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Friday, 25 April 2014

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Women who conned fashion chain sentenced by Carlisle court

Three women ripped off a fashion chain by making a string of false refunds.

Related: Ex-worker at Cumbrian fashion shop admits fraud charge

They have been punished by a judge after stealing thousands of pounds from Dorothy Perkins.

Lisa Bell, 22, Sarah George, 34, and Samantha Morrison, also 34, all worked for the company’s store in Penrith.

Carlisle Crown Court heard they retained receipts and carried out false refunds, completing refund slips with false names and addresses.

They then took the money from the till.

The thefts, admitted by the women, were committed between January and July 2011 and totalled more than £2,700.

Bell, of Askham Crescent, Penrith was sentenced to six months imprisonment suspended for two years, a curfew of 8pm until 3am and electronically tagged for four months. She must also pay £1,199 in compensation.

George, of Hunter Lane, Penrith was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work, a curfew of 8pm until 6am and tagged for four months, as well as being ordered to pay £418.75 in compensation.

Morrison, of Clifford Close, Penrith, was sentenced to 115 hours’ unpaid work and was ordered to pay £238.90 in compensation and £400 in costs.

Detective Constable Vicky Hughes, of Cumbria police, said: “These women lied and stole from their employer.

“Bell and George pleaded guilty early in the process but Morrison only recently changed her plea to guilty, causing a lot more work and time to be spent on the case.

“This case shows that we are committed to finding and prosecuting criminals and take fraud very seriously.”

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