A 35-year-old woman from Stoke-on-Trent has been sentenced after pleading guilty to fraud by false representation.
Sarah Adnams, of Hampshire Crescent, Lightwood, appeared at North Staffordshire Justice Centre on December 2 and was sentenced to 24 weeks custody 12 months suspended, ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid work, pay £128 in surcharge, compensation of £74.97 and courts costs of £185.
On 24 February 2021, Adnams, who worked for a care agency, was providing domestic care for the victim at their address in Hanley.
While the victim went out of the room, Adnams obtained the victim’s bank account details and made an online purchase of hair extensions which cost £74.97. The purchase appeared on the victim’s card and was investigated.
Adnams was given a Conditional Caution on May 27 following her admission at a police interview, with three conditions as part of the caution.
– To repay the victim the amount of £74.97
– Pay a fine of £50
– Write and send a letter of apology to the victim.
All three conditions were required to have been met by September 17 which Adnams failed.
Jim Ward, Detective Constable at Staffordshire Police, said: “In this instance, Adnams defrauded a vulnerable individual out of money, taking advantage of their good nature and trust.
“The fact that Adnams made no attempt to pay the reparations she promised to make, totally undermines the initial remorse she expressed in her police interview.
“We are pleased with the court’s decision and hope that Adnams uses this time to contemplate her actions.”
If you think you or someone you know has been defrauded, you can report it to Action Fraud online or by calling 0300 123 2040