Be­friended woman, then stole

Ayrshire Post - - Court -

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

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