A FRAUDSTER stole £15,000 from an elderly friend who trusted her as power of attorney.
Avril Brasher had known the victim for many years, Sheffield Crown Court was told.
And the 66-year-old offered to help manage finances for her “friend” when she moved into a care home.
But the court heard how Brasher began to withdraw large amounts of cash and buy items for herself.
An investigation began in 2017 when suspicions were raised over the victim’s unpaid care home bills.
PC Lynn Robins said: “Brasher completely abused her position as power of attorney, systematically helping herself to money over a period of years.
“The victim has sadly now passed away with the knowledge that someone who claimed to be her friend betrayed her in such a cruel way.”
Brasher, of Coronation Road in Rawmarsh, admitted fraud by abuse of position and was ordered to repay the money by November 5 or she will be back before the courts.
South Yorkshire Police said Brasher showed no remorse throughout the investigation.
PC Lynn Robins added: “Before she died, the victim told us how she simply wanted justice for what Brasher had done.
“Working with Rotherham Council and the Office Of Public Guardian, we have been able to seek justice on the victim’s behalf and on behalf of her family.
“I want to provide reassurance that we will work tirelessly to bring offenders to justice and protect the most vulnerable members of our community.”