Befriended woman, then stole
A fraudster has admitted pinching funds from an arthritic vulnerable woman.
Amanda Niblock, 32, preyed on 53- year- old Elizabeth Armstrong and pocketed £ 500 by using an online app linked to her bank cards between August 31 and November 21 last year.
Ayr Sheriff Court heard Niblock, of Mill Street in Ochiltree, befriended Miss Armstrong, offering to pick up shopping for her.
And had also asked for handouts of money and children’s clothing.
Miss Armstrong, who walks with a frame, had contacted her online bank to check her balance when she was informed she only had £ 1 left in her account.
Realising there must have been an error, she attended Lloyds TSB in Ayr who confirmed that a paypal account registered at her home address was responsible for the transactions.
Police were contacted who then carried out enquiries.
Niblock was cautioned and charged with the offence on February 17 this year.
Upon being questioned, she replied: “I never stole it”.
Niblock failed to appear at her last diet and a warrant was granted for her arrest.
Appearing in court last Tuesday, Sheriff Mhari Mactaggart asked: “How is this being treated?
“Is she being reimbursed? - what’s happening with this woman’s money?”
The Sheriff deferred sentencing to ascertain if the sum of money obtained by fraudulent means has been refunded by the bank.
Niblock will reappear in court today ( Wednesday).
Thief Amanda Niblock