Carer sentenced for stealing cash from vulnerable Orpington man
PUBLISHED: 09:42 03 April 2013 | UPDATED: 09:43 03 April 2013
The carer of a vulnerable 72-year-old Orpington man has been handed a suspended prison sentence after she was caught stealing his money.
Bibi Rozida Leeming, also known as Rosie Leeming, of Shifford Path, Lewisham pleaded guilty to one count of theft and was jailed for six weeks, suspended for a year, at Croydon Crown Court last week.
A second count of theft of £11,923 was ordered to remain on file by the court.
Leeming, 62, was the private carer for the man with learning difficulties and would take him to the bank each week, where she would withdraw £500 on his behalf.
She would then swap the money for a smaller amount, duping her victim into believing he was receiving the full £500.
Detectives from Bromley police worked alongside the victim’s bank and caught Leeming in the act, withdrawing £400 and handing the victim £270.
The carer, who has previous convictions for benefit fraud, denied the offence throughout - but changed her plea at the last moment.