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

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

The big spender was Natalie Foster, of Morar Street, Methil, who has appeared back 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 Benmore Care Home, Lochleven Road, Lochore, she stole cash amounting to £6,000 from Mary Brown, now deceased.

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

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.

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

He had imposed a structured deferred sentence which has now ended.

Sheriff Craig McSherry imposed a community payback order with two years of supervision.