tony mentioned.
Mr Peel, 51, informed the court docket how he had seemed over lots of of his mom’s financial institution and bank card statements from this era.
He claimed that Robinson had spent the cash on a black basque from Ann Summers, an Amazon Echo, garments, designer purses, and journey.
Robinson, who was incomes £500-a-month and receiving little one tax credit, additionally purchased a washer, fridge, and carpets.
The mother-of-four from Clitheroe, Lancashire had racked up a debt from a web based playing dependancy after she began working for Mrs Peel in 2012. Robinson had determined to raid Mrs Peel’s credit score and debit playing cards in 2016, organising accounts with Very and Marks and Spencer
Mr Peel mentioned: ‘Mum was really traumatised to search out the lack of her jewelry, which was her moms and had nice sentimental worth.’
Robinson pleaded responsible to fraud by abuse of place, theft by worker and fraud by false illustration at Preston Crown Court docket.
Recorder Harrington mentioned: ‘Over a interval of 14 months between 2016 and 2018 you stole about £30,000 fraudulently, utilizing Margaret Peel’s financial institution accounts and bank cards while you have been purported to be taking care of her, and also you took jewelry from her that you should have recognized was of nice sentimental worth.
‘It’s only by excellent fortune that many of the jewelry has been returned and one can solely think about the angst it could have prompted her, and certainly her household.’
He went on: ‘She would have spent the final months of her life realizing she had been betrayed by you – somebody she regarded as a pal who she relied on.
‘Mrs Peel was very susceptible due to her age and she or he was additionally infirm. That’s the reason you have been there to take care of her.’
David Farley, defending, mentioned: ‘She did not got down to rip-off Mrs Peel. She very a lot favored her. They have been greatest buddies. The dependancy overtook.
‘There was a sequence of dangerous issues happening and a small win would make her really feel higher. It was like an antidepressant and she or he used that to manage.
‘Dependancy makes you egocentric and it makes you blinkered. That is what occurred right here.’
The court docket heard many of the jewelry has since been recovered from the pawnbrokers and NatWest has reimbursed the total sum to the household.