A CARER could be locked up after a court was told that she stole thousands of pounds from a disabled South Normanton pensioner.
Chesterfield magistrates were told on Monday that the victim (84) had hearing and mobility problems and used a wheelchair.
Kimberly Stringer had been cooking and cleaning for him from last November and he entrusted her to withdraw cash from his Post Office account and pay bills.
Helen Griffiths, prosecuting, said a spot-check by staff revealed money had gone missing from the account and Stringer (24) had no receipts to back up the withdrawals.
“She had admitted to another member of staff that she had taken money from (the pensioner’s) account - she mentioned about £3,000 - and she was advised to tell her employer, which she did.
“He said he had given her his pin number and he had sometimes offered her money for helping him but she had declined,” said Mrs Griffiths.
Stringer was arrested and told police she stole his cash because she was struggling for money following the end of a relationship.
“She said she used it for household bills and treats for herself. It is estimated she took between £5,000 - 6,000,” added Mrs Griffiths.
Stringer, of Highfield Drive, South Normanton, admitted theft between 1st November and 11th May.
Magistrates said their sentencing powers were insufficient in this case.
They committed her to be dealt with by a judge at Derby Crown Court on 11th November, when all sentencing options, including custody, will be considered.
“She split up with her partner and, as a single parent, domestic bills began to stack up,” said Phil Bloore, for Stringer.
“She intended to get a loan and pay back the money she had taken but it escalated to the point where she realised she couldn’t repay it.”
Mr Bloore added: “She was wracked with guilt and told a work colleague, who said she should tell the boss.
“She then made a full confession.”