GLAMOROUS trickster Nicola Abbs used her relatives' details to obtain credit cards and loans to fund a lavish lifestyle, a court heard.
The Huddersfield fraudster used her sister-in-law's name to get loans to pay for hairdos, dining out and even a £1,600 holiday.
She carried on using the accounts on an almost daily basis - even when she was actually standing trial for earlier deception offences against her veterinary surgeon employer, Gloucester Crown Court was told.
Lynne Cunningham, prosecuting, said mother- of-two Abbs continued making use of the cards right up until just days before she was jailed for 18 months in November, 2001, for obtaining by deception from the vet.
Immaculately dressed in a black jacket and low-cut grey dress, sun-tanned Abbs wept as she was yesterday sent back to jail for six months for a string of more than 400 offences involving accounts opened in her sister-in-law's name.
Abbs, 36, of Greenhead Road, Huddersfield, admitted obtaining a £6,000 loan from the Alliance & Leicester bank as well as a debit account, credit card and savings account by deception in 2001.
She also admitted obtaining an American Express card by deception in July to August, 2001, and an MBNA credit card in November, 2000.
Abbs asked the court to take into account 412 off- ences of using the cards and accounts by deception to obtain goods and services.
Miss Cunningham said the amounts involved in her offences totalled almost £16,500.
It was the third time Abbs had faced justice for deception offences.
Before her £30,000 deceptions against her vet employer in 2001 she had made headlines in 1998 when she was found to have been living a life of luxury in a Cotswold cottage paid for by state benefits she had obtained by deception.
Miss Cunningham said the latest offences were detected when Abbs' sister- in-law Tammy Stynes, 33, applied for a Barclaycard in October, 2001.
Tammy was then contacted by Barclaycard and told she could not have an account because she already had one.
"She made her own inquiries and then proceeded to make a complaint.
"It became apparent during police investigation that there were a series of cards and accounts in her name that she knew nothing about.
"They had been issued to her father-in-law's address and to two other addresses in Gloucestershire at which the defendant had lived on occasions in the past."
A summary of expenditure on the Amex account showed bills for eating out, shopping, hairdos at Tony and Guy, purchases at Next and B&Q and a £1,600 Thomas Cook holiday.
Judge Tabor noted that there had been spending on the card right up until days before Abbs was sentenced to imprisonment in mid- November 2001.
Miss Cunningham said the total loss suffered by MBNA on a credit card which Abbs also obtained in her sister-in-law's name was £7,026.
Spending on that card included the Wallis ladies clothes shop, H Samuel jewellers and Cavendish House, the Cheltenham House of Fraser store.
Abbs had also obtained a Next account and spent £984 on it.
Sarah Boyd, for Abbs, said her client had given the cards to a woman friend on the Friday before she was sentenced in 2001 and they had continued to be used.
Since going to jail in 2001, Abbs was a changed woman and had committed no new offences since, submitted Ms Boyd.
Abbs, her dark, highlighted hair tied up in a top knot and wearing spectacles, began to shake and sob, dabbing her eyes with a handkerchief, as Judge Tabor said he felt there was no alternative but to send her back to prison.
Jailing her for six months, he said he had reduced the sentence from what she deserved - 12 months - because she had pleaded guilty and because of the long delay in bringing the case to court.