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Swindling cheat stole £120,000 from work

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A Great Cornard woman who stole £120,000 from her employer has been jailed.

Julie Palmer, from Mallard Way, tried to point the finger of suspicion at colleagues and even claimed the company was involved in tax evasion before she admitted what she had done.

Palmer had used the money she stole to fund a lifestyle she could never have otherwise afforded.

Ipswich Crown Court heard on December 23 that Palmer, who pleaded guilty to theft from an employer, stole the money between November 2010 and June last year.

The 38-year-old had worked for eight years at Utel Ltd in Wolves Farm Lane, Hadleigh, where she was employed as an accounts manager.

Prosecutor Mark Lakin said company bosses became suspicious at the end of May that the company’s finances, and those of sister businesses, were not what they should be.

An investigation revealed that a cheque for £7,000 – recorded as being paid to a worker in Gambia – had in fact been paid to Palmer.

In early June, a bank transfer for £3,000 had been made to Palmer’s own account from the company account, which she went on to describe as a “terrible mistake” with the money being repaid, said Mr Lakin.

Mr Lakin said that further investigations uncovered a string of transfers to Palmer, amounting in total to £120,000.

 

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