A 27-year-old woman was sentenced to a combination order at Antrim Crown Court today, Tuesday 23rd May.

Natalia Winiarska had pleaded guilty to 42 counts of false representation, five counts of attempted fraud by false representation, and two counts of theft.

Winiarska today was sentenced to a combination order including two years’ probation and 100 hours of community service. A compensation order in the sum of £6289.48 was also imposed.

Detective Constable McGuinness said: “Over an 11 month period, Winiarska, a healthcare worker, used her position to take money, bank card information from patients under her care. In total, six vulnerable adults were victims of this fraudulent activity in which Winiarska abused the trust given to her by her occupation.

“I hope this sentencing sends out a clear message to anyone who thinks they can get away with this type of crime. We will work tirelessly to bring offenders before the courts so that victims receive the justice they deserve.

“I would ask anyone who believes they are a victim of fraud to contact police on the non-emergency number 101.”