A CARER conned £5,000 out of a 90-year-old dementia sufferer in Spalding after getting him to sign a blank cheque.
Lincoln Crown Court heard on Friday how Nicola Lamming (22), of Claudette Avenue in Spalding, told her victim William Evans, who is also partially sighted, that the cheque drawn on his own account was to pay for his food.
But instead Lamming made it out to herself and, after banking the money, frittered it away on clothes and food as well as helping a friend pay off a car loan. Laura Pitman, prosecuting, said the scam was discovered after a friend checked through the victim’s bank statements and questioned the £5,000 cheque payment.
Miss Pitman said that at the time of the offence Lamming was employed by Medico Home Care and was the main carer for Mr Evans at his address in Spalding.
She said: “Mr Evans is 90 years old. He suffers from dementia and is partially blind.
“He lives alone and has no family living locally and so he depends on the care he is provided with.”
Miss Pitman said Lamming initially attracted suspicion after Mr Evans was heard to say he needed to draw money from his bank account because Lamming was going on holiday and needed cash to take with her.
Lamming was questioned but denied anything was amiss.
She then left the company of her own accord and it was only then that the fraud was revealed.
Miss Pitman said “This was a woman in a high degree of trust. She was employed by a company with the responsibility to be the carer for a 90-year-old man who not only had dementia but was also partially sighted and she breached that trust.”
Lamming admitted fraud on March 17. She was given a ten-month jail sentence suspended for 18 months together with 180 hours of unpaid work and a three-month night-time curfew.
She was also ordered to pay £5,000 compensation to Mr Evans.
Her barrister Carlo Corroco said she was ashamed and embarrassed at what she had done.
He said Lamming had personal difficulties at the time but now recognises the severity of the impact the offence has had on Mr Evans.
He said: “She is so sorry for what she has done. She is willing to repay the money.”
Recorder Nigel Daly told Lamming: “Your victim was extremely vulnerable and you were in a position of trust.”