A Co Tyrone girl who defrauded her employer out of just about £2m used the money to fund a luxurious life-style, a courtroom heard.
ive years after she was first arrested, particulars of her huge offending have been lastly disclosed at Dungannon Crown Court docket following repeated delays.
Press have been banned from naming the lady, primarily based on her menace to self-harm if recognized. This has now prolonged to issues round imprisonment, main the defence to hunt Decide Brian Sherrard QC to impose a Hospital Order.
Aged in her 40s, she was in courtroom yesterday to listen to the litany of offending she carried out over an eight-year interval.
Prosecution counsel Charles McCreanor QC mentioned this concerned 26 counts of fraud and cash laundering totalling some £1.9m.
It was established the defendant considerably breached the belief of her Cookstown-based employers, the place she was in command of funds. Regardless of having fun with an excellent wage, she filtered money from the corporate to the extent it was on the snapping point. The continual criminality totalled within the area of 500-600 particular person felony transactions, by the use of unauthorised withdrawals, digital transfers, fraudulent financial institution statements and forging of signatures.
Figures recognized expenditure was used to maintain a luxurious life-style for the defendant in her lavish home set in its personal grounds deep within the countryside.
Forensic examination confirmed life-style spend of £141,000; common expenditure of £360,000; property improvement £356,000; inside design of £311,000; vogue and great thing about £231,000 and £145,000 on jewelry.
Mr McCreanor defined the defendant “made up false financial institution statements” and supplied these to the corporate board and accountants, with fictitious figures.
She solid the title of a former firm worker who had left after a really critical highway site visitors accident.
Mr McCreanor mentioned: “There was vital planning and repeated offending over years … a particularly lavish life-style was indulged upon.”
He added the defendant had private management of the monetary information, destroying all documentation on realising she had been found.
Following arrest, she admitted the offences, claiming the funds have been spent: “Simply on holidays. There’s nothing to point out for it”
Mr McCreanor additionally disclosed the defendant approached one of many firm administrators and instructed him ‘in confidence’ she was affected by a uncommon most cancers.
However there was no most cancers and the defendant had used a delicate challenge to make sure she may proceed her life-style by accessing huge sums with out interference.
Defence attorneys accepted no funds have been repaid, however pressured willingness and the “precept property” — the defendant’s residence — is in the marketplace.
Sentencing was adjourned.