A carer has been told she is very lucky not to be going to jail after stealing £3,694 from a 73-year-old pensioner who was trying to live an independent life in her own home.
Judge Michael Mettyear told Julie Santos, 54, she had disgracefully targeted a woman while working as part of a care team in Bridlington, stealing from her by using her bank card.
Santos, of Main Street, Carnaby, appeared at Hull Crown Court for sentence (January 19) after pleading guilty to two charges of fraud and six charges of theft. She had been given six months to save up for compensation.
Crown barrister Dale Brook said Santos used the widow’s bank cards to withdraw cash from June 2013 to February 2014 from her TSB and Post Office accounts.
“She was one of three carers working for a woman who did not have capacity to deal with her own finances and her mental state was poor,” said Mr Dale. “Initially Julie Santos asked to borrow money, which the woman agreed to, but there came a point where Julie Santos continued to borrow money she did not consent to. ”
Defence barrister Richard Thompson told the court she had saved up £1,000, but because her car had broken down had spent £800 on repairs in November and now only had £400 to offer her victim.
He said she lived with her partner and was recently made redundant.
Sentencing Judge Michael Mettyear told Santos: “This was disgraceful conduct. I understand you had problems and fell into temptation, but you chose as your victim a vulnerable lady who put her trust in you. It would be easy to lock you up, but this woman would not get her money back.
“I am anxious to get some of her money back in her pocket. You are very lucky not to be going to prison.” He ordered she should pay £2,000 in compensation and complete 240-hours of unpaid work.
Santos walked free with a nine-month suspended prison sentence to hang over her heads for two years.