A “ruthless and heartless” fraudster who stole from elderly hospital patients and was discovered after one died has been sentenced to 12 years in prison.
June Weatherman, 56, sneaked into a room at Peterborough City Hospital and stole a bank card from bedridden 91-year-old Mary Banks in September 2018.
She spent more than £ 10,000 on the retiree’s bank card and withdrawn cash from ATMs before visiting McDonalds, JD Sports and B&Q, Cambridgeshire police said.
It wasn’t until the following month that her crimes were brought to light when the victim’s son went through her bank statements after she passed away.
An investigation revealed that Weatherman was responsible for the theft and fraud as well as a number of similar crimes in Norwich, York, Worcester, Kent and Sussex.
In November 2018, Weatherman claimed to be a nurse of two patients, both women in their 60s, at Worcester Royal Hospital.
One of the women asked her to leave her room and canceled her bank cards when she realized they were missing, while the other had stolen jewelery and her wallet containing debit cards and £ 30 cash.
A rural yacht for Weatherman was launched in November 2018 and six months later she was found at a caravan park in Clacton-on-Sea, Essex.
Weatherman, without permanent residence, was jailed at Huntingdon Law Courts on Friday after she went to trial earlier this month and was found guilty of nine robberies and five frauds, Cambridgeshire police said.
She was sentenced to 12 years in prison, a police spokesman said.
Weatherman is taking shape for such crimes, having served seven years in prison in 2014 after being convicted of stealing bank cards from elderly hospital patients and fraudulently spending thousands of pounds on them, police said.
Sergeant Lewis Busby, who was investigating, said: “Weatherman is a ruthless and heartless perpetrator who has shown no remorse for her crimes.
She repeatedly targeted vulnerable adults in what can only be described as the most immoral of crime.
This was a long and complex investigation involving officers from seven different forces.
“I am incredibly pleased with today’s result and hope it provides some closure for the victims and their families.”
Helen Harmeston, senior prosecutor for the CPS, said Weatherman “ruthlessly fell prey to hospital patients across the country, stealing money and bank cards and then exploiting them for her own selfish gain.”