A confidence trickster has been sent back to jail after she preyed on elderly victims by posing a nurse.
Helena Seed, 24, carried a fake NHS card and gave victims a sob story about losing her money and not being able to afford the train home.
One elderly man parted with £50 after taking pity on her and going to a cash machine in Leeds city centre. He then gave her his bank details and she promised to put the money back into his account but it never appeared
Leeds Crown Court heard Seed, from Morley, committed the offences in July this year, just weeks after being released from prison for a string of identical offences committed in the Churwell area of Leeds.
She pleaded guilty to one offence of fraud and asked for five similar offences to be taken into consideration by the court. She was jailed for nine months by a judge who received a letter from Seed asking to be sent to custody so she could receive treatment for her drug addiction.
Nicholas De La Poure, prosecuting, said Seed was arrested over her latest spate of offences after the victim went to police when he discovered the money had not been put back into his account.
She was recognised from CCTV footage obtained from the Sainsbury’s store where he took her to withdraw the cash.
Seed, of Denshaw Grove, Morley, admitted the offences when she was arrested. The court heard she has 25 previous convictions.
Judge James Spencer, QC, said: “Your record of repeated confidence tricks of this kind means prison is inevitable.”
In January this year Seed was jailed for 42 weeks after admitting four offences of fraud and asked for six similar offences to be taken into consideration.
Those offences involved her pretending to be a student nurse who needed to borrow money to get a train home to Harrogate or Knaresborough.
Inspector Paul Sullivan, who heads Morley Neighbourhood Policing Team, said: “Despite having been sent to prison for a string of similar offences Seed has continued to exploit people’s good will on her release to fuel her addiction to drugs. We hope that the longer sentence she has received this time will give her the opportunity to seek treatment and break the cycle of offending.”