Scotter fraudster who targeted pensioners dealt with at Grimsby Crown Court
A fraudster targeted elderly women in a bid to con cash out of them by pretending that her young son desperately needed specialist medical help in America, a court heard.
She told them she urgently needed to raise money for the boy and claimed he suffered from brittle bone disease.
Leanne Albans, 31, of Marleau House, Lindholme, Scotter, admitted fraud, going equipped for theft, burglary and theft.
Nick Adlington, prosecuting, told Grimsby Crown Court that Albans was heavily pregnant at the time she visited elderly residents in Giblin Cottages, Scunthorpe, on August 15, 16 and 17.
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Two of the pensioners she spoke to were aged 80 and 67. One handed over £50 to Albans and the other £20.
In one of the warden-controlled homes, Albans took a purse.
Charlotte Eastwood, mitigating, said Albans admitted they were "not pleasant" offences.
Albans, who had been in custody, was given a two-year supervision order, with nine months of drug reviews.
Judge David Tremberg told Albans she had been the victim of a violent and abusive partner and she had been “fearful for her unborn child and laboured under pressure.”
He said she had devised a letter to trick vulnerable and elderly people into giving her money.
She had done so to pay for her partner’s drug debts, he said.
The court heard that Albans had 11 O levels and three A levels.