A 39-YEAR-OLD woman went on a £6,000 spending spree using a relative’s money for more than a year.

The cash belonged to a woman who was in a Lochgelly care home at the time and has since died.

The culprit was Natalie Foster, of Morar Street, Methil, who appeared in the dock at Dunfermline Sheriff Court.

She admitted that on a number of occasions between July 6, 2017, and August 23, 2018, at addresses in Milnathort, Glenrothes and the Benore Care Home, Lochleven Road, Lochgelly, she stole cash amounting to £6,000 from Mary Brown, now deceased.

Depute fiscal Amy Robertson said the victim was Foster’s aunt, who had taken the role of her mother.

Foster called the woman and her husband her mum and dad. Both have now passed away.

Foster was ordering items from Amazon and paying for them with the woman’s money. She went on to make purchases in various locations in Fife, Perth and Kinross.

Sheriff Grant McCulloch said: “This involved depriving others of their rightful inheritance.”

He imposed a structured deferred sentence which will be reviewed on January 25.