Wednesday 13 December 2017

Assistant stole almost £200,000 to fund lavish wedding

Paul Keaveny in London

A bride who stole up to £200,000 (€247, 960) from her bosses to help pay for her lavish wedding was jailed for 20 months yesterday.

Part-time accounts assistant Kirsty Lane (30), pictured, channelled funds from her employer's bank account into her own and her future husband's.

Her fraud was uncovered just days after she married Graham Lane (36), near Blackpool, Lancashire, in January last year.

Lane, of Lewis Close, Adlington, Lancashire, was sentenced at Preston Crown Court.

Passing sentence, Judge Pamela Badley said the "modest" first amounts of cash she stole from the company escalated and funded a luxury lifestyle.

Judge Badley said Lane's behaviour was "fraudulent from the outset", adding: "This was a cynical exploitation of the small company for which you worked."

Crystals

Police said Lane also used the stolen cash to pay for items including iPhone covers, iPad covers, compact mirrors covered in Swarovski crystals, car keys covered in Swarovski crystals and wedding flowers.

Detective Constable Will Hogan, of Leyland CID, said: "Kirsty Lane abused her position of trust to steal from her employer and fund a lavish lifestyle.

"The consequences of her greedy and appalling behaviour have had a massive impact on this small company, which has been adversely affected by the loss of this huge sum of money."

Speaking after the hearing, her boss Peter Sutton said that, due to added tax and VAT, Lane had cost the company a total of around £300,000 (€371,941).

Mr Sutton went on: "Her actions could have had a massive effect on our business."

Amanda Johnson, defending, said: "(Lane) felt that money and the trappings that money could buy would make her a more attractive proposition."

Irish Independent

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