A Rotherham woman has received an 18-month prison sentence suspended for two years along with a 35-day rehabilitation programme, after defrauding an elderly relative of over £20,000 pounds.
54-year-old Belinda Fields of High Street in Whiston received the sentence at Sheffield Crown Court on 13 December after pleading guilty to two counts of theft and one of fraud at a hearing on 22 October.
Officers launched an investigation into Fields after reports that the elderly relatives care fees had not been paid.
Fields admitted claiming carers allowance while her relative was in care, she also admitted withdrawing her relatives benefit money out of their post office account and keeping it for herself.
She was also accused of renting out his property without their knowledge and keeping over £10,500 in rent money.
PC Lynn Robins who led the investigation said: “Fields abused her position to intentionally target a vulnerable victim for her own selfish gain. At no point did she think about the impact her actions would have.
“She waited until the day of the trial to admit to these serious charges against her own relative, and has shown no remorse for her actions. This investigation has involved other agencies such as the Rotherham Borough Council Safeguarding Team and the Department of Work and Pensions; through working together, we have been able to bring Fields to justice.
“Fraud is a serious crime and I hope that this result provides reassurance that everyone at South Yorkshire Police will work to bring offenders to justice and protect members of our community.”
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