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Tuesday, 31 March 2015

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Woman must pay back cash to ex-employer or face longer jail term

A clerical worker who stole nearly £90,000 from her employer must repay more than £42,000 of her ill-gotten gains.

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Sharon Daly

In March, Sharon Daly, 42, of Slatefell Drive, was jailed for 20 months after she pleaded guilty to 11 counts of theft from The Lakes Home Centre in Cockermouth.

At Carlisle Crown Court a judge ruled that she had benefited from her crimes to the tune of £112,664 – but her available assets amounted to just £42,584.

Judge Barbara Forrester ordered that this amount should be repaid by the defendant as compensation to her former employer.

The ruling was made after a hearing held under the Proceeds of Crime Act – though courts usually give higher priority to ensuring that victims are compensated when criminal assets are seized.

If she fails to hand over the cash, Daly will be facing an extra 14-and-a-half months jail term in default.

In earlier hearings, the court has been told how Daly worked at the Low Road store from 2003 and was trusted in her clerical position to bank money and update thecompany ledger.

But in 2012 discrepancies were noticed between the ledgers and what was being paid into the bank.

Further investigations uncovered the scale of her thefts to be £89,717.

After the crime came to light, Patrick Lister, managing director of Lakes Home Centre, said the company had been angered by Daly’s crimes.

He said: “To find out she had been doing that was extremely disappointing and left us feeling angry and disillusioned.”


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