Jail for woman who posed as social worker to con the elderly

A woman who posed as a social worker and trainee warden to steal from vulnerable elderly people in their homes has been jailed. (pic: Rex features)

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A woman who posed as a social worker and trainee warden to steal from vulnerable elderly people in their homes has been jailed.

Mary Lorriman, of Hawthorn Mount in Normanton, West Yorkshire, was sentenced to two years and three months in prison at Leeds Crown Court yesterday after pleading guilty to two counts of burglary and one count of trespass with intent.

According to local reports, the offences came to light when a 91-year-old woman let Lorriman into her home in October last year, believing she was from social services, and later discovered that her purse had been stolen.

Prior to that, Lorriman had visited another pensioner claiming she was training to be a warden and offering to make a cup of tea. But Lorriman left when the woman’s daughter arrived at the house, it was reported.

In addition to a jail sentence, Lorriman was given an anti-social behaviour order banning her from approaching any elderly people apart from her own mother.

She is also forbidden to have bank cards or statements belonging to another person.

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