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Thursday, 24 April 2014

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Ex-worker at Cumbrian fashion shop admits fraud charge

A former assistant at a Penrith fashion shop has admitted defrauding her employers by giving false refunds.

Mother-of-two Samantha Eve Morrison, 34, of Clifford Close, Penrith, pleaded guilty to a charge of fraud arising from the time she worked at the Dorothy Perkins store.

The charge stated that between January 1, 2011 and July 31, 2011 she conducted £239-worth of false refund transactions and thereby abused her position as an employee by failing to “safeguard or not act against the financial interests” of the Dorothy Perkins group.

She had previously pleaded not guilty to that charge and only changed her plea today, just before she was due to go on trial at Carlisle Crown Court.

Two women with whom she worked at the store had previously admitted a similar charge, though in their cases the court has not yet been told how much money was involved.

They were Lisa-Marie Bell, 21, of Askham Crescent, Penrith, and Sarah Louise George, 21, of Scotland Road, Penrith.

All three women have been remanded on bail for background reports and will be sentenced on Wednesday.

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