Carer must pay back £130k

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A HOME-HELP who was jailed for cheating two elderly victims out thousands of pounds so she could buy designer handbags and luxury holidays, has been ordered to pay back more than £130,000 to the authorities.

Irene Slater, aged 61, of Southfields, Clowne, Derbyshire, was jailed for 42 months at Derby Crown Court for blackmail and fraud.

At a hearing under the Proceeds of Crime Act she was ordered to pay £126,391 compensation to her victims and a further £5,271 was confiscated by the court.

The court was told that a bank manager became suspicious about large amounts of money being given to Slater by an elderly man who was a customer at the bank.

Slater took tens of thousands of pounds from the 86-year-old over five years and stole almost £30,000 from a 71-year-old woman between 2008 and 2009 after blackmailing her.

She has got six months to pay back the money to the authorities or she faces a further 12 months in prison.