Lincolnshire social worker bought Sky TV, clothes and internet access with £ 9,500 stolen from man with dementia
A social worker in Mablethorpe bought Sky TV and clothes after he stole more than £ 9,000 from the bank accounts of two elderly customers.
Tessa Sikes, 30, of High Street, Mablethorpe, admitted two fraud allegations while working as a caregiver for the two vulnerable retirees.
Lincoln Crown Court has learned that between January 2019 and January 2020, Sikes took the bank cards of two of its customers and used them to purchase items, including clothing, a coffee machine, internet access and Sky TV.
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Hal Ewing, prosecuting, said one was an 83-year-old man with dementia whom she stole £ 9,500 and the other a 77-year-old housebound woman who lost more than £ 300.
Both were customers visited regularly by Sikes.
Mr Ewing said a number of fraudulent transactions were on the first victim’s bank statement and three were on the second victim’s account.
Sikes denied any fraudulent behavior during his first interview with police and claimed that a coffee machine purchased on the first victim’s bank card was a gift from a friend.
David Eager, mitigating, said Sikes worked as a caregiver to feed her two children and that she had previously been the victim of an abusive relationship that left her with little money.
Many items bought with the cards were sold to feed her children.
“She didn’t come to court in a Ferrari,” Eager added. “She loved being a caregiver.”
Mr Eager told the court that Sikes pleaded guilty when he first appeared in court.
“From the first moment she spoke to me, she was honest about her offense.
“She was honest with the probation service.”
Since the offender Sikes holds two jobs in a garage and a supermarket to help compensate his victims, Eager added.
On handing down the sentence, recorder Jennifer Jones told Sikes: “It’s a pretty remarkable breach of trust.”
“The victims here were particularly vulnerable.
But the Recorder said she took Sikes’ difficult personal situation and previous good character into account, which meant she could suspend her prison sentence.
Sikes was sentenced to 16 months in prison suspended for two years. She is also required to do 75 hours of unpaid community work and adhere to an electronically monitored curfew for six months.
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