AN NHS nurse stole cash from elderly dementia patients to splash on clothes from Boohoo and River Island, a court heard.
Stacey Banfield, 31, took bank details from vulnerable patients at an NHS hospital in South Wales to spend their life savings.
Swansea Crown Court heard she spent hundreds of pounds buying clothes from high street fashion brands Boohoo and River Island.
Fashion-loving Banfield’s shopping spree came to an end after the relatives of two elderly patients saw the suspicious transactions and told police.
Prosecutor Helen Randall said: “Relatives of two patients on the ward noticed suspicious online transactions on their bank accounts in the summer of 2017 and contacted the authorities.
“Police made inquiries with the online retailers concerned and found the purchased items had been delivered to Banfield’s address.”
Banfield was arrested and told officers she had been “living well beyond her means”.
She spent £589 from two elderly victims aged 88 and 75, the court heard.
Ms Randall added: “Both victims were particularly vulnerable due to their circumstances.”
Banfield, from Port Talbot, pleaded guilty to two counts of fraud by false representation.
Hannah George, defending, said: “Banfield had worked for the NHS for 10 years and had been dedicated to those she cared for.
“She was deep in debt at the time and had turned to numerous payday loans in order to make ends meet.
“Banfield is deeply ashamed about her behaviour and was remorseful for what she had done.”
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Banfield was jailed for one year, suspended for 18 months.
Judge Keith Thomas said: “You took advantage of two vulnerable patients in your care and abused your position of trust.
“All right-minded people would be disgusted by this sort of behaviour and rightly so.”
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