Susan Hopkinson drained almost £100,000 from a 94-year-old’s bank account, leaving her with just £3,000.
The 51-year-old respite carer took the money bit by bit during a three-year period.
Hopkinson, of Newton Aycliffe, Co Durham, will only have to pay back a measly £5 after Durham crown court heard last week she has no assets.
She is currently serving a 40-month sentence for a single count of theft.
Another carer abused her trusted position to steal £20,000 from a housebound 75-year-old to pay for a holiday, a music festival and a cocaine habit. Lauren Pearce withdrew the money £250 at a time before another carer realised and raised the alarm.
The 25-year-old, from Wrexham, was jailed earlier this month at Shrewsbury crown court for 12 months after she admitted fraud charges.
Meanwhile, a carer in Teesside stole cash from a woman in her 80s to fund her boyfriend’s cannabis habit.
Natasha Cook, 37, of Guisborough, siphoned more than £1,250 from her victim’s bank account.
She was handed a 13-month prison term, suspended for two years, and given 120 hours of unpaid work. Cook was also told she must repay the cash she stole.
Annette Dix, a carer hooked on crack cocaine who took a wedding ring and a bracelet from the bedside table of the 85-year-old she was supposed to be helping.
Mum-of-four Dix, of Yate, Glos, sold the items to jewellery shops.
The judge at Bristol crown court branded her offences “mean” and “despicable” and handed her a 10- month jail term – suspended.
Rozaul Ahmed got 25 months’ jail for stealing two gold rings and cash from an elderly woman while visiting her home to look after her husband.
The 30-year-old pleaded guilty at Stoke-on-Trent crown court to charges of theft, fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice.