A carer lied about being a domestic abuse victim and faked having a child to trick a couple into buying her a £26,000 Range Rover.
Kayleigh Asquith, 27, conned the into housing her and paying for her flashy cars after claiming she had a young son and boyfriends who were violent towards her.
She also impersonated a police liaison officer and even claimed she was connected to a murder case.
Yesterday, Asquith was jailed for two years and three months after admitting fraud by false representation and perverting the course of justice.
She also admitted fraud by abuse of position and theft in relation to a separate incident with a patient, reports Yorkshire Live.
Prosecutor Geraldine Kelly said Asquith had befriended the couple, who live in the Pontefract area, after helping to care for the woman’s father.
After claiming a boyfriend had been abusive, the couple allowed her to live with them rent-free.
Leeds Crown Court heard Asquith told them she was struggling for money and asked the man to help her buy a car, claiming loans had been taken out in her name when she was younger and was unable to get finance.
She bought two iPads worth thousands of pounds using the man’s account while he was away on holiday and denied it when he confronted her.
After being told to move out, Asquith sent the couple messages pretending to be a police liaison officer telling them she had been taken into police protection.
The couple eventually helped her buy her several cars, including a Range Rover worth £26,000.
In victim personal statements, the couple said they had been deeply affected by the lies and deceit from Asquith.
In a separate incident in Castleford earlier this year, Asquith stole and used an Argos store card belonging to a woman she cared for.
Asquith, of Holly Street, Hemsworth, appeared in court via a video link from HMP New Hall where she has been on remand for the past two months. She had no convictions prior to this case.
Jo Shepherd, mitigating, said her client’s difficult childhood had played a part in her behaviour, adding: “It does not excuse her behaviour but might account for why she has acted in a rather bizarre way that was ultimately doomed to failure.”
The barrister said Asquith may have found a family that she had craved from childhood in the couple and did “everything to hold onto” the relationship.
She said Asquith realises her career as a care worker is over and has paid back some of the money with around £7,500 still outstanding.
Recorder Jennifer Carter-Manning told Asquith: “Your offending involved multiple acts of dishonest manipulation and complicated deceit.
“People who trusted you, liked you and loved you and were perfectly entitled to rely upon you.”