Teenager carer goes on £2,000 spending spree after copying 90-year-old man’s bank details

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A TEENAGE carer copied a 90-year-old man’s bank card details before spending more than £2,300 in an online shopping spree.

Kristen Martin, 19, had just arrived as a probationer at the care home in Hartlepool when the pensioner asked her to take his bank card up to his room.

She secretly made a note of the card’s number and its security number on the back, Teesside Crown Court was told.

Prosecutor David Crook said that Martin then used the card 81 times to buy goods off eBay, clocking up a bill of £2,326.

The management at Clifton House, in Clifton Avenue, were told that fraudulent transactions had been carried out on the resident’s card.

When police searched Martin’s house, they found documentation for the eBay purchases.

She was arrested and she accepted her full involvement.

Mr Crook said the crime represented a high breach of trust against a vulnerable victim, and that it went on over a long period of time.

Rod Hunt, mitigating, said Martin, who had no previous convictions, had wiped out her training and her entire career by her offending.

She is now training to become a hairdresser, but the court heard it would not be for some time.

Judge Howard Crowson told her: “You have chucked your career away.

“You took advantage of the fact that you were a care assistant and you got money from the card and you persisted for a long period of time.”

Martin, of Cameron Road, Hartlepool, admitted fraud and was given a 14-week prison term suspended for one year with supervision.

She was also ordered to do 80 hours unpaid work and to pay £250 towards compensation to HSBC bank, which has repaid the victim’s money.