Woman Bags 20 Months For Stealing Employer’s Money To Organise Lavish Wedding
Kirsty Lane, 30, transferred the funds from Pure AV’s bank account into that of her and her future husband, Graham.
The fraud was discovered shortly after the pair’s wedding at the Great Hall at Mains, near Blackpool in January 2011.
She stole about £122,000 from the Leyland company, which installs audio-visual equipment, by putting in fake invoices, marking them as paid and then depositing the money into her own account.
She also diverted about £70,000 through her husband’s account, which she told him were savings, salary and bonuses. About £6,000 was transferred into a third account.
Company director Peter Sutton said Lane had cost the firm about £300,000, due to tax and VAT payments, and put the “livelihoods of 20-plus people” in jeopardy.
Police said Lane began working for Pure AV in May 2007 and started siphoning money into her account in December 2008.
A spokesman said the offences had continued until she left the company for her wedding on 23 January 2011 by which time she had made a total of 122 fraudulent transactions.
Lane spent a large proportion of the money on a lavish wedding at the Great Hall at Mains
He said a large proportion of the money had been used to fund her “lavish wedding” which included a free bar, musicians, fireworks, a magician and face-painting.
He added that Lane had also used the cash to pay for home improvements and items such as a large television, a Tag Heuer watch, an iPod, compact mirrors and car keys covered in Swarovski crystals and personalised car registration plates.
He said she had “abused her position of trust to steal from her employer and fund a lavish lifestyle”.
Passing sentence, Judge Pamela Badley said the “modest” first amounts of cash Lane stole from the company had escalated and gone on to fund a luxury lifestyle.
Judge Badley said her behaviour had been “fraudulent from the outset” and told her she had taken part in a “cynical exploitation of the small company for which you worked”.