Fiona Mubango (26) claims she has the money in a bank draft which was being brought to court by her brother but that he was arrested yesterday morning for an unrelated matter and taken to Cloverhill Prison.
Judge Katherine Delahunt adjourned the case until next week and remanded Mubango in custody while the money is tracked down.
Mubango, of New Haven Bay, Balbriggan, pleaded guilty at Dublin Circuit Criminal Court to five sample counts of stealing from Patrick McDonald by using two of his credit cards at shops and ATMs between May and July 2008 — €2,000 in cash was also taken from the victim’s house.
The losses amounted to €9,657. She has two previous convictions, also for theft.
Garda Kate Brennan told Mr Remy Farrell, prosecuting, that Mr McDonald had surgery in 2008 and that Mubango and another carer were hired to assist him while he recovered.
Mr McDonald kept two credit cards in his north Dublin home. While working there, Mubango took one of these cards and began using it to make online purchases.
When these online transactions were noticed on the bill the credit card was cancelled. Mubango then stole the second card and used it to make 10 withdrawals totalling €5,200 at ATMs.
Cathal McGreal, defending, said Mubango had come here from Zimbabwe when she was 16 and had started studying to be a nurse.
She was forced to drop out and seek work because of financial difficulties.