Ruskington woman admits Co-op dividend card fraud

Lincoln Crown Court.
Lincoln Crown Court.

A Ruskington woman has admitted the fraudulent use of a stolen Co-op dividend card after she befriended a vulnerable victim.

Nicola Patmore, 41, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud relating to £157 worth of points on a Co-op dividend card when she appeared at Lincoln Crown Court today (Tuesday, February 10).

The offence occurred on February 1, last year.

Patmore, of Tennyson Road, Ruskington, also admitted to a charge of handling the stolen card between January 30 and February 2, 2014.

Sunil Khanna, defending, told the court Patmore was a mother of five children who were at home, and also had a grandchild.

“She also suffers from chronic asthma and is unable to work,” Mr Khanna added.

Judge John Pini QC agreed to adjourn sentence on Patmore for the preparation of a probation report and warned her he was considering imposing a tough community order.

“This may have been low value but it was an extremely mean offence,” Judge Pini told Patmore.

“I have read the victim’s statement and she regarded Miss Patmore as a friend.”

Patmore was granted bail until she is sentenced at Lincoln Crown Court on March 3.