Norwich wife Michelle Andrews took more than £ 14,000 from the business
An administrative official with low self-esteem fraudulently took more than £ 14,000 to live a lifestyle she couldn’t afford, a court has heard.
Michelle Andrews, 41, worked at a Norwich-based manufacturing company where she used staff credit cards and money she didn’t bank to fund hotel stays, weekends. ends, a flight to Jersey with another man, as well as a car.
Norwich Crown Court has learned that between September 2018 and February 2020 Andrews fraudulently took £ 11,000 from staff credit cards and stole £ 3,000 in cash, taken from vending machines, which she did not put in the bank.
John Fairhead, prosecutor, said the fraud involved 272 fraudulent credit card transactions used by nine other staff – two of whom have since left – the company.
In addition, Andrews also made use of £ 599 raised by colleagues at events held to benefit Macmillan Cancer Support in December 2019.
The association never received the money.
Mr Fairhead told the court the breach had had a ‘huge impact’ on the business, with ‘hidden costs’ of investigating the breaches of around £ 60,000.
The staff felt “stolen from them” and there was disbelief that anyone could steal the business as well as a charity.
Andrews, of Magpie Road, Norwich, appeared in court Thursday July 8 to be convicted after previously admitting fraud and theft and another count of fraud.
Recorder Simon Taylor said the amount of money involved in the offenses “does not do justice to the harm you have caused”.
He said the harm was “significant” and prompted new procedures to be put in place to try to prevent this sort of thing from happening again.
Andrews was sentenced to two years in prison, suspended for two years.
She was also ordered to perform 40 days of rehabilitation activity and to do 150 hours of unpaid work.
Matthew Sorrel-Cameron, mitigating, said the accused suffered from “low self-esteem” and had lived for many years “without friends”.
He said she had no existing relationship with any member of her family, including her son who lived with his father.
While working at the company, he said she “got into the habit of spending that money on a lifestyle she knew she couldn’t afford.”